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    12' Lefty XLR vs Pike re: stiffness

    I have a Lefty on the front of my 429 and it is a fine fork. However, I was impressed with the stiffness of a Fox 34 and it subjectively felt stiffer than my Lefty. I expect the Pike to be as stiff as the 34. Are there others with similar observations?

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    Unless you tried the forks with the same wheelset that could attribute to some of the perceived flex.

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    Good point. My front wheel has been retensioned since riding the Fox and the front does feel tighter.

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    Well, pike is a burlier fork and significantly heavier with longer travel, no?
    I'd say that better comparison would be Supermax.

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    I rode a Trigger with a Supermax in a parking lot and repeatly hit curb bumpers at slow speeds and struck them at an angle which would put on the ground with a lesser fork. The Supermax is amazingly stiff, but with an AC at about 536 I worry about slackening the bike too much and having too much of difference between travel front and rear.

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    But isn't the Pike like 140-150mm fork, even on 29er?
    That would put it's ATC higher than the Supermax.

    I'm not sure if supermax can be lowered, but I don't see a point in a big, burly fork of around 100mm travel, for a more XC oriented bike.
    Surely, the regular lefty is plenty strong and stiff, or any other regular 100mm fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellari View Post
    But isn't the Pike like 140-150mm fork, even on 29er?
    That would put it's ATC higher than the Supermax.
    Yes, 29" Pikes are 140 or 150mm. They're available with 46(?)mm and 51mm offsets.

    I have a pike and a xlr lefty, but I don't think they can be compared head to head without alot of personal opinion.

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    12' Lefty XLR vs Pike re: stiffness

    I'm chunky and I like to ride in the chunk. The 429 is a capable short travel trail bike. The Pike can be lowered to 120. One of the Spec Cambers comes with it. The Supermax can't be lowered without modding it.


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