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    Downhill forks for fatbikes

    Hi, I know many people have tried using inverted DH forks dual-crown forks for fatbikes, but didn't find a topic on here so here goes. Was just wondering what's the best fork to go for right now. I won't fit 203mm obviously but I know many DH forks can have their suspension reduced to around 150mm which is good enough for me.

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    Manitou Dorado might go down to 170mm I think,

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    Dig around for some old threads by Mike c. He was using a couple Dorado's on fat bikes about 5 years ago, I believe.

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    Dorado's work great if you can be OK with a 3.8" wide tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mezastel View Post
    Hi, I know many people have tried using inverted DH forks dual-crown forks for fatbikes...what's the best fork to go for right now. ...150mm which is good enough for me.
    if you only need 150mm, then why get a DH fork? Mastodon is the droid you are looking for. :cool

    as posted above, the only DH dual crown fork that will fit wider than a 3" tire, is the Manitou Dorado. I have the "big 3.8" mounted on a 50mm on mine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney View Post

    Sigh.

    Slowly building up a new one of those. Did OK without it but felt something was missing for certain rides in certain places.

    Yours looks so freaking mean as built.

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    Thanks for the replies! Dorado is not easy to find! Not many listings on Ebay, and it's got a straight steerer which might be a problem.

    As far as 'why not Mastodon', I must confess I hate both Bluto and Mastodon they are pretty bad compared to the Fox 27.5+. As far as wanting a DH fork, mainly I just want a dual-crown fork because they seem more sturdy (I don't mind the weight).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mezastel View Post
    it's got a straight steerer which might be a problem.

    I must confess I hate Mastodon they are pretty bad compared to the Fox 27.5+.

    Straight steerers aren't a problem, you simply need a different crown race to work with your existing headset.

    I own both a Mastodon and a Fox 34 27.5+. Suspension quality is very, very similar. Main difference is the Mastodon can fit any tire, ever, and weighs a bit more.

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    Interesting. My experience is nothing like yours. I find the Mastodon to be very slow to respond, its small bump compliance is nowhere compared to Fox, and its sticktion is quite annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mezastel View Post
    Interesting. My experience is nothing like yours. I find the Mastodon to be very slow to respond, its small bump compliance is nowhere compared to Fox, and its sticktion is quite annoying.
    I've got the Fox 34 Factory 120 and a Mastodon Pro 120 STD. I actually find the Mastodon to have better small bump compliance but you are correct about the stiction...until it's broken in. They are both great forks and wouldn't get rid of either!

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