Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Oakland, Cali.
Bikes: Litespeed Saber, Sycip Unleaded
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Thank you for the reply, and the advice on how to measure axle to crown.
I was checking out cyclofiend's scans of the old Ibis catalog
from around that era--it looks like if I want to troll around for an older suspension fork, I might be looking for “RockShox Mag 21” or “Manitou 3” if I wanted to find a match to what the bike was built for originally.
I might do a search for the manuals for these, in order to find the axle-to-crown measurement “when properly sagged” (thanks M_S for that bit, I would not have thought it!) but it looks like I might be able to bypass this step and just assume that a rigid fork that is suspension corrected for 80mm travel might actually provide a slacker ride and raise the bottom bracket.
This would be a benefit, too, because I have been kicking around the idea of running drop bars (a la Midge) on this bike and the raised height of the head tube (and therefore raised handlebar height) might even be a little easier to attain if I used a fork with longer a-to-c dimension…
Thanks for the tip on the Surly fork—I will check for it—and it sounds like 80mm suspension corrected is the direction I might want to go.
At the risk of overstaying my welcome, here’s another question: will changing the a-to-c dimension—therefore changing the head tube angle—affect what rake I should be looking for? It would stand to reason that I would be looking for a fork with a lesser rake in order to compensate for the change in headtube angle…any opinions on this?
Thanks again to all of you.