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    Voodoo Wanga One?

    Hi guys, I'm looking for feedback on the Voodoo Wanga One which I'm thinking about building so I can put my Marin Rocky Ridge back to geared use - it needs more zip, or maybe that's just my legs...

    Anyway, I'm particularly interested in:

    what travel fork it's happiest with - will 100mm screw up the handling

    any problems / complications with the sliding drop-out arrangement

    how well does it climb on steeper stuff, viz, does the front end go light

    any general feedback on handling - quick or slow steering, chuckable etc.

    Any input you have would be appreciated :-)

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    I've never ridden a Wanga One, but road a Bizango gearie for 4 years until the seatstay welds gave out this fall. Based on my Bizango, responses in below your questions.

    what travel fork it's happiest with - will 100mm screw up the handling
    Depends on what you like. I ran my Bizango w/ an 80mm for most of the 4 years, trying a 430mm rigid a few times and in the last month of its life a 100mm Fox. Despite Joe Murray suggesting that the 100mm fork would screw up the handling, I felt it was fine. The Bizango is a quick handling bike to begin with so slacking the head angle a bit didn't hurt it much.

    how well does it climb on steeper stuff, viz, does the front end go light
    The front end stayed pretty firmly on the ground, but the rear end was bit more likely to go light than other bikes I've owned. On real steep terrain, this characteristic required pretty precise body positioning to prevent the front from pulling up or the rear from spinning out.

    any general feedback on handling - quick or slow steering, chuckable etc.
    I think the best word to describe its handling (if it actually were a word), would be "whippy" because I was able to whip that thing through tight singletrack and pull little jumps with the greatest of ease.

    Mike

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    Thanks, your input is appreciated. Whippy sounds good to me :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badly Wired Dog
    Hi guys, I'm looking for feedback on the Voodoo Wanga One which I'm thinking about building so I can put my Marin Rocky Ridge back to geared use - it needs more zip, or maybe that's just my legs...

    Anyway, I'm particularly interested in:

    what travel fork it's happiest with - will 100mm screw up the handling

    any problems / complications with the sliding drop-out arrangement

    how well does it climb on steeper stuff, viz, does the front end go light

    any general feedback on handling - quick or slow steering, chuckable etc.

    Any input you have would be appreciated :-)
    I've got a Dambala with the same dropouts as the Wanga One. I've had no problems with them. Basically set it up and go. In fact, the ability to micro adjust chain tension with the set screws is pretty nice. Can't help directly on the other stuff since its a different frame, but the geometry is spot on for me. Despite the potential drawbacks of the bigger wheels my Dambala feels snappy when climbing and steers more quickly than my 1x1 did. All in all I think its a very dialed in frame.
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