Advice on my franken-bike? Will the fork kill it?
So, after toying with the idea of buying a chaparral frame and building it into an all-mountain machine, I realized that funds won't allow for a 900 dollar frame plus the build. So instead, I'm assembling a rat-bike with parts I have lying around/parts I'll buy. Here's the spec, any advice would be most appreciated:
Frame: 2004 Cannondale F300
Crankset: RaceFace Evolve DH X-Type 22/32/44
Pedals: Generic big platforms
Bars: Old Salsa Cro-Moto Risers, steel
Stem: Short, sturdy, Planet X
Fork: 2003 (I think) Marz DJ III
Fr. Wheel: Big Fat Mammoth rim with 2.7 rubber
R. Wheel: Generic crappy wheel on IRC Kujo rubber for now
Shifters: SRAM attack triggers
Rear D: Shimano LX
Front D: LX
Grips: ODI Lock On type grips
Brakes: Avid BB7s
This is what I have laying around plus a bunch of stuff I'm ordering from pricepoint. My goal is a durable, un-fancy, somewhat cheap, do-all hardtail. I don't care if it's ugly (it will be) and I don't care if it's heavy (it will be). I care that it's fun to ride and lasts well. Anyone have opinions on this spec?
Also: will a 130 mm fork kill that frame? It came with a 100 mm Judy, so I know the DJ is violating the holy 20 mm rule, but I figured the 1.5 headtube would cover that extra 10 mm.
As always, your thoughts and opinions would be most appreciated! Thanks!
Taking "s" outta "Fast"
Originally Posted by nate14
cannondale's website has maximum allowable fork lengths listed for each frame they make.