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    Trek Wahoo Upgrade-Manitou Markhor Fork - 100 mm or increase to 120 mm?

    Hello. I have enjoyed riding my 2012 Trek Wahoo 29er stock hardtail for a long time, but it is time for a real fork. I purchased a Manitou Markhor (being shipped now), which has options for 100 mm (current bike factory setup) or 120 mm travel. My question is this: the 120 mm setup will change my geometry slightly-would that be offset by using a shorter stem and/or wider bars? I recently mangled a brake and when the LBS was repairing it he (while holding back laughter) suggested shortening the stem and lengthening the handlebars. I like the idea of the 120 mm raising my chainring a bit...could this be a welcome change?

    Other relevant info: G2 geometry, 51 mm offset (old and new forks), "large" size bike (19 or 21", can't remember), 170 lb rider, MN trails, "willing and cautious" intermediate rider.
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    My only upgrades are tires (continental mountain king 2.2 or 2.3) and bb7 disc brakes and shimano clipless pedals.
    Thanks!

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    Stem and bars won't change the geo, but it would change your riding position. With a longer fork, you increase the headtube and seat tube angles.

    If you wanted to return the riding position to be as it was before, you could do a negative rise stem and adjust the saddle some. It would be a "go by your own feel" thing to see if you like it or not though.
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