Just bought a new SID Team fork and I want to set the travel before I install it on my bike.
It comes with a piece to adjust the travel from 80mm down to 63mm. My initial thought was that doing this would shorten the fork's extended length by 17mm. I thought that this might be a good thing for me. My frame is pretty old, and the fork that's coming off of it (Manitou 4 - I should donate it to a museum ) didn't have much travel and it's extended length is shorter. I thought that lowering the fork would preserve the original geometry better plus I'm just not used to a lot of travel anyway.
However, looking at the service instructions for the fork, it looks like the spacer part just prevents the fork from compressing all the way. Looking at the pictures (I haven't actually disassembled the fork to play with it) it looks like the extended length stays the same, with the fully compressed length being 17mm longer.
Can this be right? Surely I'm looking at it wrong, right? I just can't imagine why you'd want to keep the fork long, but reduce its travel......