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    New question here. Felt 9 Carbon

    I recently built up a Carbon 9 frame and I like it a lot. I spec'd it with a Reba at 100mm of travel. I am wondering if it's worth the effort to pull the fork apart and install the spacers to run it at 80mm of travel.

    Has anyone ridden this frame at 100mm and 80mm travel? Does the shorter fork and subsequent shorter wheelbase dramatically improve the steering and handling?

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    Keith
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    Keith,

    I am currently riding a carbon 9 with a fox 100mm fork on it and have no issues. My friend has one with a 80mm Reba. You can feel the difference in the steering between the two when you ride it on the pavement. Once you get it in the dirt I don't think the difference is really noticeable. I'll take the extra travel over the slightly quicker steering.

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    Thanks for the input, George. This is my 3rd 29er, and I find that slower steering is the only aspect where they don't out perform the 26" bikes. But like you, I dunno if I want to give up the 20mm of travel.

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    I dropped the fork travel to 80mm, and the steering is much improved, much quicker getting through the technical stuff. I don't even miss the extra 20mm of travel. Great trade off in my opinion.
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    why dont you just split the diff and run it at 90mm. RockShox is shipping most forks now with 2 of the 10mm spacers vs the single 20mm spacer.

    Running 90mm on my Nine team and that is how it should come specced IMO. Best of both worlds, extra cush and relatively quick handling

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    I might try a 1cm spacer on the next oil/seal change, but I am really happy with the quicker steering as is. I don't know that an extra cm of travel would do that much more for me.
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