Travel Adjust Fork on a 4.5" Rear Suspension 29er??
I was told today that it isn't important to have a travel adjustable fork like a Talas F29 isn't that important. I am looking at getting a Niner Rip 9, and was thinking of either getting the Talas 32 or 34. Any advice?
Correct. It is not important at all. I have a 140mm fork on mine and it climbs great. I really think that travel adjustable forks are better suited for bikes that are slack. The RIP9 is fairly steep depending upon the fork you use. I ride with the Marzocchi micro 44 Ti (the same one on chainlove for $350.00) and have nothing but praise about it.
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I think it matters a great deal depending on the bike's HA, the way you have the bike setup and whether or not you will be climbing steep sections of trail esp. with switchbacks.
Originally Posted by BullSCit
If you are going with the 120, I would say no. With the 140, if you are climbing stuff in which the front end wonders it could be a bear if you couldn't drop the front end a little.
My friend has a Tallboy and he uses his 120mm TALAS, but he and I are racer types and we climb very steep stuff. Also, the Tallboy has 100mm of travel. Mine with the 120mm without travel adjust is not doable on switchbacks he can make.
On bikes like the Tallboy the travel adjust is almost a must if you were wanting to run a 120mm fork, the bike is not great on step switch backs.
Were as the Rip9 with a 140mm or the Jet9 RDO with 120mm for me have no trouble on the switch backs that my Tallboy could not get around with the 120mm fork
You can get the Niners almost to the stall point on the climb & then put the power on & get to the switch back but on my Tallboy if you tried that it would unweight the front wheel sag on the rear suspension & stop you dead in your tracks.
Just my 2c
Here are detailed design analyses of the RDO, JET9, RIP9, and WFO.
Here is an analysis of the Tallboy done by the same designer using the same techniques.
It can be easily seen that there is nothing in these designs that supports the claims muzzanic likes to make regarding the inferiority of the Tallboy to his preferred brand. The Tallboy has consistently better anti-squat performance compared to Niner designs and shows nothing in either the leverage curve or force curve that suggests that it would wallow through its travel. Considering that no one else here makes these claims, much less makes them at every opportunity, it would be best to view muzzanic for the fanboy that he is. He has nothing objective to say.
Last edited by muzzanic; 09-17-2011 at 09:54 PM.
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