I'm considering building a new bike, and I really like the Trance X 29er frame. Now the problem is that I currently own a 4" fork, and the Trance is designed around a 5" fork. I canít afford to buy a new fork too, so I was wondering: the Trance has a slacker headtube and seatpost angle so basically adding the shorter travel fork, will steep these angles to values closer to the ones of a more XC bike the Anthem X29er. So basically it will be like having a beefier Anthem with shorter chainstays and lower standover height, not bad for me
Also, according to my research, the Trance has a 13.25" bottom bracket height, while the Anthem has a 12.8" bb height (I'm not sure if this is correct)so the shorter travel fork will reduce the bb height but not an inch, the bb is not under the front axle, is actually closer the rear axle (17.8" from it according to the limited geometry info that Giant provides in their website) So according to my basic CAD drawings and to my online research this should lower the BB height to around 13" high...still higher than the Anthem 29'er one.
So what do you guys think? Does it make sense? Has anybody else tested a 4Ē fork in this bike?
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