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    24" rear wheel question

    i was wondering, i have a kona scrap and i'm thinking of putting a 24'' wheel at the back.
    in doing this, would i be able to put a longer travel fork or less travel?
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    It will slacken the headtube angle unless you throw a 24" wheel on the front as well.

    But probably not more than a degree...and I doubt even that much

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    haha, i worded that wrong

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    By putting a 24" rear wheel in the back you will slackin your headtube angle and you will have a lower bottom bracket hight (might be a good thing or a bad thing) and the bike will accelerate faster.

    Although with the 24" rear wheel it will be a bit harder to roll over larger objects like rocks and roots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by branden12369
    i was wondering, i have a kona scrap and i'm thinking of putting a 24'' wheel at the back.
    in doing this, would i be able to put a longer travel fork or less travel?
    You will slacken the head tube angle, which is the same effect putting a longer travel fork on it would have. You'll also lower bottom bracket heigh, which will make the bike more stable at speed, but less able to jump/hop well.

    Don't put a long travel fork on a scrap, it's pointless. The quality of the travel matters, not the quantity. Putting a longer travel fork on the bike voids it's warranty, puts stress risers on the headtube and it's welds and can cause premature breakage, ESPECIALLY on an aluminum frame. This could result in you ripping your head tube right off when you least expect it, with the injury(ies) that goes along with it.

    What fork do you have on there right now? You may want to look for a better one with the same amount of travel.

    Look at my profile, that fork has 75mm of travel, and I wouldn't want more because it's buttery smooth and ramps up quite nicely at the end of it's stroke.

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