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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate14
    Also: will a 130 mm fork kill that frame? !

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    cannondale's website has maximum allowable fork lengths listed for each frame they make.

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