Swift Folder fork change out dilema..
I've run into a slight dilemma on the last stage of my Swift build, and was wondering if I could get some input from you all.
Over the weekend my carbon forks arrived, so I stopped by and visited the LBS today to talk to the mech. & see how smooth the install would go. Just a few issues though..the main, being that with the new forks are shorter than the stock ones by 3cm's..
We couldn't install the forks as the shop didn't have the proper headset, but we did remove the stock Swift fork & original headset to get an eye of how it would sit... and as mentioned above, it was "low ride'n" at the front...
The off set of the new fork wasn't too far off the stock fork & stem riser, so the mechanic said there shouldn't be to much difference in handling, but what do you all think? 3cm's lower seems kinda big to me.. & though new forks would lighten up the bike (forks are only 435grams!), I'm having second thoughts..if its gonna screw up the handling...the weight-savings wouldn't be worth it..
Is there an easy way to correct the geometry..?
Also, the stem riser (top steer tube? column?) is plenty long enough, but I either need a REALLY long spacer, or something to fit over the column to act as a spacer, in between the top of the head & base of the handle bar stem.
- Looks like about 30cm's. I was hoping to just trim & fit the Airnimal Joey stem riser that I have on it now, but it doesn't fit..The column is 1 1/8, but still no luck in squeezing it over the column..
Again, any ideas would be really appreciated..thanks!