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    What ss frames will take a 100mm fork?

    Thanks for reading.
    Just new to SS - I don't even have my own just yet, but I'm definitely hooked after using my buddies. Can't believe how much the trails change, how challenging they become and how much fun it is! Never thought that I'd be saying that . . .
    . . . . anyway, the types of trails that I ride are pretty technical (lots of rocks and roots). After riding my buddies ss (1FG) with an 80mm fork, I'm pretty certain that I'd like a bit more travel and a bit slacker HT angle. I've checked out Santa Cruz Chameleon - a bit out of my price range. What other frames out there will take a 100mm fork?
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    Azonic Steelhead. Heavy @ 7lbs, but very strong and cheap at $130 on ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barley
    Thanks for reading.
    Just new to SS - I don't even have my own just yet, but I'm definitely hooked after using my buddies. Can't believe how much the trails change, how challenging they become and how much fun it is! Never thought that I'd be saying that . . .
    . . . . anyway, the types of trails that I ride are pretty technical (lots of rocks and roots). After riding my buddies ss (1FG) with an 80mm fork, I'm pretty certain that I'd like a bit more travel and a bit slacker HT angle. I've checked out Santa Cruz Chameleon - a bit out of my price range. What other frames out there will take a 100mm fork?
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    the new on-one inbred (the new version for sure, don't recall how people have set up the previous versions) http://www.on-one.co.uk/
    any geared frame made for 100mm that you can convert (;


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    Cheap and light...Tsunami

    It sure isn't full of bling but the Tsunami frame from Chucksbikes.com works well with a 100mm fork. the geometry and short head tube really work better with a taller fork.
    3.5 lbs. Track style dropouts and like 120.00 with the headset and seat clamp.
    Been riding one with a noleen mega air this season. Dam light combination for typical xc riding.

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    a PISSOFF will

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    Check out Misfit Psycles. Peter makes some great frames and the customer service is awesome. His frames are set up for a 100mm fork. Frames run $200 US and he even has some on ebay for $185, where I bought mine.

    http://www.misfitpsycles.com/

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    I can't believe there are 5 replies and no one has said the Chameleon. The Santa Cruz was built to take a 100-150mm fork. I'm probably going to upgrade mine from a 100 to 130mm here shortly. The bike just loves a leaned out head angle. Plus it's much easier to manual that way. :-)
    .....but good luck with that.

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    Notice that the original poster specifically said that a Chameleon was out of his price range... so that would put a pissoff out too.

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    ive been liking my GF RIG alot..

    it takes a Reba SL fork that has 85 or 100mm of travel. ive been riding it w/ 100mm and rarely have it fully open but, then again im more of a CX rider. btw the RIG in medium (17") has a 71deg head tube angle, (larger n XL = 71.5).

    btw of course its a 29er SS. it works well for me on technical stuff. if you do a lot of tight turns a 26er may be better for ya.

    anyway, if your future bike can accomidate a REBA Race, Team, or World Cup, they are also 85 & 100mm of travel. good luck!

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    100mm + 1x1 = ?

    Thanks for all the replies - much appreciated.

    I've been eyeing up a Surly 1x1 for my first SS. I know that it's frame adjusted to run an 80mm fork. Could I get away running a 100mm? Has anyone tried it? It would slacken the HT angle a bit - maybe not a bad thing for the riding I do.

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    Didn't read down quite that far. But I've seen plenty of them go through ebay on the cheap. Wait around another month or so, and people will start selling of items for the latest and greatest.
    .....but good luck with that.

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    I run a Juan Solo with a 100mm Marathon SL on it, no problems. The frame is designed around an 80mm fork so the Marathon slackens the HA a little bit (probably about 1 degree). Not a big deal for me since I can use the ECC for really steep climbs.

    I don't see any issues with running a slightly bigger fork on your frame as long as you can handle the change in the bike geometry. Note, that there will be a be more stress on the head tube and it may invalidate your warrantee. If you are a BIG rider or ride very aggressively, all bets are off.

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    My Mountain cycle rumble s/1 handles very nicely with a 130mm fork on the front, and you can normally find them going cheap on e bay.

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    How about a

    Voodoo Wanga. Made for 100, sliding dropouts,steel. What else? Here's mine.
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    The standing eight count & three knockdown rules are in effect on this trail.

    http://compvelo.com/content/

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    fetish

    fixation. u can get it off ebay for $149. designed around a 100mm fork.
    ride hard, drink slow... or is that the other way around?

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    Running a 100mm Fox on my Juan Solo (Salsa) and loving it. They call for an 80 fork but Fox runs a pretty short crown to axle gap so it seems fine.
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    No good Tried it...didn't like it

    Quote Originally Posted by Barley
    Thanks for all the replies - much appreciated.

    I've been eyeing up a Surly 1x1 for my first SS. I know that it's frame adjusted to run an 80mm fork. Could I get away running a 100mm? Has anyone tried it? It would slacken the HT angle a bit - maybe not a bad thing for the riding I do.
    I initially tried a Float 100 on my 1x1 and didn't like it at all. Not that it choppered the geometry too bad, but there was some front wheel flop and I didn't like how it noticeably slowed down the handling. I later swapped on a cheap Zoke MX Comp 85 and it was spot on perfect. The word from Surly is that "you can run anythin you want, but anything over 85mm of travel is going to make the 1x1 handle like sh!t." Yes, that's a quote from Surly in response to my question to them about the maximum travel fork they recommend for a 1x1 frame. From personal experience, I have to agree. I have a new 1x1 frame on order and definitely plan to run an 80mm fork on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by logbiter
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    the new on-one inbred (the new version for sure, don't recall how people have set up the previous versions) http://www.on-one.co.uk/
    any geared frame made for 100mm that you can convert (;
    Also old Inbred runs nicely with 100mm fork. I have tried it with 125mm Fox. That was bit too much. Now it has RS Pike with 95mm setup. Pretty heavy but soooo smooth...

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    Titus HCRs, size Small and up, are setup for 100mm forks and I got mine with single speed dropouts.

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    Kona Cowan

    Kona Cowan is designed around 120mm. Lighter than the Steelhead at 5.5lbs, comes in 5 sizes, and MSRP is $399. You can probably get a 2005 for less now that the 2006 is available.

    I have a Pike on mine and I absolutely love it. With 100mm travel the head angle is steep enough for tight singletrack and at 140mm it is slackened enough for great downhill riding.

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