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    08 Chameleon fork/travel choice

    I have a Chameleon frame on the way and I plan on selling my P2 bike to help finance the new build. I got a sweet deal, never built frame for $450. shipped. I will be using as an all purpose bike. From riding it to work, to some trail riding, to a little playing around on jumps.

    I'm looking at keeping the cost down, so I'm looking fro a used fork or a deal on a new fork. I want to keep my options open from 130mm to 150mm, but I don't want to throw off the geometry too much for what I'm using it for. Not sure I want to go 150mm or more travel or keep it down around 130mm.

    I want a thru axle and I'm looking at used Pikes or Marz Z1 and new Nixon Super Intrinsic.

    What travel do all you 08 Chameleon riders recommend for my intended use?

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    A fork with adjustable travel from 100 to 140 mm such as :
    Rock Shock Pike or the new Magura Thor.
    100 mm to climb and 140 to downhill.
    I actually have a Marzo all mountain 07 with 140mm, but i'll go for the Magura Thor next year.

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    I've been running a Pike coil 140 on my 08 Chameleon, and its been great, just swopped the Lyric of my Heckler to try it at 160 , it looks insane :-) should be fun on the down hill

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    I've got a Marz Z1 Light with two coils on mine (130mm -150mm adj) and I just run mine at 140 all the time, works great as a height for an all around bike.
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    I have a 100-140 TALAS and use 120 mm almost all the time. Going to 100 mm on the climbs does not give me anything I need and going to 140 on the downhill is still just a nice to have for me. I was religiously using 100 climb, 120 trail, 140 downhill for a long while then decide to try just 120 and I like it a lot.

    Notes:
    - This is on a single speed and like standing with 120 mm front end setting, if you are seated on all climbs it might be a different story
    - I am not big on slack bikes more of an XC/trail balanced bike kind of person, so you may love 140 on the front.
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    Thanks for all the replies guy. My P2 sold already. I want to hold out for a Pike dual air u-turn, but they can be pricey.
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    Hey, I installed a 2008 FOX 140 mm. it's just perfect !


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    Manitou Nixon Super 145 Air

    What do you guy think about the Manitou Nixon Super Intrinsic air 145mm. Axle to crown is right around the other 130mm (marz) - 140mm (pike ,forx) forks. Air preload, bottom out and rebound adjustable.

    It can be had for around $300. new and that would save me $130. for the other parts to complete my build (seat,post cogs).
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    I ened up getting a Sherman Firefly 130mm with TPC+ and what I beleive is a TI spring in really good shape for $150. shipped.

    With the lower A2C height (492mm) should put the head angle around 69* for more of a quicker steering street ride like I wanted, but not to steep for some FR ability.

    I will post pic later this week, I'm waiting for a headset to come in at the shop. It should be a pretty decent budget build (out of pocket cost $775.) with all the left over parts I had laying around.
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    A few pics.

    Here are a two pictures of the bike. Not sure what the head angle is, but it's steeper than what I'm used to.
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    Last edited by spacoli; 09-15-2008 at 05:22 PM.
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    Hey Spacolli,
    Is that a size large frame? Looks good...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bee-man
    Hey Spacolli,
    Is that a size large frame? Looks good...
    Thanks, Yes it's a large.
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