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    Highball Alu fork travel choise - 100mm or 120mm?

    Does anyone have any experience or advice about what is the best fork to run on a Highball alu? I need to decide between 100mm or 120mm.

    I'm an average kinda rider, don't do big jumps or drops. More recreational XC / trail. I do some longer multi-day bikepacking trips as well.

    Is it gonna make a big difference to me? Will a 120mm fork spoil general XC riding?

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    I would go with the 100mm based on the kind of riding you prefer.

    Of course, on my own SC HB Alum I'm running a zero mm (rigid) fork ...

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    I always recomend getting the bigger travel fork. Just about every fork out on the market can be reduced down to shorter travel. Not all can be extended to longer travel.


    Personally, I run 120mm on my Highball Al. Even running it as SS I haven't doin the front end to be too high on climbs. Like having the extra travel. Plus it helps to slack out the HA just a bit.

    It is a great bike and very versatile. Really enjoying mine.
    I crashed hard enough on my Tallboy to break my leg,
    The carbon is way more durable than most people.

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    I have the 120 on my Highballc. There does not seem to be any downside to it. The bike's handling is still razor sharp, but (as said above) with the added benefits of a little more travel and a very slightly slacker front end.

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    Thanks for the replies so far. From the other thread Highball- Aluminum Gallery - will sum this up later, too tired now!


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    That was a lot of Highballs.

    I feel dizzy

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    I think a lot if those were complete bikes from SC that were spec'd with 100mm forks.
    I crashed hard enough on my Tallboy to break my leg,
    The carbon is way more durable than most people.

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    And yes, mine is one of those posted above.
    I crashed hard enough on my Tallboy to break my leg,
    The carbon is way more durable than most people.

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    So, out of 29 Highball Aluminums:

    17 look to be 100mm (can anyone confirm this from the above photos? I am no expert in spotting travel).

    8 are at 120mm.

    1 at 80mm.

    1 at 140mm.

    1 is rigid.

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    I had a 140mm Revelation on there in the beginning when it was my only MTB. I also had a Gravity Dropper, 50mm stem and back swept bars. Great trail bike. Then I got my full suspension back from warranty and switched to the intended XC set-up with a 100mm fork, longer stem, etc. Wasn't quite right for the riding I do. Also for bikepacking I found my handlebar roll to just barely hit the front tire on big bumps with a 100mm. I ride a size large with an 90mm stem and 2" of spacers. My particular 2013 Reba can't be done up longer than 110, so that's what I settled for. Ideally this bike needs a 120mm to suit my uses.

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    I'm @100mm travel and I'm happy with it... RS Reba could be easily adjusted 20 either way so if I need more travel I can always adjust the fork. Higher volume tire will also give extra cushion (I'm running RaRa 2.25 tubeless)
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    Interesting jan! What height are you? I'm 6 feet, and have the large Highball here ready for my build.

    amigo.cz - one fork I am considering is the DT swiss XMM 120. This has a drop height lockout that takes the fork down 30%, so down to 84mm with partial lockout... seems like it may be ideal. I currently run a Cannondale hardtail with an 80mm Headshox, and use the lockout a lot when climbing anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikk View Post
    So, out of 29 Highball Aluminums:

    17 look to be 100mm (can anyone confirm this from the above photos? I am no expert in spotting travel).

    8 are at 120mm.

    1 at 80mm.

    1 at 140mm.

    1 is rigid.
    Number one and 17 are pics of the same bike. #17 is after I converted to single speed. I like the 120mm since it slackens the HA a bit.

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    Thanks all for the help. I went with 120mm and am very happy with the result. I like a reasonably low position, but at 88mm (the forks can drop in height) it does feel quite 'down'. 120mm feels good for going downhill, tried it on the staircase test and used up all but 10mm of the travel and felt amazing compared to my last forks (80mm Headshok).



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    Quote Originally Posted by amigo.cz View Post
    I'm @100mm travel and I'm happy with it... RS Reba could be easily adjusted 20 either way so if I need more travel I can always adjust the fork. Higher volume tire will also give extra cushion (I'm running RaRa 2.25 tubeless)
    does anyone know for 100% sure if the 100mm reba's that were originally specced on most of these bikes can be lengthened to 120mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trav16 View Post
    does anyone know for 100% sure if the 100mm reba's that were originally specced on most of these bikes can be lengthened to 120mm?

    2012+ Reba only go to 100mm.

    2009-2011 Reba go to 120mm.


    Considering that they didn't offer this bike in 2011.....I would suffice to say that 2012 fork....so 100mm max.
    I crashed hard enough on my Tallboy to break my leg,
    The carbon is way more durable than most people.

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    I have a white frame ready to be built, this discussion was useful, thanks.

    I purchased a Revelation RL U-turn Air (90-120mm)

    Best of both worlds!

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