Join Date: May 2002
Bikes: 2010 Cervelo RS. Marinoni touring bike. Kona Tanuki MTB. Specialized Hardrock (commuter). Raleigh (early 80s) Super Gran Prix.
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Originally Posted by born2bahick
The bike came with a zero clearance headset, so if you can run a standard headset you can make up about three eights of that inch. for xc if you run a 2.0 on back and a 2,4 on front you make up another eigth of an inch?
Thank you for that advice. Just so I understand, you're speaking of using a standard headset to raise the handlebar height right?
That seems to be a wise idea, me thinks.
BUT, since this bike has a tapered head tube; 1 1/8" to 1.5" and I am using a standard 1 1/8" fork, then I need a reducer in the bottom of the headtube. From what I understand, there are not that many companies supplying this type of headset, with a reducer. The one I have ordered is a Cane Creek zero stack headset. See image.
Regardless, I am already using about 30mm of spacers now.
I do not understand what you mean by; "run a 2.0 on back and a 2,4 on front...[to]make up another eigth of an inch
." Would you be able to explain that please? Do you mean tire size?
My original question was probably not clear though. I am wondering what are the ramificatons of putting a 100mm fork on a bike that comes stock with a 130mm fork?
Suppose, in the future, I wanted more travel up front, does that mean I cannot use a fork with 150mm of travel then? That it would "seriously affect the handling of the bike from what Kona had designed
In short, I have a fork (6 months old) that I want to use and I do not want to have to purchase another one. But, if the "handling" or "usability" of this bike is going to be so bad, then I will.....but I'd rather not.