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    Fork offset

    Hello There.

    I am contemplating getting 130-140mm Pike for my Mach 4C. It comes with two flavors 46 and 37mm offset. Has anybody here have any experience playing with different offset.

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    Hi KK2,
    This question has been a hot button the last few years. As an early adopter of what I like about reduced fork offset, I can tell you that I really like 37mm on my 650b bike. Bottom line for me is that it calms the steering.
    Pros and cons for both for sure.
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    I like 51mm offset, on 29er. No wandering on techy climbs and serious high-speed stability. Even the near-trackstand speeds on switchbacks is met with complete control. Been a fan, since 2013...
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    I’m old and I too ride east coast trails (read: slow and technical). I just ordered a new fork with reduced offset. I did this contrary to my knowledge that a longer “standard” offset is better suited for my trails.
    That said, I bought the shorter offset because of perceived ease of resale. Seems to me that everybody feels that their riding experience will be transformed with a shorter offset. That coupled with the fact that I’m likely not good enough to notice a difference. Perhaps other average joes like myself can tell


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    Thanks for the input guys!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by holiday View Post
    Bottom line for me is that it calms the steering.
    Same seems calm and more intuitive at both low and high speeds to me.

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    I don't like anything about the higher offset, at any speed. Its most-bad for me at low speeds when trying to ride something like a skinny. It feels darty and easy to fall off line. At higher speeds it finally becomes more stable. Tolerably stable is a better descriptor. Its not good, its just tolerable.

    The lower offset is stable at low speeds and keeps you on track. The bike doesn't turn until you want it to turn. I like that. There's no darting off line, it just holds. At higher speed it still just holds, more than the higher offset.

    I dont really think bikes have "slow" or "fast" steering. We have 100% direct steering, its either twitchy or stable, but not fast or slow. Low offset is stable, high is twitchy... I don't want a twitchy bike ever, especially when a trail is tight and twisty, and I need to be precise about where I'm steering.

    People often want to equate this to travel too. I put a 44mm offset fork on my 100mm xc 29er. It feels great there too. No more high offset forks for me.

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