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Old 11-28-06, 03:36 PM
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maximum fork travel?

hi, i have a kona shred and i am wanting to upgrade my forks. I was wondering if their is any restrictions on the amount of travel you can have. it came with 100 mm forks and im wanting to upgrade to about 130 - 140 mm, is this possible?
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Rule of thumb is change of 20 mm of suspension travel will slacken you head tube angle by 1 degree.

A change of more than 1 degree will noticibly affect the feel of your bike.

I'd recommend an adjustable travel 100 to 130 fork and leave it in the middle!
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It's a DJ bike, so 130 will be fine.
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"A change of more than 1 degree will noticibly affect the feel of your bike."

im not too worried about the feel of the bike, i was wondering if the headtube would end up snapping?
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130-140 would be fine, just a word of warning, it does slow the bike down when cornering. I would stick with a fork that has 100mm of travel though.
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okay, thanks for the responses. i think i might go with a pike, im not to worried about the cornering speed as im not competetive, i mostly do all mountain sort of riding which is why i wanted to upgrade
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i have another question..i was wondering if i have to upgrade my hub if i was to get this.. im not to sure how to fit the tyre on. any help?
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if you have a quick release now, you'll need to invest in a 20mm front hub wheel. Which i saw a 20mm front wheel for like $130 on PricePoint. BUT, yes you'l need a new wheel for that fork if you don't already have a 20mm wheel
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Old 11-29-06, 01:56 PM
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im quite a noob when it comes to this, but my front hub is not quick release, you have to bolt it on..im not sure if it is 20mm..
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is the axle huge?
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He has a 10mm bolt on axle.
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okay. so iv had another look around and found the "Fox Forx Vanilla R" with 125mm travel, these forks are £299. the reviews look good, would they be good for some street, and mostly all mountain use?

here is the link http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...x?ModelID=7272
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theyd be fine, although id personally reccomend sticking to 100mm, if you enjoy your trail riding you wont apreciate the slower handling and the higher front end so much if you go for a longer fork.

remember, its a DJ bike, not a DH bike. keep the steering on the quick side!

plus doing street on a 130mm fork simply isnt practical...
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