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    SC Heckler fork choice

    I am building a SC Heckler 6.1 with a 1 1/8 HT for a friend.
    He is about 220lbs.
    I am not sure which fork should he get.
    32 or 36?
    140, 150 or 160mm?
    I would consider him to be a beginner, he has been riding on a Costco $300 HT till now and this is going to be his first "real" bike.
    His weight considered, will a 32 150mm fork have too much flax for trail riding? RS Revelation?
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    Fox 34 or 36 would be super stiff. 150 I think is the sweet spot

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    A Fox 34 would be better for a 220 pound rider, although not necessary, especially for a beginner.

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    Unfortunately the Fox 34 is only tapered.
    His Heckler needs a 1 1/8 straight steerer.

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    When I first got my heckler I was about that weight and was running a revelation at 140mm with qr drop outs. It had some flex to it but I didn't notice. I was a beginner still and it was fine. The fork lasted three years. As I got better I never really felt the fork holding me back, though I did convert it to coil because I was too lazy to monitor the air pressure. The fork lasted me three years, I lost a lot of weight, and gained a lot of confidence (maybe a little skill too). I eventually cracked the arch in a bad landing. I tacoed the front wheel as well. I replaced the rev with a 36 float r. The bike feels great at 160mm. The front is a lot stiffer and the added slackness vs 140mm is welcome but I didn't need it starting out and probably still don't need it now (I got a good deal on the 36 on clearance). If you're buddy is just starting out the rev is probably fine. Get one with a 15 or 20mm axle or what ever the standard is now. Unless your buddy is going big save the cash and go 32mm. A sektor is a good candidate too.

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    Thanks!
    Should we go with 140 or 150mm?
    SC specs the Heckler with 150mm now, so I assume it should be the best choice.
    140mm will be a bit stiffer and steeper, the HA with 150mm 32 is 67.5. I am leaning towards the 140 32.

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    I think the heckler feels better with the 160 than the 140 so I'd vote 150, but that's more of a personal preference than anything. If you go with a 150mm air fork you can always lower it to 140.

    Andy

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    ...used to ride a 36 (160-coil) with 20mm axle and recently switched to a 32 (150-air) with only 9mm axle... on a Heckler. The difference is very subtle but I try not to "slam" my fork too much. That said, take into account your friend's riding style.

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