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    Fork for S Works Epic - Opinions please

    I'm changing my 2010 S Works Stumpy FSR and getting an S Works Epic frameset. I have a decision to make around the fork. I want to run it 120mm to make it a bit friendlier for the downhills but Specialized don't currently make a 120mm fork.
    I've got it down to the new Fox Terralogic which would effectively match the rear brain or the Rockshox Sid World Cup XX which is lighter and has the xloc. I'm currently leaning towards the Fox but know that the Rockshox is getting rave reviews just like the Terralogic. I want to get this decision right so any opinions, especially if you ride either would be welcome.

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    If it was my bike I'd choose a 100mm travel fork because that is what the frame was designed for. By fitting a longer travel fork you change the geometry and wheelbase of the bike making the steering slower and less responsive.

    http://davesbikeblog.blogspot.com/20...le-bit-of.html

    These changes may make it easier to to go really fast in a straight line downhill (because the bike is less likely to react and be knocked off line) but you still have to deal with the altered handling for the rest of the time too. That's something which is a disadvantage in many situations.

    When you consider how much time you'll typically spend descending on a ride in southern England compared to the total ride time then I'd rather have a bike with handling that works consistently well overall.

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    I do understand what your saying but having ridden an Epic Evo with the 120mm up front it really works. Handling is still very crisp and the geometry better for me. It is a good compromise between the Epic and Stumpy I'll be coming off. If racing maybe the 100mm fork would be better but I don't. Do you have any thoughts on the forks I am looking at.

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    If you look at the frame geometry of the 2011 Specialized Epic Evo (120mm travel fork) then the frame is quite different to the 2011 S-Works Epic 26" (100mm travel fork). It's got different head and seat tube angles, a different wheelbase etc.

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...cname=Mountain

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...cname=Mountain

    If you really like how the 2011 Specialized Epic Evo rides then it might be worth considering getting one of those instead of the S-Works Epic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WR304
    If you look at the frame geometry of the 2011 Specialized Epic Evo (120mm travel fork) then the frame is quite different to the 2011 S-Works Epic 26" (100mm travel fork). It's got different head and seat tube angles, a different wheelbase etc.

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...cname=Mountain

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...cname=Mountain

    If you really like how the 2011 Specialized Epic Evo rides then it might be worth considering getting one of those instead of the S-Works Epic.

    same frame + longer fork = different geometry.

    If you put the same 120mm for on any 2011 Epic, it will match the EVO geometry numbers. The frames are identical.

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    This is what I'm told, they just beefed up this years Epic around the headtube which allows it to take a fork up to 120mm.

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    I ride for three years with Epic with a fork of 120mm.
    > Expert of 2009 (Reba SL) Epic carbon size M 26"
    > Epic Sworks of 2011 (Sid WC QR 15mm) size L 26"

    For me, the bike is much better in all the domains with a fork of 120mm.

    The bike of origin was too lively and not rather stable. Now, the bike is more stable, more precise, more lively, more reassuring.

    Maybe that it results from the fall of the body towards the back.

    Finally, on my Sworks 2011 cuts L, the stem is of 90mm and not 100mm and 0 offset for my seatpost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARider
    same frame + longer fork = different geometry.

    If you put the same 120mm for on any 2011 Epic, it will match the EVO geometry numbers. The frames are identical.
    And that's why I should always think about what I'm posting instead of doing a rushed reply.

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