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The general rule of thumb, is if you increase your fork travel by 1 inch, you will slacken the head tube angle (and bike) by 1 degree. This isn't an exact rule, but like mentioned a rule of thumb. (you techno wienies relax!)
This can be good or bad depending on where and how you ride. If you ride in tight technical trails with a lot of switchbacks, slackening the headtube angle might be bad and cause the bike to steer slower.
If you ride a lot of fireroads or smooth ribbony (is that a word?) singletrack or double track, a lot of fast downhills, it may actually improve your ride.
BTW, does the FSR XC have the adjustable travel on the linkage? I think just the Enduro and their BigHit bikes do. If so, you can set the travel to provide the steepest angle to conteract the slacker angle produced by the longer travel fork. Does that make sense?
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