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    Burnt Spot?

    Had to replace my frame this winter and couldn't afford wheels, tires and a fork so I couldn't get a Burner. I did however get a wonderful 5 Spot.

    Now my fork is getting long in the tooth....some day in a year or two I need to buy a fork, with that in mind could it be a 27.5 fork?

    Is anyone riding a Spot with 27.5 wheel up front?

    Comments on the set up?

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    if you get an X fusion Slant? I think they are 160mm (you can lower it internally) and they are 650 ready!
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    I've been contemplating this as well. I've got a Float 36 that apparently clears a decent 2.35 tire. If the travel was lowered on the fork to offset the extra wheel diameter (say to ~145mm?), then I don't see why it would alter the handling in a major way. Seems like an easy enough way to see what the wave of 27.5 hysteria is all about.

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    I am on a 2011 spot with a 650b wheel up front and like it a lot.

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    I have a 150mm WB Loop on my 5spot, partially because I liked the idea that it's 27.5 compatible.
    whatever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fermenter View Post
    Now my fork is getting long in the tooth....some day in a year or two I need to buy a fork, with that in mind could it be a 27.5 fork?

    Is anyone riding a Spot with 27.5 wheel up front?

    Comments on the set up?
    My 2pence worth
    A 150mm travel 27.5 fork has a 540mm A/C
    A 160mm travel 26 Lyrik fork has a 545mm A/C

    Thus - you could put on a 150mm 27.5 fork with a 26in wheel and be have much the same geo as 5Spot with a 160 Lyrik.
    Or put on a 140mm 27.5 fork and 27.5 wheel and again equal (almost) a 160 Lyrik with 26 wheel.

    My head hurts now..

    Regards

    Deano

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    Yes, I assumed I could run a 140 to 150mm 27.5 fork and wheel and maintain the stock geometry range (I have a 160mm fork with an external lower cup right now) and don't mind lowering the travel a little but I wonder if there is a noticable improvement on the trail with the added wheel diameter?

    27.5 Marzocchi 55 offered yet? I'll have to run over there and take a look.

    Cheers!

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    Not quite the same but I've been running 27.5 on the front of my 2007 Spot with HL rear and Magura Thor fork. I love it, it's a go anywhere, ride anything bike and comes in at 27.2 lbs.

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    I thought I'd give this a try. I originally had the 36 on here at 160mm, then went to a 150mm Revelation, and the current set-up is the 36 with 140mm and the 27.5 wheel. Tire clearance isn't great, and is in line with the clearance shown in the Burner build thread photos of the same fork/tire/rim combo (tire is 2.35 hans dampf). I expect some gravel pings off the arch, but mud shouldn't be an issue in CO this summer. Rides nice around the neighborhood so far.
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    We have talked to several riders, maybe you guys? That have done this, and some on Flux's with a little shorter fork and 275 front wheel. Everyone likes it, not one regret. The increase in stability is really noticed in the steering half of the bike. Sorry there is no room in the rear to get the increased ease of rolling over stuff but at least the smaller lighter wheel is more flickable with a playful character.

    DT

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    my burnt spot....

    thought i would also give it a go. fox float 36 set at 150mm, flow ex and schwalbe HD 2.35. enough clearance for mud, not much, and clears on full compression. head angle is just over 66, surprisingly still climbs very well in my local tails, and i like what it adds to the bike over obstacles and holding speed. kept my 26in wheel to move back and forth. Burnt Spot?-burnt-spot.jpg
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    Anyone else?

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    I did it with a Rev w/ a 20mm Thru and a 2.25 Nobby Nic which clears by about 5mm. Had to lower the fork to 135mm travel to get the same bb height compared to full 150mm travel and 26" wheel. I tried it at first with 150mm travel and 27.5" wheel. Didn't like it. BB way to high.

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    speaking of which, anyone doing a 26"s on the burner? Heard some ramblings of that but didn't see any pictures. Just curious to hear the impressions since this "officially" isn't endorsed.

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    If I could do it now I would choose a BOS fork. As long as it could be lowered a touch. Still nothing from Marzocchi that is close to burly in that tire size.

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