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    Swapping brakes and forks -- any reason not to?

    I just bought a new 29er (Giant Anthem X4). It came equipped with Avid Elixir 1 brakes and a RockShox Recon Silver TK single air fork.

    My old bike has a RockShox Reba SL dual air fork and Avid Juicy 7 brakes. If the steerer tubes are compatible, I was thinking I'd move the SL fork over because it rides nicer, has a remote lockout, and is lighter.

    As far as the brakes, I like the Juicy 7 levers better (they're metal and closer to the bar) and the pad adjust feature.

    Are there any reasons I should not swap these parts around? My old bike will be a spare to be ridden by guests/friends/family, so I don't really care that it doesn't have the greatest parts.

    Thanks,
    Bob

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    Only potential reason might be less travel on the older fork changing the geo slightly of your new bike, as in speed up front responsiveness. Say 80 vs 100mm. The Reba may be adjustable to overcome that. It is a better fork for tuning.
    Last edited by eb1888; 10-23-2012 at 04:39 PM.

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    The Recon is 100mm travel.

    The Reba is currently setup for 80mm travel, but can be setup for 100mm.

    So, that's not a problem, but what is a problem is that the Recon is a 1 1/2 -> 1 1/8 tapered steerer, but the Reba is straight 1 1/8". Not sure if I wanna mess with a reducer.

    Bob

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