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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:29 pm 
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So I want to try some new forks on my Bontrager Race. The original Switchblades are too flexy for my fat ass. I've tried my old Pace RC35s but didn't think there was enough travel there. Then I broke my RC36s. Got some Project 2s but now my wrists hurt.

Next I got some very modern forks. Marzocchi MX Pros from about 2005. I'm worried they might be a bit much though. I'll try tightening them up tomorrow so I don't have to cut the steerer down yet. It's about 50mm too long. Looking forward to a blast in the sunshine tomorrow afternoon.

Any thoughts? It would be a shame to have ruined the handling, which was spot on.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:44 pm 
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Looking at the angle of the chain stays I'd say you were within the limits of the frame geometry, but you really need a shorter stem with that fork...


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:44 pm 
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Dunno how it'll handle but I love the look. It has that aggresive XC kind of look going on :).


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:50 pm 
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How much do the forks sag when you sit yo big fat ass on it?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:18 pm 
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i believe in fixies wrote:
How much do the forks sag when you sit yo big fat ass on it?


Good point, and so eloquently put.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:14 pm 
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i believe in fixies wrote:
How much do the forks sag when you sit yo big fat ass on it?


Ha ha! I'll have a look tomorrow. Need to work out how to adjust them properly too.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:19 pm 
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We_are_Stevo wrote:
Looking at the angle of the chain stays I'd say you were within the limits of the frame geometry, but you really need a shorter stem with that fork...


It's touch and go, right? I agree on the stem. Can't find any nice short 1" ones apart from an old Syncros one I have. The sloping top cap on that means I'd need to cut the steerer down for sure. Might go for a shim and a 1.125" one instead.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:45 pm 
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Run some spacers on the excess steerer to begin with. Then, if you dont like it, you arent limiting your market when selling them on to people with teeny tiny frames. If You like it, then cut it later. Spacers can be had for cheap on ebay and the like. I have an entirely uncut steerer on my saracen with spacers under and over the stem. If I ever sell them there isnt a bike in the land they wouldnt fit and no, before you ask, it doesnt look mad, it has a 150mm heatube to begin with!.


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