Thinking of 120mm fork Following, band-aid fix for a 130 fork??-
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    Thinking of 120mm fork Following, band-aid fix for a 130 fork??

    I'm a 160lb cat 1 xc rider looking at the Following as a "part time" aggressive trail bike. Most of my days are on a road bike, carbon 29er HT or short travel 29er, but there are a few times where something beefier would be nice, a frame that wasn't so low and slack where pedal bashes ruined my fun like a Ripley LS does (that bb is looooow).

    I understand it's not a lightweight frame, but with my 2017 Fox Factory 120mm 34 the Following geometry, on paper at least, seems near perfect for my needs: no gap jumps, no flat landings, just a lot of high speed choppy small rocks, off camber aggressive riding. It'd be fun to chase Strava segments and buddies on a longer toptube shorter stem ride as opposed to my XC whippet. I'd be okay with slower climbing because the Following would be on group rides where the pace wasn't XC racer frantic, if that makes sense.

    Having said that, has anyone with a 120mm fork regretted it? Or did you swap a 120 to 130mm fork? My parts bin has that very nice 2017 Fox 34 120mm just waiting.

    I prefer a 13 to 13.25" bb height and around a 67 or 68 HA and if it had a 73 or steeper seat angle I'd be happy.....and the 120mm fork geometry gets all this. But that's on paper. Other than the frame weight and not being a true DW Link that I'm a fanboy of, the Following seem to be it and not to mention on sale!

    On the trail for how I'd use it will a 130mm fork in either hi or low be night and day better?

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    Thinking of 120mm fork Following, band-aid fix for a 130 fork??

    I alternate builds on my Following using a MRP Stage at 140 and an RS-1 at 120. The RS-1 build is my endurance trail build and it's quite fun with a 67.8 HA and 74ish SA. The BB is low even in high geo and right around 13". It's also an excellent climbing bike. As it sits now I have Nobby Nics 2.35/ 2.25 on it, a little lighter bar stem and seat vs what you see in this photo. With the dropper it's a touch over 26 lbs. like described.
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    I ran a 120 fox 34 on my Following for a few months until I sold the bike. It did give up some descending prowess to when I had the fork at 140, but the bike definitely climbed better and was still very playful. For your purposes I think the 120 would be awesome.

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