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  1. #1
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    Front Suspension Fork for Karate Monkey?

    Beginner thinking about changing the fork on the (29er) KM. At present, KM has only been used for street and groomed trail riding. Wanting to try my hand at learning to ride "real" off-road trails.

    Issues are as follows:

    (1) Current wheels (Sun Rhyno-Lite rims with Deore hubs) would require front shock of QR design. Is that okay, or better to change wheels and go with "thru axle" design? Does the bulk of a QR shock being in front of the axle affect geometry and/or handling?

    (2) Thinking that Reba RLT might be a good way to go. LBS likes the fork, too. Yea or nay?

    (3) Anything else I should be asking?

  2. #2
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    Nov 2008
    Riding rigid isn't that bad on "real" trails.

  3. #3
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    Feb 2007
    Reba is a sweet fork. That's the one I would put on my KM, as well.
    I love casual riding on my rigid KM, but for faster, more aggressive riding, having a suspension fork is definately the way to go.
    Personally, I'd buy a used Reba with the open/QR dropouts and use the current wheelset, with a quality, Shimano QR skewer.
    The Thru-axle design is nice, but you have to be willing to pay more for the fork as well as a new front wheel. Is it worth it? Hard to say, that's your call.

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