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    What fork for a '98 Litespeed Obed

    I need to put a new fork on my '98 obed. Any suggestions with links? It's getting harder and harder to find 80mm V-brake forks. I'm considering a 100mm but am worried it will overly change the geometry. Even 100mm V brake forks are becoming rare.

    BTW, it seems every time I look in this thread it's shrinking!

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    bump; just in case this was missed///

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    i recently went through the same thing with my 99 merlin mountain frame. i was running a 63mm sid and was looking for a new fork. i got a really good deal on a 2008 reba team with uturn which let me set it anywhere between 85mm and 115mm. even at 85mm i didnt like the way it rode. the reba is a great fork but it just chabged the whole way the bike rode. maybe a 80mm wouldnt be to bad. plus i think the difference in ride height between a standard 80mm fork and adjustable height fork turned down to 85mm is more than 5mm. i switched the reba to another frame i have and the merlin is hanging in the garage forkless. would be curious what you decide on and how it rides.

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    I have had the same Litespeed frame for 10 years now. I've only 80mm or less travel forks on it. A few years back I had a 100mm Marz fork that just wasn't right for the bike, so I advise against 100mm. You could run a front disc brake just so you could have greater choices in forks and then convert the rear to disc brake with an adaptor to maintain uniformity in look. I know there are disc adaptors to convert frames that are made without rear end disc tabs. Though, you'd also need to convert your hubs to disc compatible.
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    Thanks for the input. Being this isn't my primary ride anymore, I was considering putting a rockshox 318 air sprung u-turn on it. Then I can easily put it at 85mm. It's still hard to wanto to put something like this on an all xtr bike....

    The one thing which I am kind of confused with is sag. My old manitou on this bike has virtually no sag. Probably about 5 millimeters. The new 80 and even 100mm forks have you dial in a sag of 12-20mm for an 80mm or 15-25 for a 100mm. Therefore the ride would be about 65mm for an 80mm fork or 80mm for a 100mm fork. Which isn't far off from the original ride.

    Still, this frame still came with the option of a rigid fork..

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    Why don't you look into a Rock Shox SID? They have options of either 80mm or 100mm and choice of disc or brake bosses. The TORA you mention should be fine, but I agree, it seems the Obed deserves something more high end and lighter. I have not known to run sag on front suspension, only rear.

    My Obed is a frame I'll like very much and when it was my primary ride, I had a mix of carbon and XTR components on it.
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    I agree on the SID suggestion. My 2000 Toccoa has the original 63 mm SID XC on it, but I am upgrading it to a 2009 80mm SID Team (with V-brake bosses). We'll see how it feels. I am a Clydesdale rider, so I wanted something light but beefy up front.
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    i had fox float 100 rlc on my 94 obed. you can switch between 80 and 100mm by changing the spacers around. http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories

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