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    Rockshox reba v Tora 289

    Just been offerred a Reba race fork, I already have a Tora 289 and was wondering if it's worth the upgrade?

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    Oh hell yes. MUCH better fork. Plus over a pound lighter.
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    HUGE upgrade...the 289 is a Dart 2 with 32mm legs

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    Doh! Send that Reba my way if you don't want it--I've a Tora 289 I'm dying to replace, as well.

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    Cool, best thing is it's totally FREE. just gotta get hold of him before he gives it someone else now.... Hope I don't miss it.

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    it's a great fork, especially since it's free.

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    That's a steal, snatch it up!
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    Trying to, but I've just been told it's been sat outside for a year, out of the rain and dry but still open to the elements, cold etc so it may require a good service I guess. I think there are some other parts as well, in fact a whole bike maybe but I don't want a hardtail so might just upgrade mine with stuff off his, cause it's higher end than mine, if it's not all rust that is

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    Quote Originally Posted by xdeity
    Trying to, but I've just been told it's been sat outside for a year, out of the rain and dry but still open to the elements, cold etc so it may require a good service I guess. I think there are some other parts as well, in fact a whole bike maybe but I don't want a hardtail so might just upgrade mine with stuff off his, cause it's higher end than mine, if it's not all rust that is
    As long as it wasn't getting rained on or covered in frost then that sounds no different than what a fork goes through in a normal uninsulated garage, and I've never had problems because of that. Back in my apartment I had to keep my bike outside under a tarp, and 2.5 years later I'm still using the fork that was on that bike

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    Well just picked it up, other parts have already been taken, unfortunatevas it was avid brakes SRAM x9 and x0 shifters and gears and richly tyres post and other good bits.
    Looks in good nick, still got pressure in it after a year so the seals must still be ok. I think the handle is missing from the rebound damper but I can use an Allen key to turn that. Just hope I don't make a mess of installing it. Seen some videos on YouTube on how to do it so hopefully it will go ok.
    Not bad for free!!!

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    Hi, I've just installed the Reba race, firstly it makes a huge difference in the short time I've just ridden it, and the lockout is fantastic BUT I ve just noticed two small problems, the first one is minor it's just that the dampening key at the bottom is missing, it's ok cause I'm able to put an Allen wrench in it to change the damping, just bothered about water getting in the hole.
    The second one is a slightly bigger issue possibly. Having spent ages lining up everything, having a panic attack cause the brakes fit differently and then figuring out how to fix that I have now noticed that the stantions on the Reba when at full extent are 1.5 inch (3.75cm) shorter than the stations on the Tora 289 and this concerns me cause this surely means that the geometry of the bike is messed up as I think I understand it as the frame will be closer to the ground now? Or am I completely confused and wrong?

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    The Reba is possibly set to 80mm of travel and it looks like your bike is designed for 100mm. Luckily the Reba is convertible between 80mm and 100mm, but this requires partial disassembly of the fork and you will be best off bringing it to a shop for that.

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    Will it be a big difference to have 80mm instead of 100mm?

    Oh, and at it's top travel the Tora has 130mm of travel I think, which is what's set to now and can be dropped as low as 80mm. I wonder if thats the cause of the difference

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    Ah, well if your current fork is at 130mm and you're seeing about a 1.5" difference then the Reba is more likely set to 100mm. Just measure the actual length of exposed stanchion and it should be close to but a little longer than the set travel amount. My memory of the different Reba setups isn't that great, but I believe some models could be extended to 120mm.

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