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fork clearance question

Discussion in 'The Shop' started by happity, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. happity

    happity Chimp

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    hello, sorry if this is posted wrong.

    I have a question that has been perplexing me for a long time.
    on the mountain cycle website, it says the battery has a "fork clearance" of
    125mm-to-whatever

    what would happen if I ran a 100mm fork on it?

    I dont really understand fork clearance

    sorry for the stupid question.


    thanks

    -happity
     
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  2. Mr Jones

    Mr Jones Turbo Monkey

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    got a link to that spec page?
     
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  3. JeffKill

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    http://www.mountaincycle.com/battery/frame-spec


    They just recommend a 125-160mm travel fork for the frame. I would imagine it would be fine with a 100mm fork, it will just lower the front end a bit.
     
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  4. Mr Jones

    Mr Jones Turbo Monkey

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    Putting a shorter fork than recommended does more than lower the front end. It lowers your BB height and steepens your headtube angle. I'd be more worried about the headtube angle. If it's too steep, you'll loose stability when the terrain gets steep.

    MC lists the head angle (HA) at 68.5deg. IMHO, that's already a bit too steep for a park/SS bike. Personally, I wouldn't go with the 100mm fork. I'd keep it at 125mm. If you were dead set on riding a 100mm fork, you might wanna look for a frame that specs 100mm forks without having a super steep HA.