|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 it.||ki|
Jan 13, 2004 10:49 AM
|what about the RockShox Metro? ... though guessing the arguement is the same.|
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
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!