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    bending fork

    I have a 2002 rockshox judy TT on my trek 4500. If I take it off any drops, or ride through very uneven, rocky terrain at speed, is the fork inclined to bend or break?

    (or any other part of the bike, for that matter)

    On a completely unrelated subject, the area from the inside tip of my thumb, down the thumb, and about halfway into the palm of my hand, gets very sore after a short while of riding. Could this be due to the angle of my handlebar? (they're sloped down somewhat). Would a different angle handlebar relieve the stress there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerboyd
    I have a 2002 rockshox judy TT on my trek 4500. If I take it off any drops, or ride through very uneven, rocky terrain at speed, is the fork inclined to bend or break?

    (or any other part of the bike, for that matter)

    On a completely unrelated subject, the area from the inside tip of my thumb, down the thumb, and about halfway into the palm of my hand, gets very sore after a short while of riding. Could this be due to the angle of my handlebar? (they're sloped down somewhat). Would a different angle handlebar relieve the stress there?
    Well, the fork *is* 4 years old and is not meant for any big drops. Rock gardens will probably make it flex alot and also cause play in it but riding it on trails without any big drops or rock gardens should be fine in my opinion.

    I'd suggest either trying to angle your handlebars further downwards and/or your brake levers. What you could also try is lower the seat (in case you have your seat higher than your handlebars) as this will alleviate pressure on your hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drunken Chicken
    Well, the fork *is* 4 years old and is not meant for any big drops. Rock gardens will probably make it flex alot and also cause play in it but riding it on trails without any big drops or rock gardens should be fine in my opinion.
    Yeah, but which is more fun?

    And about the thumb soreness... I get that even if I'm just holding onto the handlebar, not necessarily when I'm breaking. It's like the handlebars are at an uncomfortable angle.. but then I guess I just answered my own question. What type of handlebar setup is the most comfortable, do you guys think?

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    I say ride it until it breaks, my 1998 RS Indy SL has not given up the ghost and I do kinda put a big strain on it, its probably the only part (among the heavily stressed parts) in my bike (along with the rear derailleur) which has not broke or needed maintenance/replacement, hell even my frame went before my suspension, I don't think you need to worry about it unless you are doing some extreme stuff.

    In any case that Judy TT is begging to be replaced so just ride it hard until it breaks and you can get a nice fork.

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    It will start to bend. Mine did. Its just old and means you have to get a new one. Cuase it is ganna keep bending no matter what you do to it.

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    Bend it till it breaks, then you'll have a nice story to tell.

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    ride off the biggest drops you can find to put it to a death fail test
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