Suspension fork question
I was curious as to what determines how much front suspension a given frame can handle? I hear alot of people saying stuff like, "make sure your frame can handle that fork", "that may be too much travel for your bike", etc, etc. Is it something to do with the bikes geometry? I'm asking this because I found a nice deal on an 130mm fork but I'm just not sure if my frame can handle it. Here's the frame the fork will be going on if that helps- http://pricepoint.com/detail/14169-1...tail-Frame.htm Thanks guys.
I think the frame will be fine with a 130mm fork. When I first saw the pic, I thought, well, that's an XC frame made for a short travel fork (maybe 100mm travel or less). But then I saw the 69 degree head angle spec, and I realized it would be well suited for more travel. I don't know what would be absolutely ideal for that frame, but I think a 130mm travel fork would fall within a range that would give good results in terms of handling. The more "slack" the head tube angle (slack meaning less perpendicular to the ground, or less vertical), the more suited the frame is for a long fork. The more race oriented XC frames, designed for shorter travel forks, will typically have a steeper head angle, something in the neighborhood of 71 degrees-
Hey thanks well biked, that's just the answer I needed! It totally makes sense now when I look at the frame. I think I'm going to play it safe and go with the Tora which is adjustable from 85-130mm over the Marzocchi which is non adjustable. Thanks again!