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    5" fork on a trance

    What are the effects of putting a 5 inch fork on a trance? does it significantly throw off the geometry? is it a good or bad idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by temp49
    What are the effects of putting a 5 inch fork on a trance? does it significantly throw off the geometry? is it a good or bad idea?

    thanks
    i'm riding a Fox Vanilla RLC on my Trance that is set to 120mm and i like the steering more compared to the factory setup with 100mm in the front.It feels balanced with slacker steering angle whereas the original fork lenght has a tendency i would describe as quick.But you should note that the axle/crown distance of the Fox forx is lower compared to other manufacturers.
    So if you take a marzocchi with same travel it will be slightly longer, steering angle will get more flat.

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    My girlfreind ran a Talus on hers and wound up leaving the fork at 130 mm all the time for best XC results.

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    As stated what is more important is the axle to crown measurment compared to what comes speced for the Trance. I have a T3 with a REBA and I extended the travel all the way out to what's "sposed" to be 115mm, but when I measure the stancions I'm at 120mm. Axle to crown measurement on the REBA at this setting is 19.25". Since I've done this I can't say I've noticed too much difference in how the bike feels - could definitely feel the difference when climbing at first - but I also lowered the stem 10mm to help compensate for the feel. Definitely gives a little slacker/taller angle for decents, don't think you'd have a prob with a 5" fork within reason. Use my measurement as a guide on axle to crown length.
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    Quote Originally Posted by temp49
    What are the effects of putting a 5 inch fork on a trance? does it significantly throw off the geometry? is it a good or bad idea?
    I ran a '05 Float 130R initially at 100mm (30mm spacer), went up to 110mm (20mm spacer), but then settled back to 105mm (25mm spacer). At 110mm, the geometry was slower than what I had expected out of this genre of bike, but it felt the most balanced front-to-rear in terms of rock gardens and rolling drops (not 'hucking' drops; not really what I want to do on this bike), but for me there was a bit to be desired in terms of rigidity. The 105mm travelk setting turned out to be a good compromise between the quickness that makes turning a bike invigorating, versus the amount of work I had to do landing the front end.

    FYI, my Trance is set up as a trailbike/epic, but in reality I ride it when I want more "sports-car"-like reactions (acceleration, flickability, trail feedback) compared to my 6x6 coil-sprung all-mountain rig. So I end up taking it through most of the stuff I ride with the big bike anyways, but obviously with more finess and less aggression. Hence the desire for fork rigidity. The Trance rear end is SOLID.

    If Rock Shox released a Maxle-endowed Reba Team/Race (meaning air-sprung, ~105-110mm of travel, and ~4lbs), the Float would be gone quicker than the end of this sentence.
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    I have a 2005 Minute 1 on my Trance and love every bit of it! 100mm when climbing and 130mm when coming down! As a matter of fact! I'm waiting for my 3-way Swinger Frame shock to arrive. This my friend has become the ultimate ride (Full SPV Suspension).

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