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    100 or 80

    For my new custom I have to decide if I want to go with a 100 mm or 80 mm fork. I love a plush 100 mm fork for throwing it into the ruff stuff. However, I dont want something that is going to be over active while I am smoking all my geared buddies up the hill. what do you think?

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    Fox 100X (nm)

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    i like 100

    my personal preference would be for something with 100mm, but that also has a lockout (or marz ETA) for hills. of course, if you have the budget/desire for one of the new stable-platform forks, as hugh said, that would be the ultimate solution. ultimate, but too pricey for me right now.

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    Look for a fork that has adjustable travel. My Black Elite (a couple of years old) is adjustable on the fly, 80/100, and it's great.... suck it down for the twisties or fully extend it for the rough stuff. It weighs a little more, but it sure is nice.

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    I'd go 100

    I'm liking my new Marzocchi MX pro 105 ( air with ETA) it locks out for climbing while still leaving about 25mm of travel.
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    How are you going to use the bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zenfrog
    For my new custom I have to decide if I want to go with a 100 mm or 80 mm fork. I love a plush 100 mm fork for throwing it into the ruff stuff. However, I dont want something that is going to be over active while I am smoking all my geared buddies up the hill. what do you think?
    I designed my ride around an 80mm fork and that is great on race day but for everything else give me a 100mm!

    I have four forks that I swap in and out on my ride:
    Manitou Mars Elite Air 80mm -- light race day fork.
    White Bros SC 90 (original) 90 mm (has air upgrade kit) -- I love this fork (3 lbs).
    Marzocchi Z2 Atom Race 80mm -- Heavy but this fork rocks!
    Manitou Black Elite 80mm to 100mm with lockout -- Great all around fork.

    I find that it is easy to adapt to the change in geometry with the different forks.

    I would put the FOX on my bike in a minute but the top adjustment caps hit my downtube .

    You may also want to read this thread on putting a 100mm fork on your ride designed around an 80mm fork (man, I've added a fork since that post ).

    TD
    Last edited by TDİ; 03-19-2004 at 10:43 PM.

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    Design it around a 100mm fork. The trend is towards longer travel forks (marzocchi doesn't make an 80mm fork in 2004).
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