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Thread: 100mm to 80mm

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    100mm to 80mm

    If my bike came with an 100mm shock can i put an 80mm shock on it? Or will it mess the handling up? Thanks

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    that should be fine to only prob is if you go to a 120mm. Now that will depend too on how hard u ride it but to ans quest. that will work
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    I assume you mean fork...

    I stuck an 80mm fork on my Hardrock, which shipped with a 100mm fork. It speeded up the handling a lot. I thought it was a bit truckish with the stock fork, now it's a bit twitchy. On balance, I'd say I like it better.

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    Ya, i mean for. I can adjust it to 120mm but i'm gonna go with 80mm. I dont do any jumps or ride hard, just the usual roots, rocks, curbs, and teeter-tooters

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    I mean fork

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    should be fine. handling will feel faster, maybe a little unsure going down hill.

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    NOOOO! You're gonna go over your handle bar all the time!

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    ^ Ignore that.

    I just reduced the travel on my 100m fork to 80mm, and it sharpened the handling quite a bit, back where I had it while running a rigid fork. If your bike came with a fork that can be adjusted to 120mm, then it was designed to take that, by the way. Still, your handling would slow down quite a bit like that.

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