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    Need help with new fork for 90's bike

    I have an approx. 1996 Ritchey bike with a frozen front fork. (Manitou 5).

    After researching I found out that new forks have a lot longer axle to crown than older bikes.

    1996 Manitou 5 - 408mm axle to crown w/63mm travel - 1 1/8 threadless

    Newer Fork - 470mm axle to crown. w/80mm travel

    I am helping my dad with the bike and he does not go fast or want to put a lot of money into it ($100?). I imagine a 60mm in axle to crown would make a big difference in handling? Or would he even notice?

    Any suggestions? Thanks in advance

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    Round and round we go

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    if he's not gonna go fast, use the fork as is. keep the $100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zygote2k View Post
    if he's not gonna go fast, use the fork as is. keep the $100.
    It's frozen solid

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottz123 View Post
    It's frozen solid
    as good as a steel fork.

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    Your Manitou is probably 430- unfrozen with a 38mm rake . A 96 Z2 Bomber will be a tad longer and have more rake which will compensate for the added length. The Z2's are a large improvement IMO.

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    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    What about a rigid fork and nice fat front tire (2.35 or bigger)? But, I can 2nd the recommendation on a '96-99 Z2 or into the early 2000's as an atom or xfly model. The Z2's have been going for ~$100 on fleabay.
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