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  1. #1
    Mi nombre es Austin
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    New question here. Fox 32 float 150mm with 650b Vs. Fox 36 float 160mm with 26er

    Fox 32 float 150mm with 650b
    Fox 32mm stanchions, 150mm of non-adjustable travel,
    with Pacenti 650b rim (27.5in) 35mm rim width
    Fox 36 float 160mm with 26er
    Fox 36mm stanchions, 160mm of non adjustable travel,
    with easton AM havoc rim (26in) 28mm wide rim

    Which one is better for climbing?
    Which one is better for descending?

    If one is better for descending how is the climbing affected


    All recommendations based on the occurrences of tight technical terrain with medium
    sized babyheads,


    at most 5ft drops,
    atleast 1ft drops,
    average drop height of about 3ft,

    All drops with descent landing with exception to some drops below 3ft that are to flat,


    High speed technical descents with tons of square edged hits
    loose over hard packed surfaces
    minimal berms
    Ultra steep sections with grades well steeper than 45deg in most occasions


    Climbs are short bursts with stepped grade (small ledges that must be bunny hopped over) Loose chunk with
    Loose over hard packed surfaces,
    Climbs are sustained while spinning in 22t front gear and a 34t rear gear, as well as relatively wide bars between 28.5-27 inches


    Free Ride elements consist of long 4 inch wide skinnys, (narrow planks of wood designed to test riders balance) Trials like maneuvers of side hops, endo turns (donkey twist) and of course the bunny hop, small to medium sized kickers (relatively small jumps that abruptly jettison riders into the air) with landing in most cases.


    Rear suspension is constant at 150mm of travel, with 26in rim at 28mm rim width
    Tires are constant being Kenda Nevegals 2.35in relative width

    Rider weight with gear being 150 pounds or 67.5 kg

    I know the following information is a little much but I feel it necessary to allow the people of the forum to make a more clear and concise decision
    If a XC bike with 4 in. of travel goes down the RedBull Rampage course and nobody is there to see it, is it considered DH

  2. #2
    meow meow
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    Sep 2009
    depends alot on what bike you have too.

  3. #3
    meow meow
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    oh and a 36 would be my pick, 32 would be better at climbing but it sounds like you are going down more than you are going up.

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    The 36 has 35mm more on your axle-to-crown. It will put you in the back seat more making the DH more suitable. I called Fox for the same info (but Talas instead) and they told me that either fork will handle me at 260lbs. My Remedy had a 32 but I wanted the 36. Ttyl, Fahn
    Hubbard Bike Club

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    After making changes to your rides Larry Fahn and nitropiro, was the switch to 36 worth it?

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    the advantages of the wheel outweigh the difference in the fork...imho.

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