Old 11-20-09, 05:01 PM
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Bluetrane2028
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Yes, the head tube is a bit on the slack side, but it's an older bike. Many older bikes are slacker than that without suspension. Here's my issue. You like the bike, you enjoy the ride. But then you decide to measure it and you question it. It rides like you want but it doesn't look like you want... Just because something doesn't fit in a measurement window that you think it must be doesn't automatically make it bad. Maybe the relaxed geometry is part of what makes the bike appeal to you. Sure, replace the fork, just go with something that has similar travel, or adjustable travel and dial it down as far as you can. It's not a DH bike, and with XC the point of suspension is to make the bumps less bad, not take them away altogether. 80mm will still do that regardless of whatever is out there for new and decidedly more money. You might even be better served converting it to rigid. Just sayin'.

It may never be your number one ride, but I personally wouldn't dump it just because you can't get more travel out of the fork.

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According to BikePedia, this is possibly as early as 1993. The CFM-1 apparently came originally with XTR parts, and it's lower spec'd sister, the CFM-3 came with LX, FWIW. Yours could've been a bike shop mistake or a budget rebuild. Also, there WAS a major recall on the bike, but as far as I can tell it only referred to the original fork spec'd on the CFM-3 a "Giant Zorbers"

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml97/97051.html

The CFM-1 came with a RockShox Mag21, to give you an idea of the travel it was originally designed to have (48mm).

You like how it rides at 80mm, I think with what I found you will be able to make an educated decision.

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