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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:40 pm 
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I'll be building up a new bike over the next few months and rather than multiple PITA posts though I would keep them all together. So please pop in if you can add anything :D

First off I need to find some suitable forks as these will probably be the biggest outlay, looking for recommendations for a 80mm fork or a shorter than normal A2C. Was thinking the new SID's in 80mm guise or believe(?) reba's with U turn(?) can be dialed down.

Anything else to keep an eye out for?

U turn?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:59 pm 
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SID are good , but you need to be a light weight .

I am a fatty and mine flex a bit . :lol: they are a 2001 model but I heard new ones are the same .

If had to buy new , I ll choose some Maguras .


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My mate works for Tim Flooks and says that the current gen Rock Shox are very good quality and better value that Fox. My brother has a pair of Reba's and loves them, but I have also heard the SID's are flexi. :)


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I guess the frame isn't too modern if you need shorter forks, or are you anti-longer travel?

These are a bloody bargain from Merlin:

http://www.merlincycles.co.uk/?fn=produ ... egoryId=18

Or these if you want 2009:

http://www.merlincycles.co.uk/?fn=produ ... egoryId=18

I have the above and love them :)

I found U-Turn a bit agricultural and the forks were heavy.


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Good stuff guys :D

I had discounted the older SID's but the newer ones seem a bit better in the flex stakes

Reba's are looking stronger, TP this is the frame I've bought.




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and wiggles blurb here


http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/-_-/5360019544/


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Lush 8)

My LBS has a 17.5" 853 Ala Carte on the wall in Chili Red, it's been reduced loads and is one of the only things that's ever made me wish I wasn't tall :)

I reckon you'd be OK with a 100mm fork on that frame. I'd buy something nicer than a U-Turn too.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:29 pm 
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Tallpaul wrote:
Lush 8)

My LBS has a 17.5" 853 Ala Carte on the wall in Chili Red, it's been reduced loads and is one of the only things that's ever made me wish I wasn't tall :)

I reckon you'd be OK with a 100mm fork on that frame. I'd buy something nicer than a U-Turn too.


heers, it arrived today and it is lush 8) I had posted on MTBR salsa thread, but its always good to get the opinion of guys you know. Anyway a few also reckoned 100mm wouldn't really bother it too much. Do you know if the travel in the 08 reba's is adjustable though? And how does the poploc work?


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I think the travel is fixed, it is in my '09's.

They're about 460mm A2C so with 15% sag would sit around the 445 mark, no idea on the rake though. Maybe ping an email off to Salsa and ask them what they think?

Poploc is just a remote lockout. It's just a length of cable from the fork to the handlebar where you have a shifter that lets you turn the lockout. I don't bother with it. If i'm riding a long enough section where i really want to limit the travel it's no biggie to reach down and turn it by hand.

I s'pose if you're really honking a flat section the bobbing might bother you? :?


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Salsa is giving an A2C of 446mm so pretty darn spot on. :D The reba's seem to get good press everywhere too.


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The new SIDs should not be confused with any previous versions,they are basically the same as REBAs now with 32mm stantions and power bulges etc and also about half a pound heavier than old SID.Would have bought some myself but got a deal on some Fox F100's,looking back I think I may have made the wrong choice!


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