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    Manitou Machete JUNIT 145mm fork on a Transition Ripcord

    Stock fork
    100mm travel, 487mm A2C, 467mm A2C @ 20% sag

    Manitou Machete JUNIT
    145mm travel, 500mm A2C, 471mm A2C @ 20% sag

    At 20% sag, they're nearly identical. Any issues that putting the (IMHO) superior Manitou fork on would cause?

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    Quote Originally Posted by savechief View Post
    At 20% sag, they're nearly identical. Any issues that putting the (IMHO) superior Manitou fork on would cause?
    It might inspire excessive risk-taking?

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    No problems that I can see. Just make sure the Ripcord is a tapered headset, which I imagine it must be since Transition is a higher end bike.

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    If I recall I think the Ripcord isn't a tapered headtube so you'll need a certain headset if I recall to get the Manitou fork to work. That will be a big upgrade. You might look into getting the shock tuned for a kid too, lot of opportunity there. The JUnit is extraordinarily nice. Its literally an 800$ fork.

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    I've been pondering doing this also. Just to note that the external headset for a tapered fork would also add a bit to the axle-crown length.

    CRC also has a 120mm version that would put the A-C length to be right about the stock length once you take into the external headset

    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod188907

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    Quote Originally Posted by savechief View Post
    Stock fork
    100mm travel, 487mm A2C, 467mm A2C @ 20% sag

    Manitou Machete JUNIT
    145mm travel, 500mm A2C, 471mm A2C @ 20% sag

    At 20% sag, they're nearly identical. Any issues that putting the (IMHO) superior Manitou fork on would cause?

    As others said, EC44 Lower to 1.5" external cup to be able to run the Manitou tapered fork. This will add 12-15mm of height.

    Also, maybe a boost front wheel. Machete forks are boost spacing only, right?

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    Looking for upgrade options as well...

    My son is changing to the Ripcord later this week... I can already see the stock Rockshox will be the first thing to go and possibly the brakes.

    The JUnit fork is on the list or possibly an older 26" Fox that one of our local shock workshops can tune for a light rider...

    Any other forks people have tried?

    Would love to see some pics and a parts list of a Ripcord upgraded to a proper fork.

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    I went with a dual air Reba on my daughter's Ripcord which gives a bit more ability to fine tune pos/neg chambers. The issue I've been running into is that given her weight (55lbs) the pressures are really low so tricky to get right particularly when it's near impossible to get any detailed feedback from her! I was hoping that the Junit might be a little easier to get right...

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