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    Fork Suspension - 120 vs 130 vs 140?

    Hey all,

    Not sure if this belongs here but figured I'd give it a shot. I am working on building up a Kona Honzo from the frame up. I ordered a 2012 Rockshox Revelation RCT3 Dual Air fork, that has suspension from 120-140mm. Just need to put in spacers to change it.

    I ride mostly singletrack out here in Colorado, but there are some lung-bursting climbs and some big downhill trails as well. I recently sold my Fuel EX8 that had 120mm suspension. I am having my LBS help me set up my new fork, and am wondering if I should go to 140mm, as most people with bike say, or 120mm?

    The age old argument of increased climbing prowess vs better downhill. I could probably split the difference and go with 130mm to play it safe. Wanted to get some opinions and thought this may help some beginners as well.

    Thanks!

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    My $.02: Try it both ways. If you don't want to pay your LBS to switch it up 2 or 3 times, watch how they do it the first time and do it yourself if desired.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Yah ill probably start at 140 and just kick it down if needed. Just wanted to hear others who have maybe had the same dilemma.

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