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Author:  LikeClockwork [ Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:04 pm ]
Post subject:  How much travel can my '98 GT Backwoods take safely?

It's on the way, and is all original at the mo, with Indy S forks, but I'm going for a super lightweight build, if not on him, then my Avalanche of the same age, so the same question applies either way.

As they're both sus corrected, is the axle to crown measurement more important than the actual travel of the forks, I'm thinking 100mm SIDs or similar....?? Both have very short head tubes as they're tiny frames.

Author:  markwashington [ Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How much travel can my '98 GT Backwoods take safely?

I suspect you'll be fine with 100mm. Obviously if the frames are tiny the forks will probably look massive but if it rides ok what's the problem? Is there any chance you could buy two sets of Sids ad try them both out for size, you might find one rides much better for you.

Author:  LikeClockwork [ Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How much travel can my '98 GT Backwoods take safely?

Wish I could, if I had the money I would, as it is I'll be struggling to fund one pair! :lol:

As the Avalanche had Judy SL's on it as original spec, I don't think 100mm will be a problem either, I'm not going to worry about head angles, etc, too much.

Author:  T'boo Ted [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: How much travel can my '98 GT Backwoods take safely?

judy sl's are 63mm? (63 rings a bell anyway), I run an 80mm manitou on my 96 xizang and it works well, but not too sure how well 100mm would go.
My old DB Axis that came with a 2in fork, was fine with 2 1/2 and 3in, but going to 4in made it a bit wonky

Author:  LikeClockwork [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: How much travel can my '98 GT Backwoods take safely?

Ah, I thought SL meant they were at least 80mm, but thinking about it.... :?

Avalanche is running Z4's at the mo, think they're 80mm, and it handles better than anything I've ever owned, so perhaps best to stick to no more than that...

Author:  T'boo Ted [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: How much travel can my '98 GT Backwoods take safely?

na its DH that was 80mm, although i think the Sl could be 80mm at times long travel kit or something...no expert

Author:  Exeter Man [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: How much travel can my '98 GT Backwoods take safely?

If you want something roughly period correct, have a look at these 80mm Bombers:

viewtopic.php?f=40&t=269529
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221271635008

Regards

Author:  LikeClockwork [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: How much travel can my '98 GT Backwoods take safely?

Will keep an eye on them, to be honest Marzocchi's idea of 'light' seems to be a lot heavier than Rock Shox though.... :lol:

Author:  Exeter Man [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: How much travel can my '98 GT Backwoods take safely?

LikeClockwork wrote:
Will keep an eye on them, to be honest Marzocchi's idea of 'light' seems to be a lot heavier than Rock Shox though.... :lol:
About 1.65kg according to Weight Weenies, so not too bad really.

Regards

Author:  ChrisBrown81 [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How much travel can my '98 GT Backwoods take safely?

On later spec Judys the travel was 100mm, 2000-3

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