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putting 29" suspension fork on a cross bike?(5 posts)

putting 29" suspension fork on a cross bike?ki
Jan 11, 2004 7:18 PM
I manage to spank my buddies on a XC mountain bikes uphill... very different story downhill. Wondering if anyone has installed one of the new 29" suspension forks on their bikes?... just for the off-season of course. =P
Not worth it.unclefuzzy_ss
Jan 13, 2004 6:34 AM
You'd screw up your handling sooooo bad. The 29" sussy forks are 19 inches tall. 19 inches! That'd take your nice 72° head angle to something in the realm of 69°. Your best bet is to run the biggest tire you can if you want to keep up in that situation.
Not worth
Jan 13, 2004 10:49 AM
what about the RockShox Metro? ... though guessing the arguement is the same.
the Metro?laffeaux
Jan 13, 2004 1:29 PM
The RS Metro is nearly 5 pounds, and you get less than 2 inches of travel.

I installed a pair of Ritchey Mount Cross 38mm tires on my bike, and for most trails that's plenty of suspension. Be content being fast up hill and a little slower down.
re: putting 29" suspension fork on a cross bike?Jan Gerrit Klok
Jan 13, 2004 10:55 AM
Fuzzy's right.
Perhaps dowhill speed is not JUST about front suspension, but also tire size. You may like to find a cheap custom builder and get a bike like you already have, but adjusted for suspension and phat tire clearance.
Or simply save up for a 29" bike, and halve the choice of running it like a cross bike, MTB, touring bike, whatever you want.
Thought about a short fork that allows for 29" meats yet? Try a Dimension MTB disc fork, just 10mm longer than the 400mm CX standard. Get a Cable disc brake + second hand 29" front wheel, and you're in business!