So I just picked up an 05 hardrock pro off of craigslist. It's a pretty nice build and it comes with a manitou nixon - I believe that it's 145mm travel and 518mm axel to crown. I do realize that this is too much travel and it will "rake out" the front end a bit. That, I'm not too worried about.
What I *AM* worried about is catastrophic failure of the head tube. I bought the bike for my wife's cousin and I believe he intends to ride it as a trail bike mostly, no hucking or massive jumps, but probably 1-2 ft drops here & there. I don't want to be the guy that's at fault for his broken jaw.
Is this something that I need to worry about? If so, can the nixon be shortened easily? This is the non-IT, non-rapid wind-down version.
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