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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