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  1. #1
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    Front Fork for 2004 NRS AIR

    Hi you all,

    I am in the process of building the NRS AIR. My question is. What's the best fork to install for this frame? I have an Intense Spider with Fox Fork 100RLC and very happy with it. I may have a little dissatisfaction on climbing with the geometry on the Spider because I also have an Easton Superlite handlebar with a riser. My choice with the NRS would be either F80X or F100X. Which one would you install between the 2?

    Last edited by 2wheeler; 02-18-2004 at 12:24 PM.

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    Recommend 80mm if you want a quick bike

    I have an '03 NRS Air and the overall geometry is identical to the '04. If you are the type of person who either likes to race their bike or wants a good climber, then I highly suggest you use an 80mm fork on the bike. My bike has the Fox F80RLT and the geometry is perfect for both racing and climbing.

    Keep in mind that the head tube angle on the NRS is only 70 degrees (not 71 like some other bikes), so the NRS is already at somewhat of a disadvantage in terms of "handling quickness". Adding a taller fork (i.e.100mm) will only slacken the head tube angle even more, making the bike feel slower.

    In addition, the 100mm fork may raise the front end of the bike just enough that it wants to "pop up" on steep climbs. I hate it when bikes do that, and adding a taller fork exacerbates the problem on a frame that was not designed for it.


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    Hey dgangi! Do you ride a Ducati?

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    What dgangi said! You'll definitely like steep climbing better with an 80.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRocker
    What dgangi said! You'll definitely like steep climbing better with an 80.

    I think I am going for the 80mm. I need to buy it this weekend so I can put it together. Thanks for the input.

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