I have a 2011 Flat 180 36 RC2 FIT fork and CC Angleset on my HD160. I use my bike mainly as an AM bike but also us it for FR and DH. 90% of the time I'm using it for technical AM and don't come close to using all of the travel even when I hit the bigger stuff. On the days I do ride FR/DH and my current riding level I still don't use all of the travel. I have a CC DBAir and a 1x9 setup with a 32 chainring and 11-34 cassette. I'm hoping to make the bike a bit of a better climber without going to a dual ring setup. It seems that I have a hard time keeping the front end down while climbing even when I lean forward. I like my bikes to have a bit of "pop" to them and the "flickable" factor while not being sluggish in handling. So here are my questions:
Would I benefit by lowering the fork to 160 and setting the headset to -1 giving me a head angle of 66 degrees? I'm thinking I could lower the BB hight and decrease the rake giving me better climbing but still retaining good DH control with the 66 HA. Am I correct in my thinking?
Would I see a big decrease in FR/DH ability?
Would it affect my rear shock pressure settings by decreasing the rake and decreasing the amount of pressure on the DBAir?
What other handling characteristics changes might I expect by lowering the fork?
Any advice and riding experiences would be greatly appreciated; Thanks.
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