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Old 08-19-05, 04:32 PM   #1
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I would be greatful if someone could give me some advice. I am thinking about buying a Kona Stinky frame, but it comes without forks - this wouldnt normally be a problem, and i will put my Rock Shox onto the frame, but the Stinky normally has the forks that come right up to the handle bars. Sorry if that doesnt make much sense, but i am sure you will know what i am trying to say. Will my forks go onto the frame, or will they just go on, but not work properly?
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Old 08-19-05, 06:01 PM   #2
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and i will put my Rock Shox onto the frame, but the Stinky normally has the forks that come right up to the handle bars.

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How much travel does your rock shox have?? Your talkin' about a double crown fork. Are you gonna run a boxxer??
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100mm i think?
Will a stinky be a good XC bike?
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Sorry - whats a Boxxer?
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Your bike will feel heavily unbalanced with a short front end and the long travel rear end. Unless we are talking a 2001 stinky thats just not gonna be a good combo to ride and will feel VERY steep for a fr bike.
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I would be greatful if someone could give me some advice. I am thinking about buying a Kona Stinky frame, but it comes without forks - this wouldnt normally be a problem, and i will put my Rock Shox onto the frame, but the Stinky normally has the forks that come right up to the handle bars. Sorry if that doesnt make much sense, but i am sure you will know what i am trying to say. Will my forks go onto the frame, or will they just go on, but not work properly?
Any help would be great.

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Depends on what year the frame is. Anything up to 2002 will work better with a single crown fork between 105mm and 125mm of travel (you could use a 130mm travel fork with out to much change in the handling). 2003 frame had a bit different geometry and more rear travel and were designed to use a fork with 130mm to 150mm of travel. You can however put a 130mm travel fork on a newer frame but it will handle poorly and I would definitely not put any thing less then 150mm on a 2006 frame.

Someone might have answered before I finished typing but a boxxer is someone who fights in a square ring for money it is also a dual crown fork made by RockShox


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Will a stinky be a good XC bike?
No. The Stinky is more of a freeride-oriented bike. It's a downright ***** to pedal and it's really heavy.
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It's a downright ***** to pedal and it's really heavy.
Besides, never ride anything that's "stinky".... Stinky, heavy and ***** aren't a good combination.
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Depends what you consider heavy. I find the stinky a pretty reasonable weight for a fr bike. It makes a great fr/trail bike.

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I used my Stinky for 3 yrs as a xc bike. With the right components you can get the weight around 28 to 30lbs. Throw on a good rear shock and it works great and can still handle the biger hits.

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Depends on what year the frame is. Anything up to 2002 will work better with a single crown fork between 105mm and 125mm of travel (you could use a 130mm travel fork with out to much change in the handling).


really thats funny, i have a 02 stinky primo that im running a 02 monster t on and i love it. a 100 mm single crown on a stinky p? come on dude, thats a joke.
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Primo was 1in more travel. I think he is talking standard stinky.
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really thats funny, i have a 02 stinky primo that im running a 02 monster t on and i love it. a 100 mm single crown on a stinky p? come on dude, thats a joke.

The geometry of the Stinky was not designed for long travel. Key word, designed. That does not mean it wont work or hold up to the forces put on it. I ran a '99 Stinky with a 200mm fork as well but it does handle differently then it would if you were to use a fork it was designed for.

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I may be a noob here but if you don't even know what a double crown fork is then maybe it's time to do some research! Stinkys are great fr/trail bikes. They are light and pedal efficiently, relatively speaking. You don't HAVE to have a double crown fork on the Stinky (that's with the tubes that go all the way up to the bars. What's important is having the adequate amount of travel. Probably somewhere around 5" or above would make the Stinky angles/geometry maximized. You can get single crown forks with up to 8" of travel now if you have to have a single crown for x ups and stuff. You will have a great time on that Stinky once you get it built up right and ride it for the appropriate uses. Have fun!
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I would be greatful if someone could give me some advice. I am thinking about buying a Kona Stinky frame, but it comes without forks - this wouldnt normally be a problem, and i will put my Rock Shox onto the frame, but the Stinky normally has the forks that come right up to the handle bars. Sorry if that doesnt make much sense, but i am sure you will know what i am trying to say. Will my forks go onto the frame, or will they just go on, but not work properly?
Any help would be great.

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What year is the frame? Per the Kona website (www.konaworld.com) the 2005 Stinky is designed as a FR bike and comes in between 38 lbs and 44 lbs as spec'd as a fully built bike by Kona. That is not exactly my idea of the typical XC bike (although I think the Stinky is a nice FR bike). Looking at how Kona spec'd the bike should be a good indicator of how you might build it up re:fork, etc. There are many options, of course.

What type of riding do you plan to do?
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