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Tracer fork options
With a 32 Talas 150, I would prefer to ride it mostly at 130 mm and only crank it out to 150mm for Downieville or Tahoe, taking advantage of the true design/ features of the frame and set the rear at 6 inches for those instances.
I am leaning towards the Talas 150, but here is where I am stuck. The majority of my riding (probably 85% of the time) will be in technical xc/am stuff set at 130mm. How do you think this will affect the feel of the bike/ Head Angle with the Talas set at 130? All the press on this bike says 140mm. Any thoughts?
I think you'd be better off with the talas 36, unless you plan on running the tracer frame in the short travel mode all the time.
On paper at least, using fox website data, the crown-to-axle distances for the talas 150 are 521, 501, 481. 521mm is pretty comparable to most 140mm forks - pike is 518, thor is 520. Fox 140 forks are at 511mm.
On the other hand, the talas 36 has axle-to-crown distances of 545, 515, 485. So the 130 setting on the 36 has a height a lot like a 140mm fork.
So if you're looking for a fork that is mostly '140-equivalent' in the middle setting, and then you can crank up to 160-equivalent on occasion, the 36 is the one and not the 150.
I have a tracer with a 150mm Talas and I am not sure why you would want to run your fork at 130mm for any thing but climbing. The HA is about 68° with a 2.5 Nevegal. This is hardly slack by todays standards. It has a low BB so it pretty much rails corners yet retains stability at speed. The 150mm Talas 32 is a good choice but i would recommend starting with the full travel. It works pretty well on just about anything.
I hope this helps.