I'm currently in the market for a new fork. After testing a few out on friend's bikes I've decided that I want to go with a fox rlt. My question though is if I should get the 100mm or the 80mm travel version. I race xc competitively at the sport level and hope to move up to the expert level next year or the year after so weight is a concern, but not so much that I'd be willing to sacrafice quality (which is why I'm not going with a sid).This will be going on my trek 8500 which is an xc only bike.I live in New England so almost all of the trails are covered with babyheads and roots. I won't be doing drops really over a foot and all of them are right there on the trail. I won't be going out of my way to hit any.
My question is mainly for those that have rode both 100mm and 80mm forks. What major differences did you notice between the two? Did the extra 20mm make that big a difference for xc riding. I've only been able to test out 100mm versions so I don't know how the difference would feel.
Thanks for any help and if you need more info just ask.