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    2010 Rockhopper expert w/ Rockshox 318????

    i just bought a 2010 rockhopper expert, and i was immediately not a fan of the Dart 3 fork. HOWEVER, i got my old fork off of my hardrock before trade in.

    My question is will the 130mm rockshock tora 318 air work without damaging the rockhopper. Im a solid 240 pounds, and im actually kinda nervous about cracking my frame with the extended travel of the 318. It is exceptionally plush though. Also will it be too lightweight in the front with the 318's extended travel?

    anyone had any experience with this fork on a rockhopper??

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    is the tora a solo air or a coil? My brothers Tora 319 SA has travel of 80-120 and comes stock at 100 or so I think.

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    tora solo air 318. its at like 130 mm i believe.

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    you can purchase spacers to reduce the travel to 100mm
    also, there is no such thing as too lightweight
    I had a 09 tora race for a couple months but eventually replaced it with a '10 recon race which is much nicer, and a lot lighter
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    im sorry, i didnt mean litterally the weight of the fork being too light, i was referring to the front end such as the bike wanting to wheelie too much while i climb a hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeper006
    im sorry, i didnt mean litterally the weight of the fork being too light, i was referring to the front end such as the bike wanting to wheelie too much while i climb a hill.
    nope, the tora is a pretty heavy short travel fork
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    one thing's for sure, your warranty is void if you use a 130mm travel fork with the rockhopper...
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    Quote Originally Posted by louisssss
    one thing's for sure, your warranty is void if you use a 130mm travel fork with the rockhopper...
    Agree with this.

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    im not too too worried about the warranty part, i live in louisiana and ride mainly just rolling hills with no jumps. the trails here are pretty flat, so i dont think that with my amateur style of riding i could damage the bike, but i just want to get some other opinions before fighting with changing that thing out.
    I had it on a hardrock base model for a while and never had any signs of stress or damage on the frame, so i just need some opinions on whether the rockhopper expert could handle it.

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    just buy a 20mm and a 10mm all travel spacer and pop them into the left leg
    you wouldn't have to worry about anything that way..
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    Lambdamaster, i would love to know how to do that. im a newby with a little experince but if you could give me a little info or a link on how to do so, i would greatly appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeper006
    Lambdamaster, i would love to know how to do that. im a newby with a little experince but if you could give me a little info or a link on how to do so, i would greatly appreciate it.
    http://www.sram.com/_media/techdocs/...ce%20Guide.pdf

    in particular, pay close attention to page 5
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    great advice lamb.

    p.s. what all did you do to get your RH Comp to 20.8 lbs. if you dont mind me asking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeper006
    great advice lamb.

    p.s. what all did you do to get your RH Comp to 20.8 lbs. if you dont mind me asking?
    '09 specialized rockhopper comp disc frame 17" 1600
    '10 Recon Race soloair MoCo+poplock 1623+45
    Alligator Serration 160mm Ti-Nitride+bolts 188+30
    Avid Juicy7 653
    Bontrager XXX lite grips 18
    Cane Creek S3, carbon spacers 112
    Control-Tech RaceSL Ti/Scandium 30
    DTswiss XR 4.2D limited edition 755+879
    DTswiss Revolution 2.0/1.5/2.0, alloy nipples
    Easton Monkeylite XC carbon, OS 170
    Gorilla Tubeless+Stan's sealant +60
    Hope Pro 2 hubset
    Hope Seatpost Collar, 34.9 23
    Jagwire Hyflow Hose and fittings
    Jagwire Ripcord housings, cables
    KMC X9 SL gold 241
    Lizard Skins Chainstay Protector 17
    MRP 1.X chainguide 58
    RaceFace Evolve 175mm cranks, EXI BB 629+114
    RaceFace 34T Single ring 53
    RaceFace NextSL carbon seatpost, 30.9 204
    Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2.25 Evo 455+497
    Selle Italia SLR XC gel flow 178
    Specialized mystery stem, 75mm, OS 129
    Sram X.9 short cage+hanger 208+18
    Sram PC 980, 11-34T 301
    Sram x.5 trigger shifter 186

    last number is the weight in grams
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    so you cropped out the 3 ring F gear and went with single mid-size 34 T gear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeper006
    so you cropped out the 3 ring F gear and went with single mid-size 34 T gear?
    yup. the 34T chainring and 11-34T cassette gives me enough range on such a lightweight and efficient-climbing bike.
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    well i put on the Tora 318 last night and it fit well coming right off the hardrock. i just had to trim a couple millimeters off the tube to fit the shorter RH steerer tube.
    HOWEVER, i didn't realize that the original RH fork ( Dart 3 ) has post mount brakes and the Tora has IS, so now i have to wait for an adapter to come in. LBS doesnt have any so i ordered one for $4 online. After i get it going im gonna try it out for a while then i may end up putting the 10 and 20mm spacers in.

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