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I was wondering if any of you guys knew it it was possible to put a 6" travel fork on an 03 Marin Wolf Ridge? How would it change the geometry and what new stresses would be put on the frame?

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I'm running a 5" Fox Vanilla on Marin Trail pro which is similar. Yes it slackens the head tube into a more downhill like stance so it works much better going down than up.Climbing is harder but I compensated with a longer stem and moving my seat up on the seatpost so its working out fine. Going another inch I would not do. Also if you are planning to put on a double crown fork you better check with Marin, I'm not sure if the headtube is burly enough to handle the stresses of a double crown fork.
 

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some good points, but why can I get 6"inches of travel in the back if I can't upgrade the fork to match?
 

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I swapped rear shocks from a 1.8 inch throw to a 2.2 inch throw, bearly fit but its pushing about 7" of rear suspension now, I'm not sure if your bike allows you to put in a longer throw rear shock but if it does and you are on the large/heavier side of life its a viable option. But don't look for it to balance out your long throw front fork much.
 

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I have an 01 wolf ridge with 150 mm on the front...

and it works great. I put the steerer angle setting at its slackest (69 deg) and put the rear travel to 6 inches.

no problems. Obviously doesn't climb like my NRS or even my Dakar XLT but it works great especially at Plattekill.

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Reek said:
and it works great. I put the steerer angle setting at its slackest (69 deg) and put the rear travel to 6 inches.

no problems. Obviously doesn't climb like my NRS or even my Dakar XLT but it works great especially at Plattekill.

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Is it manageable on the climbs. This is going to be my only bike?
 

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Yes it is manageable but....

It is manageable on my 01. I have a fox float RL. Don't use the lock out much. The bob seems worse with the head angle in the 70 or 70.5 setting but in the 69 setting with 6 inch rear, the rear end actually stiffens up on climbs as you might expect with a high single pivot bike.

As long as you 're not obsessed with overall pedalling efficiency, I say go for it. I use my bike as my main ride.

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I will post some soon!

I'll get some pics of my Wolf Ridge up in a bit. It's in the middle of a mid summer tear down that all started when I went to replace the bottom bracket. One thing lead to another and now it's getting the 'works'. Brakes "NEED" bleeding, hubs "NEED" packing, fork "NEEDS" a tear down...

You get the idea.

Anyway, keep an on out for the pics.

REEK
 
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