150/160mm Forks and hubs question
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martini henrie



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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2015 9:30 pm    Post subject: 150/160mm Forks and hubs question Reply with quote

Hi I'm after some advice about getting a new/second hand fork for my Santa Cruz Chameleon. I currently have a 130mm fork and a tonne of spacers on the headset to bring the handlebars up.

What fork would be best, for general XC work and the like? It needs to be a straight and not a tapered headset. I am trying to work out what my budget needs to be, but have no idea what forks to look for, or what price they will be.

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stu8975



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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For general xc..100-130mm travel is all you should need. Fitting longer travel is just gonna add weight, slow the steering down as it slackens the head angle.

You gonna get more flex unless you go to a 34mm or 36mm fork...then you'll be adding best part of, if not around 1lb weight.

Do you use all the of the travel now? Probably not if you only ride xc.

Prob be at least £200+ for an older decent fork.

Wheel fitting will also be either 15mm or 20mm unless you get really old ones, so if your hub isn't compatible, factor a new front wheel in.

No many to choose from at 160mm other than fox 34/36's (but you'll struggle with getting a std steerer), most of the 32mm foxs are 140/150mm, same goes for rockshox, revelation 140/150mm or Pike if 160mm (again std steerer will be hard to find if they ever did it).
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martini henrie



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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers for the reply stu, I'm chasing my brother whose got a Specialised Enduro so I've bottomed out on a few runs. I will admit I'm badly put of practice which won't help and the forks are a tiny bit for aesthetics, but the current ones I have weigh a tonne. The Chamelion weighs more than the spesh...

The second part is to sort pit whether I need a new front wheel. I have a Sun Ringle ma on the front at the moment, and I've tried googling for axle conversion kits to no avail. Can any of the kit gurus give a definitive answer as to whether I can get a kit or resign myself to a new front wheel? Is there a generic kit that I'm overlooking?

Thanks again for the help.
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