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    Fork Steer Tube Question

    So, I bought a Marzocchi 700 XC 100mm fork for my hardtail. It's great. Now I've decided to buy a full suspension frame and build it up. Based on what is coming off of the FS frame, my steer tube is going to be to short. Can a steer tube be removed and replaced, or would I be better off cutting my losses and trying to get what I can out of this fork and buying one that would fit? What sucks is that its(my Marz) brand new- only ridden a handful of times.

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    If you're lucky (and the frames you like suit) then you might be able to use the fork on it with the steerer cut as it is.

    However, I wouldnt choose a frame JUST because the fork would fit it... That wouldnt be the right reason to choose a certain frame.


    Personally speaking - I would keep it on your hardtail and start from scratch on the fullsus build - everyone needs a good hardtail to build skills on.

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    It would be going on an 05 Gary Fisher Cake 3 Deluxe. The Cake originally came with a 120mm travel fork as well. I've looked at the tube and it is definately shorter than that of the original.

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    Marzocchi last I heard was offering steerer tube replacements for forks; it's been a few years since I had them do one, though. Next time you have a fork it's something to think about keeping a little extra length on your steerer and using spacers rather than worry about aesthetics of the shortest possible steerer...
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    If it is the same xc 700 tst2 I just bought, then I believe it is adjustable between 100mm-130mm.
    I know it definitely has 2 ride heights that you can switch between and I believe they may be 100-130.
    So you could run it at 130 most of the time and then switch it to 100 for steep climbs.

    I am going the opposite way. My Trek 6500 came with a 100mm fork and so I will run it as 100 except on really gnarly downhill sections then I will see how it runs at 130

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith_mahoney
    If it is the same xc 700 tst2 I just bought, then I believe it is adjustable between 100mm-130mm.
    I know it definitely has 2 ride heights that you can switch between and I believe they may be 100-130.
    So you could run it at 130 most of the time and then switch it to 100 for steep climbs.

    I am going the opposite way. My Trek 6500 came with a 100mm fork and so I will run it as 100 except on really gnarly downhill sections then I will see how it runs at 130

    Mine is the Retro, and I believe your is the SL Model. I'll probably get in touch with the LBS today and see what they tell me.

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