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  1. #1
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    fork length for Warden

    Are most people running 160 mm travel forks on their Wardens? I have a 350 ncr set to 160 mm and the front end feels just a bit high on steep climbs. (but great on the downhills) I will probably drop the fork to 150 mm to see how it feels.

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    I'm not sure what the axle to crown is on the Marzocchi but my 160mm Pike feels just right.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    170mm MRP Stage here (1mm higher a2c than Pike at 160) and slack setting. I started with it at 160mm and steep setting and actually had more trouble on steep tech climbs with it set there. Eventually I went to slack and actually like the way it climbs ledges there. Shortly after I bumped it up to 170 and for me it climbs everything well, even techy steep stuff. Are you running a lot of spacers under your stem or a higher rise bar? While you can't play with fork travel on trail, it's worth re-riding sections that don't feel quite right with a swap between steep and slack and also maybe moving 5 or 10mm of spacers from under to over the stem. Both only take a couple minutes and might drop your bar height to the point where you won't feel the need to give up travel on the front end.
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    That's great advice and in fact just before I read your post, I did remove some spacers and slam my stem as low as possible. Went for a ride this morning and it seems to have helped. Climbs just fine now and I don't think I need to reduce the travel. One thing I did notice was that by hands were numb by the end of the ride, which hasn't happened before. Don't know if lowering the stem by 10 mm is the cause.

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