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Old 10-16-09, 10:40 AM
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Which Fork with which Frame?

I'm currently in a dilemma of changing my suspension forks. I don't know which forks are appropriate. Is there a hard and fast rule which I should stick to when choosing a new fork? What are the measurements I should look out for?

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It will be helpful to give us more info about what you currently have, what kind of riding you (want to) do, etc. Photos are good, too.
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Hard and fast rules:
  • Don’t get a fork with a shorter axle-to-crown measurement than what came off it.
  • Don't be tempted by that 'killer deal' fork with a steer tube that's a bit short. You will spend way too much time and money hunting down a low-stack headset, a low-stack stem and other sundries . . . and then it still won't be quite enough and you will sell it on eBay.
  • Don’t buy a used fork with:
    1. Dirty spurge all over the stanchions
    2. A cantilever brake hanger on the arch
    3. Missing adjuster knobs
    4. A price too good to be true
  • Don’t put a dual crown fork on a cross country hardtail
    - - unless you plan a photo shoot for PinkBike.
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I'm actually riding a Bianchi Mutt 7400. I believe most of the parts have been changed, hence I really don't know what originally came with it as I bought it used. Some people have commented that the angles don't look too right, but can't really pinpoint a finger on what. I believe my fork (Suntour Raidon) can go 80/100/120mm, does this mean that I can grab forks that can do a 120mm travel?

I'm planning to do quite a bit of XC, trail isn't a long route, just tons of rocks everywhere.

I hope the photos help tell whether the geometry is correct as it is now.

I'm planning to install the Fox F100 or 32/36 TALAS. Will these fit? What are my other Fox options? I'm quite confused about what type of Forks I can fit on. So far what I've mostly heard is that a fork with a travel of 100mm would probably be the only safe bet for all hardtails. However I've seen a Fox Float on a hardtail too.
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I was just reading some stuff online, apparently the size of my hub has to match that of the fork?
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I was just reading some stuff online, apparently the size of my hub has to match that of the fork?
Don't get a fork that takes a thru-axle hub unless that's what you've got or are getting.
A bit off-topic, but what's up with those white-walls? Where did you find them? Who makes them?
Edit: BTW you need 100mm travel fork.
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By white walls, are you referring to those on the tyre? Those came like that on the Kenda tyres.

Will a TALAS with its suspension adjusted to 100mm work? Would I have to change the hub? How do you tell its for a 100mm travel?

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