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    Question fork upgrade questions

    i have a trek 8.3 with a 63 mm travel fork.well as a clyde i kill most of that travel,so i am looking at the is http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Manitou-...item2a12bb26a0 or i can go up to a 100mm option too,would this really mess up the geometry of the bike?i do ride mostly single track and forestry rds.thanks for the help
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    Im not sure how the 100mm will handle. It will definitely be a little harder to climb. I have to lean forward so much that i lose traction at climbs... Since the stock fork is only 63mm, 80mm would probably be the max you wanna go. I bottom out every time i downhill on a trail with my 63mm fork. 2" of travel definitely isn't enough. Just keep in mind, the more travel you add to our bikes(Dualsport), the more the suspension geometry changes and it MIGHT not be a welcomed change for the sake of more travel. If you do get the 100mm, please share your findings..i would really like to know for sure if my suspicions are right.

    For Singletrack, IMO the 60mm is fine..there fore 80 should be plenty. Downhills though, that is another story.
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    I would ask why you feel you need a suspension fork on a hybrid with 700c wheels - since larger wheels roll over things better loads of 700c/29er mountain bike riders eschew forks altogether. i say get a rigid fork, and some wider tyres if you want a softer ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Violet View Post
    I would ask why you feel you need a suspension fork on a hybrid with 700c wheels - since larger wheels roll over things better loads of 700c/29er mountain bike riders eschew forks altogether. i say get a rigid fork, and some wider tyres if you want a softer ride.
    Hey Violet,
    I think the OP is just looking at his options..like me, he probably goes more off road than onroad therefore wanting a little more travel for that extra absorption.
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    i already have added 29 tires and yes i am more off road more than on(didn't know this would happen when i bought the bike,)i have not locked the fork out yet on the trails,i worry about hurting the front wheel since i am at 290-330 lbs,we have lots of roots here and right now most are hidden by the falling leaves so you don't see them in time to adjust and i have hit a few harder than i wanted,i probably have a 1/2 inch or so of travel on level ground and i was was just looking to add some more cushion,i currently have the pre load cranked up to the point its almost locked.


    Also my off road skills have alot to improve on,i am sure as i get better i will be able to help the bike more,right now I need all the assistance i can get.

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwilliams View Post
    i already have added 29 tires and yes i am more off road more than on(didn't know this would happen when i bought the bike,)i have not locked the fork out yet on the trails,i worry about hurting the front wheel since i am at 290-330 lbs,we have lots of roots here and right now most are hidden by the falling leaves so you don't see them in time to adjust and i have hit a few harder than i wanted,i probably have a 1/2 inch or so of travel on level ground and i was was just looking to add some more cushion,i currently have the pre load cranked up to the point its almost locked.


    Also my off road skills have alot to improve on,i am sure as i get better i will be able to help the bike more,right now I need all the assistance i can get.

    Thanks
    LOL..i bought some 29-3 Fonts and Rears as well. The Rears are a lot skinnier than the fronts(because of clearance issues) and i take it on the trails. Like you, im doing more Off ROad stuff than Onroad..didn't know that either when i bought the bike...thinking i was going to ride once every 2 weeks or so...now, im going 4 times a week! In your case, i would DEFINITELY get the longer travel shock if you plan on keeping your 8.3. Im keeping my 8.4 so im upgrading my baby probably next month to a Rockshox Reba RLT w/Remote. I wouldn't recommend Suntour if you are planning on getting something bigger. In a perfect world, I would get a Fox, but it is just outta my budget. Rockshox fits and is way smoother than my suntour in any given day. If you think you don't want to spend about $4-$500 on a Reba, the $300 Recon works just fine as well. Both have 80mm travel and can be set to 120mm if you choose. Best of luck man..when you get ur fork, report back so we know how it went!
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    Zero thanks,

    i found this and may pull the trigger in the next day or 2..http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/216...-Fork-2011.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwilliams View Post
    Zero thanks,

    i found this and may pull the trigger in the next day or 2..http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/216...-Fork-2011.htm
    SCORE! You will love the Recon Gold! Congrats man!
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    Fork arrived just got done installing,will be riding tomorrow,unfortunately it will be flat(Coast of Charleston).

    I set it to 80mm of travel,decided the 100mm would be too much,definitely see a different of how the bike sits unloaded.With me on it,i don't seem to feel any different,pedaled around the yard real quick and it feels smoother.steering felt lighter?..i will try to hit a trail near home Monday and see how it handles some bumps and hills.
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    Update..

    Got to ride the bike on a trail that i had ridden before with the stock fork,unfreakin believable the difference in how smooth it made this trail,i can feel it working as i ride absorbing small bumps,stumps etc.

    one issue i was having with the old fork was my vision would have a few miles to get used to the constant vibration(yes i wear glasses)now its clear from the start.

    i have the sag set at 30% just to much of a clyde to get it lower,i don't feel any bottoming out as i ride.

    the bike just seems to be easier to ride since changing the fork.


    Next i am switching over to BB& brakes....
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwilliams View Post
    Update..

    Got to ride the bike on a trail that i had ridden before with the stock fork,unfreakin believable the difference in how smooth it made this trail,i can feel it working as i ride absorbing small bumps,stumps etc.

    one issue i was having with the old fork was my vision would have a few miles to get used to the constant vibration(yes i wear glasses)now its clear from the start.

    i have the sag set at 30% just to much of a clyde to get it lower,i don't feel any bottoming out as i ride.

    the bike just seems to be easier to ride since changing the fork.


    Next i am switching over to BB& brakes....
    Just what I figured. I'm glad you live the upgrade!! I see the same issues with vibration and bottoming out..even at sidewalks!! Thanx for the report bud!
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    air pressure adjustment conquers heavy rider preload, but those forks cost significantly.

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