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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post


    Fit with some room to spare in both the WB Loop and the Manitou Tower.
    To follow up with Mike's post, I broke down and ordered a Tower Pro since Pricepoint has been practically giving the things away for the last few weeks. I installed it Tuesday night and finally got it out on the trail today. I'm running a 120tpi Knard on a P35 rim at about 12 psi, the fork is the 120mm model with the 9mm QR.

    You have to squeeze the tire through the pinch-point on the stanchions/arch but once you get it through I am very pleased to report that the tire clears the arch/stanchions easily. I was a little nervous about ordering the 9mm QR instead of a thru-axle, thinking I'd get a lot of tire rub on the stanbchions in hard cornering but if there was any rubbing on today's ride I certainly didn't hear or notice it it.

    The bike doesn't look as good with the squishy fork and I found it noticeably harder to manual/wheelie over obstacles. On the other hand, now that I've got the squishy fork on there I can just bowl right over most obstacles.

    I was surprised at how much faster the bike was with the squishy fork, I was easily 1/2 - 1 mph faster, even in a light drizzle that made riding over off-camber roots sketchy. And the bike is now much, much easier on the hands, wrist, elbows, and shoulders.

    I liked my Krampus before, now I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnroyal View Post
    with the squishy fork I found it noticeably harder to manual/wheelie over obstacles.
    Odd. Should be easier if anything.

    Check your rebound damping, and maybe speed it up a few clicks. Just until you can hear a very faint "braaaaaaaaaaaaaaap!" in the distance.

    That should do it.

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    Thanks for the tip, Mike, I'll give it a try. I'm fairly new to this whole suspension thing.

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    Can't wait for a legit fork to be released. I am trying to be patient but it's not working well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnroyal View Post
    To follow up with Mike's post, I broke down and ordered a Tower Pro since Pricepoint has been practically giving the things away for the last few weeks. I installed it Tuesday night and finally got it out on the trail today. I'm running a 120tpi Knard on a P35 rim at about 12 psi, the fork is the 120mm model with the 9mm QR.

    You have to squeeze the tire through the pinch-point on the stanchions/arch but once you get it through I am very pleased to report that the tire clears the arch/stanchions easily. I was a little nervous about ordering the 9mm QR instead of a thru-axle, thinking I'd get a lot of tire rub on the stanbchions in hard cornering but if there was any rubbing on today's ride I certainly didn't hear or notice it it.

    The bike doesn't look as good with the squishy fork and I found it noticeably harder to manual/wheelie over obstacles. On the other hand, now that I've got the squishy fork on there I can just bowl right over most obstacles.

    I was surprised at how much faster the bike was with the squishy fork, I was easily 1/2 - 1 mph faster, even in a light drizzle that made riding over off-camber roots sketchy. And the bike is now much, much easier on the hands, wrist, elbows, and shoulders.

    I liked my Krampus before, now I love it.
    Which one did you purchase? Saw there were several different options...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gouda Cheez View Post
    Can't wait for a legit fork to be released. I am trying to be patient but it's not working well...
    Life's pretty rough, eh?

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    Krampus with Front Suspension!

    You know it. Man it sucks riding this bike as is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gouda Cheez View Post
    Can't wait for a legit fork to be released. I am trying to be patient but it's not working well...
    keep with the patience as they will come. Sandman is testing their new fork so hang on.

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    Krampus with Front Suspension!

    I suppose if one were brave enough, one could commission their own rigid fork and have the fabricator incorporate a proshock. Apparently they've been around ya http://www.actiontec.us/proshock.htm


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    Krampus with Front Suspension!-surly-krampus.jpg

    I'll start by saying I didn't personally take the Dremel out, the shop I bought the bike from did that. But it doesn't look like they took a lot off the brace, and I've never had a rubbing issue.

    With that said, running the 2014 Fox 32 Float 120mm makes this bike an all-mountain machine. It feels like the same amount of travel as my old 26" FS with a 150 Revelation, except the angle of attack with the 29+ wheel makes getting up and over objects WAY easier. I'm much more confident on this bike than I was on the 26" FS, and I just sold a Scott Spark 29er (100mm front and rear) with no intentions of replacing it. The Krampus just destroys the Spark in all categories, except for weight.

    I'm not racing, so I don't care, I measure my rides with SPH (smiles per hour) instead of MPH.

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    I am surprised they dremeled it for you. We live in a very litigious society. But, i have to say. I love the green gold combination

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    Nice bike RickyB! Looks Siccccckkkkk.
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    Any updates on a design specific shock from RS or Fox?

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    None that I know of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    the pike is a bit snug for my taste, however its in there. I sent Fox an email with regard to 3.0 tire fitment on 35 or 50mm rims using their forks and received a reply stating none of them would fit, not even the 40.
    They used to say the same thing about running 650B in their 26er forks. Lotsa people were doing it, but they wouldnt go on record as saying it was OK.
    No moss...

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    RSD bikes is claiming to have a 100mm air fork that's 50mm rim, Knard specific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    RSD bikes is claiming to have a 100mm air fork that's 50mm rim, Knard specific.
    I sent RSD an email as well as a note to the sales rep who posted in the 29er category with nothing back on either front.

    For a new company RSD is difficult to communicate with..

    However the Mutant is one sweet looking ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adubb View Post
    I sent RSD an email as well as a note to the sales rep who posted in the 29er category with nothing back on either front.

    For a new company RSD is difficult to communicate with..

    However the Mutant is one sweet looking ride!
    Agree. They have been 100% mute on any questions related to the forks on their bikes.

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    Hey Guys,
    just as an FYI - We have answered every single question and inquiries received in this regards. We are not ignoring anyone. All of the fork information you requested by emails has been provided in less then 12 hours.
    If for some odd reasons your question/inquiry was never responded to, then please resend it. It simply means we never received it and we will be happy to get back to you in a timely manner.
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    Krampus with Front Suspension!

    Can you give us information via this forum on the fork? I know there are many folks that are interested in purchasing a fork that works for the 29+

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    Yes absolutely.
    100 mm travel air fork. 15mm QR. 490mm A to C. Post Mount. It has Compression, Rebound and Lock-out. 45mm Offset, 32mm stanchions. It will come with both straight 1 1/8 steer tube or tapered 1 1/8-1 1/2
    AL6066 crown and drop-out, and AL6061 lowers.
    It fits perfectly with a 50mm rim and 3in tire.
    just recently someone ask us if the fork damping could be more comparable to a Fox or a RS - our answer was this: both Fox and RS continually push the limit of our sports by making better forks year after year, which is why they are on top. This fork isn't quite there yet, but from experience, it does compare to older model Fox forks (2008-2009). I hope that helps.
    Cheers

    ps: for those interested in purchasing one: All you have to do is contact your LBS and order it through them. they will get in touch with us. Price is $499 MSRP
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    Thanks!

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    Good job! Forks with 29+

    I did some testing with all the 29er suspension forks that I could find.

    Same wheel for every test...

    - Nextie 35mm Carbon rim
    - Surly Knard 29x3" 120tpi
    - Tubeless setup

    Summary:
    - Rockshox forks do not have enough space...
    - Manitou Tower works but very close...
    - Fox 34 has less space than Fox 32 but both work...
    - White Brothers Loop works...


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    Rockshox Reba XX 100mm with QR:


    Rockshox Pike 15mm:


    Rockshox Revelation RL 15mm:


    Fox 32 Float 15mm:


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    Manitou Tower Pro 15mm:

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    Quote Originally Posted by maettu View Post
    I did some testing with all the 29er suspension forks that I could find.

    Same wheel for every test...

    - Nextie 35mm Carbon rim
    - Surly Knard 29x3" 120tpi
    - Tubeless setup

    Summary:
    - Rockshox forks do not have enough space...
    - Manitou Tower works but very close...
    - Fox 34 has less space than Fox 32 but both work...
    - White Brothers Loop works...
    What about crown clearance at full compression?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    What about crown clearance at full compression?
    I have not checked, but my understanding is that the crown should never come closer to the tire than the lower side of the bridge even at full compression.
    Correct me if I'm wrong...

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    Quote Originally Posted by maettu View Post
    I have not checked, but my understanding is that the crown should never come closer to the tire than the lower side of the bridge even at full compression.
    Correct me if I'm wrong...
    You are wrong. I have buzzed many big tires on the crown of various forks.
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    Thank you so much Maettu! Very comprehensive and useful. If only you also had a Trace :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    What about crown clearance at full compression?
    Since the crown moves with the axle, if it's clear as pictured, you're clear under full compression. I'd be more curious about air pressure, and how the tire deforms across its width. It can get pretty close to the fork legs if you run the pressure down around 10psi, which is where I ride them in the snow. On my Float 32, riding low pressure, I'll get the little hairs buzzing the side bulge on my fork legs, but no worries on the crown (which has been shaved down about an .125").

    maettu - do you have access to calipers to measure the width of the Knard on the 35mm rims? Curious how different that is to a 50mm Rabbit Hole since most Krampus owners will be running those wheels. Great pictures, and thanks for taking the time to post that info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyB View Post
    Since the crown moves with the axle,
    There are two possible issues for clearance of the tire the crown of the fork [up near the bottom of the headtube] and the brace that connects each side of the lowers.

    The crown of the fork does not move with the axle of the wheel the brace does. So you might have clearance at the brace [which will stay constant], but under full compression the crown of the fork could hit your tire.

    When you take all the air out of the fork to check clearance between the tire and the crown remember to push down hard once your at the bottom to see if there is some additional bottom out resistance/travel that needs to be considered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyB View Post
    maettu - do you have access to calipers to measure the width of the Knard on the 35mm rims? Curious how different that is to a 50mm Rabbit Hole since most Krampus owners will be running those wheels. Great pictures, and thanks for taking the time to post that info.
    here's a surly blog link that may be of some help.
    Your Rabbit Hole Looks Knardy | Blog | Surly Bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    The crown of the fork does not move with the axle of the wheel the brace does. So you might have clearance at the brace [which will stay constant], but under full compression the crown of the fork could hit your tire.
    Vikb is absolutely correct, I typed before thinking...

    I'll need to double check that clearance on my '14 Float 32, but I've come home with the o-ring pinned to the top of the stanchion, and never felt it rub up top, so I'm guessing I've got clearance. As he said, that's a good one to check before riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    here's a surly blog link that may be of some help.
    Your Rabbit Hole Looks Knardy | Blog | Surly Bikes
    That's the info I was looking for, thanks. Only 1mm narrower on a 35mm rim, compared to the 50mm RH. Oddly, Surly says the tire is taller on the wider rim. You'd think with the RH being wider, the tire would be less round, and shorter than the 35mm rim, or am I missing something in basic physics?

    Either way, the 35mm carbon rims are a nice way to shave a pound and not really affect the shape of the tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyB View Post
    That's the info I was looking for, thanks.
    i help when possible and truth be told it's not often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyB View Post
    maettu - do you have access to calipers to measure the width of the Knard on the 35mm rims? Curious how different that is to a 50mm Rabbit Hole since most Krampus owners will be running those wheels. Great pictures, and thanks for taking the time to post that info.
    Knard 120tpi on Nextie 35mm Carbon rim:
    Exactly 71mm/75mm (casing/tread)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gouda Cheez View Post
    Which one did you purchase? Saw there were several different options...
    Sorry for the belated reply, I bought the 120mm, 1.125" steerer, 9mm QR.

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    Krampus with Front Suspension!

    The Fox 32 and White Brothers forks look to fit just fine and dandy.

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    When we were trial fitting the Knard on Rabbit Holes we found that the Fox 34 had more clearance than the 32. Maybe since the tire widens out a little when on a 50?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lancelot View Post
    When we were trial fitting the Knard on Rabbit Holes we found that the Fox 34 had more clearance than the 32. Maybe since the tire widens out a little when on a 50?
    How was it at full compression?

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    It clears no problem. I think there is a pic a few pages back.
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    Sure is. Was with a 3D frame.

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    Krampus with Front Suspension!

    It's a shame the 34 is expensive as fawk.

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    Yes it is but worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddiecycle View Post
    ...If only you also had a Trace :-(
    Needs a little work with the die grinder, plenty of material:
    Krampus with Front Suspension!-trace-pre-clear.jpg

    Here's the bike with a Trace at 120mm:
    Krampus with Front Suspension!-kramp-w-trace-1.jpg

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    Sweet, thatnks for the pics! Is the back of the fork bridge hollowed out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddiecycle View Post
    Sweet, thatnks for the pics! Is the back of the fork bridge hollowed out?
    Yes, it's hollowed out with the diagonal bracing similar to my Rockshox Reba, here's my best attempt at a photo:

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    maybe we could start a Krampus fork database listing

    lets measure forks and post here
    - Fork Name Model
    - Axle type , qr15, 9mm, 10mm, 20mm
    - Axle to Crown (pugs ~450, Salsa 468mm)
    - Axle to Crown with Sag
    - Axle to Arch
    - Crown Pitch (from leg to leg)
    - between lower leg clearance
    - weight
    - price

    ----
    stock forks that work
    carver inverted fork for $895 at ~4.5lbs
    Risse trixxy dual crown $895 ~6.5lbs for heavy riders
    RSTbikes not enough info ~$500

    have not seen info on RST , suntour forks

    maybe next time we hang out at a bike shop, bring a tape, and measure,
    be cool have some options.

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    Krampus with Front Suspension!-image.jpg[ATTACH=CONFIG]867384 I am currently running a lefty max dlr with my 29+. Here are pics. This is my second tire on this setup.

    It is not on a krampus but still attainable.
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    thanks for the lefty post.
    my buddy wants to use his 26" lefty for his pugs.
    he said it's like a 6" travel, so he has to reduce the travel and get the lefty adapter.
    the lefty is not really an option for the Krampus , since it's $1400 new, plus you need a lefty hub.

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    I picked up mine used for $200 for a 110 travel unit and the hub for $20

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    Don't forget eBay for second hand Fox 34s. A decent pair of the 2013 model I was watching yesterday went for £278! Much cheapness!

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    Bumping this back up just for fun. What exact Float would I need to run on the Krampus? All of the different options have me confused - still a noobert regarding forks and measurements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimjam View Post
    Don't forget eBay for second hand Fox 34s. A decent pair of the 2013 model I was watching yesterday went for £278! Much cheapness!
    Yes. I saw many many Fox's on EBay for cheap(er) than regular price. Tempting. Just want to make sure I am hunting and purchasing the correct one.

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    Manitou tower pro is on my list.
    only seen one picture, if need be filing it 1-3mm should remedy most.
    currently on a dually 45mm rim, and it's not beefy enough for the tire ~74mm
    the rabbit hole be 50mm , 5mm not worth it. so on the hunt for single wall rim, to hack in half, and extend.
    back to fork, anybody else have a Manitou ? with the 29+

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    Difference between Fox 34 and 32 seems to be rather significant on eBay right now. Both clear, if I remember correctly... Right?

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    From what I can gather from this thread and others and from what I've seen Surly employees using on their krampi, both 32s and 34s work but the 34s offer a bit more clearance.
    I've started saving my pennies for some 34s....

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    Desert Itinerants | Blog | Surly Bikes

    Here's the surly staffers on their front suspended krampi/krampuses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimjam View Post
    both 32s and 34s work but the 34s offer a bit more clearance.
    I've started saving my pennies for some 34s....
    I'm running a '14 Float 32 and the brace needed a little dremel action, only a few mm's. The width is ok, the only thing touching are the furry nubs from the tire being new. Even then, it's only occasionally, not touching all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyB View Post
    I'm running a '14 Float 32 and the brace needed a little dremel action, only a few mm's. The width is ok, the only thing touching are the furry nubs from the tire being new. Even then, it's only occasionally, not touching all the time.
    Furry nubs need to go away anyway.

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    Krampus with Front Suspension!

    For whatever reason, the Dremel thing scares me. But the more I think about it, the less scary it is. I should view this as 'sanding' off a few MM vs. cutting pieces off, right?

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    I'd still like to see some pics of a Knard on the Manitou Tower fork that Pricepoint sells. Does it fit without mods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    I'd still like to see some pics of a Knard on the Manitou Tower fork that Pricepoint sells. Does it fit without mods?
    I think there may be some pics a few pages back... but not sure.

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    It is not on a krampus but still attainable.
    intriguing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    I'd still like to see some pics of a Knard on the Manitou Tower fork
    Page 5 of this thread, post #123

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    Thanks, I missed it there--it was in the pictures, but not in the summary. Now off to check Pricepoint...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyB View Post
    I'm running a '14 Float 32 and the brace needed a little dremel action, only a few mm's. The width is ok, the only thing touching are the furry nubs from the tire being new. Even then, it's only occasionally, not touching all the time.
    Can you post some pics of the clearance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    Can you post some pics of the clearance?
    Would also love to see pictures.

    Can someone educate me on the Fox 34's - all of the ones I saw on Ebay have the tapered steerer. Would this work on the Krampus? Based off what I've read, again... I'm a noob, our steerer is 1 1/8 straight through with no taper. Also not sure what axle I need - 9mm or 15mm.

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    yep would be fine, you just need a 44 external lower headset cup and a 1.5" crown race. clearance over the tyre is a different issue....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn View Post
    yep would be fine, you just need a 44 external lower headset cup and a 1.5" crown race. clearance over the tyre is a different issue....
    The 34 should clear the Knards based off what I've read. Plan to go DW 29+ one day which should most definitely clear.

    I am running the stock build headset on my Krampus - believe that one in the EC44. Sorry for the noob inquiries - attempting to learn.

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    Pics of '14 Fox Float 32

    I apologize in advance for the iPhone rotation issue, you'll get the idea.

    If you look at the backside of the fork, you'll see the milled bracing on the brace. Compare the top of the brace to the bottom of the brace and you'll get an idea of how little material was removed with the Dremel.
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    Krampus with Front Suspension!

    That most definitely helps us, I think. Thanks for sharing. What spec fork are you running again? Fox 32?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gouda Cheez View Post
    ...Can someone educate me on the Fox 34's - all of the ones I saw on Ebay have the tapered steerer. Would this work on the Krampus? Based off what I've read, again... I'm a noob, our steerer is 1 1/8 straight through with no taper. Also not sure what axle I need - 9mm or 15mm.
    I'm riding on the front range and weigh about 240lbs all geared up. I wanted a stiff front end. A 120mm 29'er fork needs all the help it can get, I went with 15mm thru axle and tapered steerer.

    For tapered steer I needed a new crown race, the rest of the headset will work just fine. I went with steel 'cause I like cheap and strong over light and expensive:
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    110 & 40 Series Alloy 1.5" Crown Race (52/40)
    110 & 40 Series Steel 1.5" Crown Race (52/40)

    For the 15mm axle, I needed a new front hub. I bought a 15mm generator hub and it came with an adapter for 9mm so it'll work with the stock Krampus fork and the 15mm suspension fork.

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    Once I bought the crown race and upgraded the hub to 15mm I was able to have both forks work with a 5min changeover (I bought a BB7 caliper off the 'bay so both forks have a dedicated caliper).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gouda Cheez View Post
    That most definitely helps us, I think. Thanks for sharing. What spec fork are you running again? Fox 32?
    It's a 2014 Float 32, 120mm travel. Really nice fork, makes the Krampus feel like my 26" bike felt with a 150mm Revelation. You don't have brake dive issues like you might with a 150mm fork running at 25% sag. I run the Float at about 20%, since I can tune out some small bump absorption with air pressure in the tires. I run the air pressure down in the low teens. My rule of thumb, if I get a rim strike, add a little more air. I prefer traction over rolling resistance, and the Knards roll pretty well regardless.

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    Let us know how the front hub works. I have been looking at doing the schmidt 15 front hub if I break the axle on my shimano dynamo.

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    So is the tire hitting the crown at full compression a non-issue? Has anyone let the air out to check?

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    When I ran a fox float 32 I just ran it alittle stiffer. I did get down tube and crown rub a few times. Mostly on stuff I should not have been riding the krampus on anyways. O

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    FYI
    i tried to fit my knard dually combo into a 2013 fox float 32 100mm tapered with 15mm thru and it was a no go. there was no clearance. the arch compressed the tire at 15psi and i had to force the axle through the hub. it did fit into a 2011 float 32 100mm with straight steerer and 9mm axle with about 2mm clearance between the arch and tire. my wheel is a stans 330 front hub with velocity dually rim and knard 29x3. we also tried with a rabbit and same results. the dually has better side clearance do to the narrower rim.

    i too would like to see better clearance pics of the tower arch.

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    I was running blunt 35 on x9 hub. Knard at 11-12psi. The fork was 32 straight steer with 9mm axle at 100mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSOXBHK View Post
    Let us know how the front hub works. I have been looking at doing the schmidt 15 front hub if I break the axle on my shimano dynamo.
    At 1/2 the price and no clear performance advantage between the SP and the Schmidt (most articles claim the new SP is better), I took the chance on the SP. I replaced an Alfine front because I want to night ride and can't imagine doing it with a rigid fork around here.

    Quote Originally Posted by SyT View Post
    So is the tire hitting the crown at full compression a non-issue? Has anyone let the air out to check?
    Redstone set up my Trace and they checked, it was hitting. They set the fork up so it won't compress all the way.

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    Krampus with Front Suspension!

    Seems like the easiest solution is to just wait for Dirt Wizards so a fork will clear nicely...

    Or get a new bike.

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    Krampus with Front Suspension!

    The more I think of the DW the more I wonder if we will run into the same problem as the Knard since they are similar overall in diameter...

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    2011 tower pro 20x120, pro2 evo & dually with 15 psi is def not good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gouda Cheez View Post
    Seems like the easiest solution is to just wait for Dirt Wizards so a fork will clear nicely...

    Or get a new bike.
    Surly confirmed to me that the Dirt Wizard 700c sized tires will actually be coming out as a 3" wide tire, just like the 700cX3 Knard. So, same size for both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted View Post
    Surly confirmed to me that the Dirt Wizard 700c sized tires will actually be coming out as a 3" wide tire, just like the 700cX3 Knard. So, same size for both.
    When was that? When I called two weeks ago it was that they were absolutely smaller than the Knard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted View Post
    Surly confirmed to me that the Dirt Wizard 700c sized tires will actually be coming out as a 3" wide tire, just like the 700cX3 Knard. So, same size for both.
    That ain't good.

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    Well the Rock Shox Recon definitely won't fit, mucking around with some spare 29er parts and thought I'd fit the normal 29er wheelset to the Krampus. Thought I'd squeeze the Krampus wheelset on the 29er fork for a laugh.


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    so is it safe to say that the widest rim for a suss fork and knard would be 35mm, if you don't use a 29+ fork from lets say RSD?

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    I'm in the process of having Rabbit Hole/Knard wheels built for my Salsa Mukluk as a summer wheelset. In this context, front suspension would also be interesting. The Manitou Tower Pro 29 2013 has been mentioned earlier in this thread as a possible fork, so I ordered one when ChainReactionCycles sold them out with a good rebate.

    The package came, I took the fork to my LBS and we tried the Rabbit Hole/Knard combination on it. The sidewalls of the tires stuck hard against the inner of the arch. There might have been enough space at the top of the bridge. I have no pictures of this, but trust me, it wasn't even close to clearing the fork.

    At home I mounted the Knard on a Bontrager Rhythm Comp front wheel, which should be 28 mm wide. I tried it again, but with no success this time either. The tire was now taller and narrower. The tire sidewalls cleared the inner of the arch with enough margin to be usable with a stiff wheelset, but this time the knobs on the top of the tire didn't clear the arch. In practice, the wheel wouldn't turn at all.





    The exact fork was the Manitou Tower Pro 2013 100 mm QR.
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    outsider, thanks for posting !
    should be getting my fork soon.
    plan-B, to use the little stubbies, and a hand file, to add little clearance , 3-5mm should work. afterwards clip those stubbies / fuzz of the tires, and switch x-firm spring.
    then go ride, as soon as the ice is gone. right now, we have another blizzard.
    can you measure the tire width ? my knard 27tpi on a dually 45mm rim, measured 74mm at 15psi with a tube. guessing I'll only need to clear the top arch.

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    Outsider - what tire pressure were you using? My experience is that the volume of a Knard grows significantly above ~12 psi. I've got a Knard on a Velocity P35 that clears the arch of my Tower Pro (120mm, 9mm QR) at 11-12 psi just fine.

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    The pressure was too high, almost 3 bar, since the Bontrager rim needs a lot of pressure for the tire the get seated correctly. On the other hand, the Knard was totally fresh and I thought this would simulate the tire stretching a little. The Knard is the 120tpi version, which might or might not be of significance.

    The width on the Bontrager rim with 2.7 bar is as follows:
    Casing width 69,9 mm
    Knob-to-knob width 74,7 mm

    The Velocity P35 could be the best rim width for this fork, since it should clear the arch on the top, but what about the sidewalls?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outsider View Post
    The Velocity P35 could be the best rim width for this fork, since it should clear the arch on the top, but what about the sidewalls?
    Strictly from a performance standpoint, I think you shooting yourself in the foot running the Knard on a 35mm rim just to make it fit in that particular fork. The shape of the tire needs the wide 50mm rim, and I'm guessing all the new tires coming out this year will also benefit from a 50mm rim.

    My advice would be to send the fork back and look for a deal on a Fox 32 or 34. Both of those will work, plenty of pics around showing that. You might need to file down the crown, but the stanchions aren't going to be an issue.

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    Guys, you are right about the pressure. I made a new try, with lower pressure. With a pressure of 1 bar, about 15 psi, it actually fits the fork. The top of the tire is a little close, less than 2 mm, but this could actually be possible after all, since 15 psi is a higher pressure than I would actually use.

    The measurents this time were:
    Casing 66,2 mm
    Knobs 71,4 mm

    I'll have to see if I can borrow a 35 mm rim wheelset to see if that one fits.

    Maybe this is a good enough solution until the Rockshox fatbike fork arrives sometimes at the end of the year. (The upside-down fork of many names left my LBS rather unimpressed when he got one).
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyB View Post
    Strictly from a performance standpoint, I think you shooting yourself in the foot running the Knard on a 35mm rim just to make it fit in that particular fork. The shape of the tire needs the wide 50mm rim, and I'm guessing all the new tires coming out this year will also benefit from a 50mm rim.
    ...
    Yes, but plenty of guys have run the Knards with Stans Flow rims, which are about the same size, so I think it is quite doable. And on the fatbike side, I've been very satisfied with running 4" tires on 47 mm trials rims during the summer. In fact, it has been a better option than the normal 80 mm rims in my opinion.
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    What about using a Purgatory 2.4 or a minion 2.5 on a 35 or 50 mm rim. Would seem a good way to go to fit the forks.

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    update on the manitou tower fork. put in the wheel, but had to get the wheel trued first.
    started with a hand file, but used a dremel, to grind it down. on the sides, and top arch.
    not finished yet. still have snow on the ground. this is a 80mm fork, so the stack height should be usable, not to tall, so handling should not change much. this be on a pug ops, aka krampug. the krampus frame, you'd pick a 100-120mm fork.

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    So whats the word on that new RS1 fork and fitting 29+? That all black for on a new krampus ops would be dialed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outsider View Post
    Yes, but plenty of guys have run the Knards with Stans Flow rims, which are about the same size, so I think it is quite doable. And on the fatbike side, I've been very satisfied with running 4" tires on 47 mm trials rims during the summer. In fact, it has been a better option than the normal 80 mm rims in my opinion.
    The P35 are fine for the knards from a performance standpoint as numerous folks use them with good results.

    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    What about using a Purgatory 2.4 or a minion 2.5 on a 35 or 50 mm rim. Would seem a good way to go to fit the forks.
    yup this combo or better yet the new dirt wizard 2.75 (when released) on P35 or the 45mm dually.

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    I know no one asked, but I called Rockshox the other day and asked if they had any plans to make a 29+ fork, especially a Pike. The guy I spoke to said nothing was even in the works.
    Kinda crushed my dream for the 29+ fully superbike I wanted to build.
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    Yeah I am pretty sure I give up. I'm building a hardtail now and plan to convert my Krampus to be a ripping singlespeed.

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    Well this may be useless for you fancy pants riders but I have a karate monkey that I put a knard/RH front on and eventually found a very cheap suntour XCM 100mm fork at an REI garage sale and the knard fits fine, I have ridden it a lot. The fork almost completely sucks on it's own but barreling down things I used to have to pick my way around makes up for the weight and sub par performance. Huge grins always while getting knardy.

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