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Old 07-23-08, 11:19 PM   #1
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suspension fork on touring frame?

thought of this after reading spons32 divide ride on a lht post... could you put a suspension fork on an lht? has anyone done this on a touring bike and taken it on a long off road tour?

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thought of this after reading spons32 divide ride on a lht post... could you put a suspension fork on an lht? has anyone done this on a touring bike and taken it on a long off road tour?
I would never even consider doing that; it's an abomination.
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What's a touring bike? There are 26" touring-specific bikes out there, and suspension-specific touring bikes out there! LHT is not the only fruit! The only thing you need to watch out for when adding a suspension fork is the change in fork length, which raises the front end of the bike, alters your seatpost angle etc. Depending on your current geometry, you might be alright with a fork which has only 80mm travel.

Have a look at Thorn's website - they specialize in touring bikes: rohloff & derailleur, flat & drop, suss & rigid.
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I did. I ride it on my favorite trail quite a bit. Rides pretty good if I have to say so myself. I had this set up since 2004.
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Hi rmwun54 - are your chainstays asymmetric? Or is it just the angle of view that makes the LHS look higher?
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thought of this after reading spons32 divide ride on a lht post... could you put a suspension fork on an lht? has anyone done this on a touring bike and taken it on a long off road tour?
Of course you can! I'm assuming a short travel 80mm X country fork on a 54 cm and below LHT. Any longer fork travel and your steerer and seat tube geometries are going to be affected. A higher front end and steering like an airport trolley.

What's worse is the BB height/clearance is going to be higher too. Assuming you don't adjust your seatpost lower to compensate for this, your toes won't reach the ground. None too safe going offroad.
Lower the seatpost and your legs can't fully stretch.

I had this dilema on an late 80's MTB. My LHT's front suspension is a fat 2.2 inch Maxxis tire. Seems to work.
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