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    Can a Crossrip carbon fork fit on a 8.5DS? Sure does!!!!

    http://imageshack.us/a/img539/1600/robCzu.jpg

    Fits perfectly! Swapped out my defective fork on my 8.5 DS for two reasons, one bike is ridden only on the street (have a Fuel EX8 29er for off-road) and two I got tired of waiting for my replacement fork from Trek. Been over a month and still no fork, told they are on back order.

    On a brief test ride I can tell you the ride is super smooth and the bike is much more nimble. Has to be from the weight difference between the two forks. A longer ride is planned for this afternoon.

    Can't wait to see how it performs on a long ride. Cost of the fork was under $200.00 and my LBS didn't charge me any labor for the install.
    Bikes I own:

    1990 Cannondale M800
    2013 Trek 8.5 DS
    2014 Trek Fuel EX8 29er

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    It's not the lower weight of the fork that makes it feel more nimble, it's that you've steepened the head angle by at least 2 or 3 degrees.
    Worked at Trek/Fisher dealer 2008-2013. Only a little biased.

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