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    130mm Recon on 26" inbred?

    I found a Inbred frame that I want to buy and have been looking for a fork to put on it if I do. I am on a tight budget so I am limited. I found a Rockshox Recon solo air that has 130mm travel and is in my budget. On-one says max travel is 120mm. However, I have heard that this due to a safety rating that is a bit overkill. Can I run the 130mm fork and be okay? I am not a hard rider and will be running SS. Link to the fork is as follows:

    Rock Shox Recon Solo Air 1 1 8" 130mm 26" Suspension Fork Bike 21 5cm New | eBay

    I posted this in the On-One forum as well but wanted to see what you guys here thought.

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    I think it would be fine. Sometimes using too long a fork voids a frame's warranty, but you're buying used. Using too long a fork can make a bike handle badly, but IME 10 mm isn't much. You can probably space the Recon to a shorter travel later on if you like.
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    Thank you Andrew.

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    Well, frame and fork are ordered. I can't wait to get them in so I can put this thing together and ride. It has been almost five months since I have rode and I am ready for some miles.

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    Post pics of the build when you start getting the pieces.
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    Will do. Most of the parts are donors from my last bike so it won't be anything special. It will, however, be my first build so hopefully it goes smoothly.

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