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    Custom fat bike linkage fork

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    A work in progress with a couple more hours of work left (disc brake mount). Based off a Noleen ELT fork, lengthened with hand made carbon legs and widened with new aluminum shafts.
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    I will say that is pretty awesome, but I must ask what motivated you to do this?

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    Wanted a suspension fork that steers like a rigid fork. Production forks had downtube clearance issues. This fork is also lighter at just under 4lbs.

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    All I see is error messages. Can you post a pic to MTBR?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaineLotus View Post
    Wanted a suspension fork that steers like a rigid fork. Production forks had downtube clearance issues. This fork is also lighter at just under 4lbs.

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    I didnt see an option for uploading pics to the forum, so I linked to photobucket.

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    Looks like a modified proflex/girvin...hows your noleen holding up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineLotus View Post
    I didnt see an option for uploading pics to the forum, so I linked to photobucket.
    Comes up as an error.
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    Nice work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_manny View Post
    Looks like a modified proflex/girvin...hows your noleen holding up?
    No problems with the Noleen so far. I've considered an air shock, but not sure if that's an upgrade or downgrade. An air shock does shorten travel by 1/2" but is lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineLotus View Post
    No problems with the Noleen so far. I've considered an air shock, but not sure if that's an upgrade or downgrade. An air shock does shorten travel by 1/2" but is lighter.
    Keep the Noleen (coil shock).

    Not sure if it's due to the fork linkage design, but I wasn't happy when I tried an air shock on my old girvin/proflex.

    Shock was a 8" Fox vanilla.
    When you run low pressure for small bump sensitivity, you end up bottoming out too much...no bueno.

    Looking forward to your finished product

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    I have always liked the look and function of this style fork. BMW K motorcycles also use a similar system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_manny View Post
    Keep the Noleen (coil shock).

    Not sure if it's due to the fork linkage design, but I wasn't happy when I tried an air shock on my old girvin/proflex.

    Shock was a 8" Fox vanilla.
    When you run low pressure for small bump sensitivity, you end up bottoming out too much...no bueno.

    Looking forward to your finished product
    Good to know, I won't try an air shock. Thanks for the info.

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    Wow, awesome. Sorry for bumping an old thread.

    As a relative fatties newbie & a former Proflex rider I love what you've done with the forks. Any more updates on your progress?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineLotus View Post
    Wanted a suspension fork that steers like a rigid fork. Production forks had downtube clearance issues. This fork is also lighter at just under 4lbs.
    Did you just use longer bolts and some spacers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineLotus View Post
    Good to know, I won't try an air shock. Thanks for the info.
    You would need to add volume reducers to the compression can at this point

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    That fork looks cool as hell. It's reminiscent of the Nukeproof Reactor fork. Is it holding up, how do you like it? Thanks.

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    Really nice job! I really want to do this but finding these forks is becoming like finding hens teeth.

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