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    Rake/geometry question

    I am thinking about swapping forks. Would I notice a 7mm longer axle to crown with a change in rake from 43 to 45? I run a Karate Monkey fork on my 26" Dean and I am incredibly happy with the way the bike feels. The new fork is lighter and ti (did I mention sexy?).
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    I'll be changing soon also

    [QUOTE=teamdicky]I am thinking about swapping forks. Would I notice a 7mm longer axle to crown with a change in rake from 43 to 45? I run a Karate Monkey fork on my 26" Dean and I am incredibly happy with the way the bike feels. The new fork is lighter and ti (did I mention sexy?).[hear/QUOTE]
    I'm not really sure how much it will change the ride. I have heard that a change of 1"(25.4 MM) in axle to crown height will change your HT angle by about 1 degree. Since you are only changing 7mm I don't think it should be that big of a deal. Not sure what the difference in rake will change.
    I am putting together a 17" monocog aluminum and the Kona fork that will be going on it will be 420mm, compared to 435mm on my 19" steel monocog which it will be replacing. I still need to get some parts (avid brakes, seat post)and finish my 2 tone paint job , Dark gun metal gray metalic, and some other color to be determained, Yellow, blue, green, or white, not sure yet. I guess I will be steering a bit quicker w/ 15mm less axle to crown height. I'm changing to the 17" cause I want more standover and the aluminum frame was cheap and has disc mounts.

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    fork change

    Doublt you'll notice the 7mm difference at all. It will make less than a .25 degree change in head angle etc. Kind of the difference between soft and fully inflated tires. Or the difference between runing a 2.1 and a 2.3 tire. Not a big deal.

    The 43 to 45mm rake change will quicken the steering just a tad. You may or may not notice it. It should be pretty subtle.

    You adapt within a ride and forget anything ever changed in no time.

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