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    HD140, what fork do people advise fox 34 or 36 shimmed to 150

    Ordered a HD140 frame the other week and I am just waiting for the stock to arrive in the UK. In the meantime I am trying to pick a fork for it. Now I was pretty settled on the Fox 34 but then I have just got to the thinking that the 36 might be a serious option.

    Does anyone have experience of both of them?

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    Just some thoughts
    34 will be about 1/2 lb lighter IIRC
    34 160 26" AC 537.9 - 10 shimm = 527.9
    36 160 26" AC 545.3 - 10 = 535.3
    32 150 AC =520.9

    36 will be slacker
    36 will fit a 650b if you chose in the future, 34 won't
    34 = 15mm maxle
    36 = 20mm maxle

    I have a shimmed 36 only because it came with the 160 and I shimmed to convert to HD140 650b

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    I have a 34 and would pound it pretty good, and the 34 is just fine. I believe you can get the 34 in a 160mm and it works good.

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    Don't forget you get the RC2 Fit in the 36 as well. While the 34 is the CTD.

    Personally I like the RC2 on my 160, but it doesn't lock out if you need that.

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    I went 32 150 to save weight.
    Disclaimer: Always get a second opinion cause I'm just guessing

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    The Revelation World Cup is a great option...

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    Sorry I missed from my first post that I wanted the option to go up to 160 travel so that rules out 32's and the revs. Also having owned some 2011 refelation world cups I would not go near a pair again. Never got on with them.

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    I think it really depends on what you intend to do with the bike. Because the HD frame is so damn versatile, it's different bikes to different people, and we'll probably be making different compromises - like what bones listed. No doubt the 34 and 36 are both good forks that will serve you well.

    In my case, which I'm not entirely sure is relevant, I realized that for the time being I'm going to be riding my HD most on slower rocky technical stuff. I picked the 650b 150mm Revelation (I loved the '11 Rev I had on my SL). Later next year, when I get the bike onto some more aggressive stuff, I'll likely swap to a Vengeance on the front and something more gravity-oriented than an RP23 in the rear (in 160 mode, shimmed).

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    Apparently lazarus and I have the same idea, except I'm not rolling 650b.

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    agreed, hugely depends on riding style. Personally I would have a 160 lyrik on the front... or maybe even a xfusion vengeance... I'm all done with fox... that would slacken it out a little. Much how I ride mine, 160 rear an 180 front...
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    Bought a 34 Talas and the bits needed to turn it into a 150mm fork.

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    Glad you made a choice. Like I said earlier, you had a number of good options.

    You can also always run the 34 in 160 mode later, too, if you feel like it. Having options is nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by anomaly View Post
    Apparently lazarus and I have the same idea, except I'm not rolling 650b.
    I'm not rolling anything just quite yet, but the fork is supposed to get here tomorrow, so we're close. That, and the WC doesn't come in 650b.

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    If you go 34 you are limiting yourself since the 36 is just so flexible. There is a possibility that Ibis will come out with a new rear end to support 27.5 more easily. 36 allows for that. Also, not sure why you would want the steeper head angle that the 34 will give you. The RC2 damper also gives you way more tuning options that their 3 position system on the 34.

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