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    Kona Raijin 2014.. 120mm fork.. 51mm offset

    Hey
    Just picked up a used Kona Raijin 2014.
    Super happy about it.

    I would like to make it more aggressive and I have a 120mm fox fork with 51mm offset lying around.

    I wasnt able to find any information about how much travel this frame can work with and if a 51mm offset work will work well.

    Thanks
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    So I emailed Kona with the same question and this is the response I got:
    Hi, sorry no. You need to keep the Raijin at 100mm.
    Itís the most travel we find to me reasonable on a XC hardtail; longer and the
    handling gets very strange as you go through the travel.

    When Dr Dew draws up a frame the first thing in the picture is the fork. After that the frame
    follows. A longer fork will slacken he angles of the frame and cause the steering to wander on
    climbs and the tire to push and loose traction on descents.

    Also since the fork is no longer held at itís ideal angle to function extra energy will go into
    bending it instead of compressing it. Plus since most forks use a bushing submerged in oil the
    loose knocking feel when the fork is topped out will be increased. And last since the longer fork
    is a longer lever in a big impact or overload the chance of that force being sent into the frame
    and damaging it is greater.

    Also we don't spec the bikes with a less than ideal travel fork; holding a few percent back so
    owners have to change that later. It comes out of the box with its right geometry ready to roll.

    So while putting the longer fork on wonít break your bike immediately it will increase the
    fatigue cycle and reduce the frame lifespan. We have put a lot of energy into testing this
    situation and stock is where itís at.

    Happy Trails!
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    Ibis Ripley 2014
    Kona Raijin 2014 SS

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    No warranty anyway, I'd do it...
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    It will indeed work...as long as the wheels stay planted. The 51mm offset will actually give it better slow-speed handling, thanx to the optimal trail figure.
    "The ONLY person who needs to race.....is the entrant"

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    So you guys think it will work well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by we78 View Post
    So you guys think it will work well?
    Yes. Just keep it sane. The head tube has minimal reinforcement.
    "The ONLY person who needs to race.....is the entrant"

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    I bought my 2014 Raijin used from a Kona rep - he was running a 120, and said they'd honor the warranty for me. I have a fox 32 TALAS on it now and I would say it definitely climbs better at 100mm, and is better on twisty single track at that travel too. The 120 is nice to have for steep and/or fast descents though. The slow speed handling is a bit wonky at 120, so the 51 mm offset might be good. I would give it a try.

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    When I owned a Raijin, I ran it with 100 and always wanted to go to 120. It'll work fine, man, go for it.

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