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    Will a 130mm fork be OK on the Giant XTC hardtail?

    Hello

    I'm looking to get a hardtail frame. I'm looking at the Giant XTC frame.

    Has anyone built one with a 130mm fork? Will the geometry be OK?

    I want to put a Fox Talas on it. I could reduce the travel to 90mm for long climbs.

    Do you think this frame is suitable for the 130mm Talas?

    Thanks

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    the usual 'cons' go with such a longtravel fork:
    *slackened headtube angle = less responsive steering
    *altered riding posture: good or bad
    *altered stresses through headset/headtube: negligible

    probably not ideal. it's a big change from the standard 80mm. i suppose you have to ask yourself 'why' you're wanting such a long fork, and maybe the frame/bike is not suitable for your needs (freeride/urban?).

    i currently have an 85mm REBA on mine, and it suits my riding style/XC. feedback generally suggests 100mm is about as long as you want in order to retain performance.

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    No engineer or frame expert but common sense tells me that 130 on that frame is too much.

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    Call Giant first

    The headtube may not be able to handle the stress that a 130mm fork will put on it and may crack. Call Giant if this size fork is advisable but my guess is that the frame is not designed to handle it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arrazo
    The headtube may not be able to handle the stress that a 130mm fork will put on it and may crack.
    yeah, you keep reading about this - hence my reference to it in my post - but i must say i don't buy into too much.

    i mean, what sorta quality frame is not going to be over-engineered and not tolerate a slackening in the headtube angle? and how much difference or added stress does that provide compared with a normal setup with a 250lbs rider or someone doing 3~5ft drop-offs? you would expect the frame to handle these sorta things pretty well without falling apart, so i would have though a 'long' fork wouldn't impact that much.

    not ranting, just curious.

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    - Giant NRS Composite - Giant XTC2 - Giant TCRCzero - Giant OCR1 -
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    [size=1]- nothing stock here - move right along now -
    - Geelong area, Australia -
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