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    Hello everyone,
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    I'm currently riding my Gaint Stance 27.5 2 https://goo.gl/ovudLl . Usually when I ride, it's whole day (18hrs) or half a day (11hrs) of ride on a rocky and muddy terrain (80%) and pitch road (20%), with majority of steep climbing and downhills, rarely plains.

    When riding downhills my forearms takes lots of punishment with this fork. Is it worth upgrading fork to longer travel 140mm or 150mm forks in this frame. If yes any recommendations on forks around $1000, please. I'm considering of Pike RCT3 or Revelation RCT3 if it fits my bike.

    Thank you and sorry for my English !

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    with a 120mm fork, you're already at 68 deg headtube angle. If you went with a longer fork, you'd have to adjust the pressure to keep a similar angle or you're steering will feel way off and you have an increased risk of frame/steer tube damage. I would consider something in the 140mm range as a maximum. Really should base a new fork's length off the axle-to-crown length.

    I'd look at a good fork with adjustable compression damping. The XC30 gold does not have compression damping, just a rudementary lockout. Just about anything without a TK lockout will be better on a rockshox fork, and any fox/marchozzi/manoutu fork will be better.
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    Thank you for the reply watts888 .

    I'd rather not go longer travel forks if it would affect the handling of my bike. Will just upgrade better 120mm. Thank you very much

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    Your going to run into a big issue. Most better forks do not come with standard quick release drop outs anymore. So you'll be looking possibly at a new hub/wheel. There are some available (I know manitou makes options for them still) but unsure about any others.

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    Thanks for the reply tigris99 ,

    How about the Manitou Minute 120mm, will it be smarter upgrade for my current forks (RockSox 30 Gold TK).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimrock View Post
    Thanks for the reply tigris99 ,

    How about the Manitou Minute 120mm, will it be smarter upgrade for my current forks (RockSox 30 Gold TK).
    My wife has a Manitou Minute 130 mm and really likes it. It has the QR dropouts and seems to perform pretty well.
    Riding Washington State singletrack since 1986

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