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    sabre fork upgrade?

    I got a 29er rockshox recon 100mm from a friend and i was wondering if i installed this on the sabre, will it mess up the bike geometry? Also i will still be using the 26" wheel.

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    you cant use a 29er fork for a 26er bike. it's not reccommend but if your friend doesnt mind you could sell it and get some cash to buy a right fitting fork.

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    Sell the Recon on eBay or here on mtbr.com in the classifieds section. Then buy a 26er fork for your Sabre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizwikedcbr View Post
    I got a 29er rockshox recon 100mm from a friend and i was wondering if i installed this on the sabre, will it mess up the bike geometry? Also i will still be using the 26" wheel.
    Yeah that's really going to muck up the geometry on the Sabre and put a lot of extra stress on the head-tube area. The frame wasn't tested to withstand the stresses of such a long ATC.

    To echo what others have said, I'd recommend selling or swapping it for a decent 26er fork. Since 29ers have exploded in popularity in recent years the chances are there is someone looking to upgrade their 29er.

    There may be a Guardian owner here on the forum that would be interested in taking that off your hands.

    Good luck!

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    thanks, i figure it would mess up the geometry. I end up selling the fork on craigslist

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    would the sabre be ok with a 100mm travel fork? the guy at my LBS, said i should get the same travel as the factory fork

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    Ideally you would replace the fork with the same travel as what was specified and supplied with the bike. This is because the frame was tested with specific-length ATC (axle to crown) on the frame test machine and passed with that length. If you put a longer fork on there, you are putting a longer lever arm on the front of the bike which will in turn put more stress (than tested for) on the HT/TT/DT junction area.

    Will it be OK? With a change of only 20mm-------probably. The ST and HT angles will slacken a bit and the BB height will increase slightly.

    Will it void the warranty? Technically yes it will. We didn't test that frame with the ATC of a longer fork so we can't give it a lifetime guarantee as we don't know how the lifespan will be shortened by the extra leverage.

    Hope that makes sense!

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    For the record, Pricepoint has Rockshox XC28 forks with 80mm of travel on sale for $85. While I don't think these are spectacular, they should be an upgrade compared to what you are currently using.

    RockShox XC28 80mm Coil Fork 2012 | RockShox | Brand | www.PricePoint.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    For the record, Pricepoint has Rockshox XC28 forks with 80mm of travel on sale for $85. While I don't think these are spectacular, they should be an upgrade compared to what you are currently using.

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    You are correct they arent spectacular. I think the OP should save some money up and buy a decent fork while sticking to 80mm of travel , such as maybe a rockshox recon gold. It is a good suggestion while on a budget and is an upgrade to these awful suntour XCT forks just stick to saving up and getting something better.
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    i was thinking of getting the suntour raidon fork from their loyal program for $150

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizwikedcbr View Post
    i was thinking of getting the suntour raidon fork from their loyal program for $150
    If i'm correct you can adjust the travel on the raidon between 80mm and 120mm, but im not sure as I have to order mine later in the week. Email or PM nick from suntour he'll tell you if it will work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfb12 View Post
    If i'm correct you can adjust the travel on the raidon between 80mm and 120mm, but im not sure as I have to order mine later in the week. Email or PM nick from suntour he'll tell you if it will work.
    im getting a 100mm recon silver fork from a buddy and he said that i can add spacer to adjust it to 80mm. does anyone know what the average price a LBS would charged to add travel spacers on a fork?

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    sabre fork upgrade?

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    Spacers are indeed how travel is adjusted inside of forks; the Domain and Reba are both examples. I don't know much about the Recon, but suspect it would be similar.

    Did you mean spacers under the bearing race maybe?
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    sabre fork upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Spacers are indeed how travel is adjusted inside of forks; the Domain and Reba are both examples. I don't know much about the Recon, but suspect it would be similar.

    Did you mean spacers under the bearing race maybe?
    I didn't think it needed parts I thought it was something you could just change. Boy was I wrong
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    No worries, sometimes the fork will come with the spacers when you buy them, sometimes not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Spacers are indeed how travel is adjusted inside of forks; the Domain and Reba are both examples. I don't know much about the Recon, but suspect it would be similar.

    Did you mean spacers under the bearing race maybe?
    something like this

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    Yep, that's what I getting at
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Yep, that's what I getting at
    how much would a LBS charged to add the spacers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizwikedcbr View Post
    how much would a LBS charged to add the spacers?

    You'd have to call 'em. Shouldn't be too much, even though they're opening up the fork, its not like it's a "rebuild" so it shouldn't take too long.
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    my LBS charged me 20 bux for the travel spacers
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    Quote Originally Posted by dizwikedcbr View Post
    my LBS charged me 20 bux for the travel spacers
    Looks good! How's the ride?

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    feel a lot better than the suntour, the suntour fork was like a pogo stick, i just took it out around the neighborhood and it absorb bumps pretty good, handling and corning feel a lot better, hopefully it i can take it out to the trail this weekend if it doesnt rain. I got the fork for 100bux and i was able to flip the suntour fork for 40, so for 60 bux it was good upgrade overall

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    Hey dizwikedcbr, are your forks set at 80 or 100? And what size frame is your sabre?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jor757 View Post
    Hey dizwikedcbr, are your forks set at 80 or 100? And what size frame is your sabre?
    the frame is a 15" and i set the fork to 80mm
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