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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:35 am 
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I've been hanging on to a set of nos carbon crosslink forks for my rainy day, dream build, a GT STS. After getting my hands on one recently I was soooo disappointed that the noleens looked rubbish, the same could be said for the lawwill leader 3 forks I have as well, so my question is, are there any particular frames that these forks suit?

I don't plan on taking on any more projects unless it is really something special once the sts is complete, so should I hang on to the forks for a future build (subject to the existence of a suitable frame to mate them to), or is it time to let them go, roam free and get the use they deserve elsewhere?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:05 am 
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The leader's would look dapper on my Parkpre ;)

On a serious note, Crosslinks and Vectors have always suited Proflex and been standard fit as such, however in one of the Orange Catalogues (Cant recall which one) it does show a Hardtail Orange fitted with some Girvins, and it looks really nice, I've seen a few GT's also with Girvins and again they look well paired. I know Girvins are not everyones cup of tea and also not great on performance compared to other front suspension forks but for me they are interesting and different. Leaders & Amps also look funky and different and tend to suit Carbon or Polished frames, again GT's spring to mind.

Be brave and try something different ;) you never know.........


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:51 am 
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I think the noleens will look good on multi pivot (FSR? LTS) period matching full sus frames, I think they make the front of hardtails look out of proportion. Of course they seem natural on Pro-flexii.

The fork legs look good when colour matched with the swingarm.

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Noleen's not so original then?

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I've found a hardtail they work on!!!

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Built up STS with noleens?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:52 am 
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Form over function at the perfect level!! I need one

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:33 pm 
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Believe Caroline Alexander ran girvins on a Klein around 96 or so. That should upset some purists.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:55 pm 
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Some more Girvin options :D


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:45 pm 
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Why did they look so bad on my sts? Perhaps with wheels and finishing kit, they might look better, but will stick with more conventional forks for now I think. Maybe it was the red painted bits and decals that made them look worse as a lot of the pics are sans colour?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:50 pm 
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ishaw wrote:
Why did they look so bad on my sts? Perhaps with wheels and finishing kit, they might look better, but will stick with more conventional forks for now I think. Maybe it was the red painted bits and decals that made them look worse as a lot of the pics are sans colour?


The blue & red decals definitely clashed on your mock up


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:48 pm 
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Excuse the idle, hot afternoon post...

I don't think anything looks 'right' on an STS.

I'm thinking of running LOOK Fournales, but with so many wrong angles...
You always get that gappy looking back end with a 'too steep, had a nasty accident' front.
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Whereas Leaders look classy (but definitely not period correct :o ) on pretty much anything:Image
AMP, not bad, lines are better but spindly looking
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Straightish telescopics (Magura) look pretty good, but a bit tame:
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Hurrycat Vorace...now you're talking :D But you can't have them...
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So maybe a nice set of Rock Shox would be best after all :roll:
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I wonder if we have the same taste in drink and women, too?

All the best,


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:38 pm 
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I had Girvins on my 94 Cinder Cone and it looked the nuts, in pieces now though while I ponder on the availability of spare parts such as shocks and seals.


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