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I wouldn't hesitate to do it, but then I have a general leaning toward over-forking bikes.

Check axle-to-crown lengths of both; if they're not too far off (up to like 10 -12mm), you'll probably barely even notice a difference.
Beyond that, sometimes handling is improved and sometimes it deteriorates, depending on the bike.
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The short answer is, it depends. We need to know a lot more than just you provided.
Yeah, I sure you're right, had a moment of laziness.

I'm riding a slackish hardtail, 67deg HT with a Fox 130mm fork. Bike came set up with 27.5'' wheels, although it often ride it as a gravel bike with 29'' wheels and 40mm tires. Fox can't service the air chamber seals anymore, but I was hoping to get a couple more years out of this rig.

Sooo, ride it as is without servicing the fork? Replace it with current equivalent (Fox offered me a deal)? Or buy a 29'' fork with an eye to placing it on the future bike that will replace this one?

That last option is what I opened the thread for, what kind of trade-offs for my current frame? TIA.
 

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Yeah, I sure you're right, had a moment of laziness.

I'm riding a slackish hardtail, 67deg HT with a Fox 130mm fork. Bike came set up with 27.5'' wheels, although it often ride it as a gravel bike with 29'' wheels and 40mm tires. Fox can't service the air chamber seals anymore, but I was hoping to get a couple more years out of this rig.

Sooo, ride it as is without servicing the fork? Replace it with current equivalent (Fox offered me a deal)? Or buy a 29'' fork with an eye to placing it on the future bike that will replace this one?

That last option is what I opened the thread for, what kind of trade-offs for my current frame? TIA.
I'll admit, that's not an easy situation for me to answer for you. I guess it boils down to two options.

Option 1 would be, let's call it "trying to keep the current bike the way it is despite the issues" and

Option 2 would be, let's call it "investing in a new fork that I will eventually put on a new bike".

If you go with Option 1, then you can save money to buy the bike you want. If it's a complete bike, then it'll come with a fork obviously. If that fork is not what you want to use, then Option 2 might be better.

If you go with Option 2, you'd be investing in a part for your future bike but intend to use it now for the current bike. But later on, when you purchase a complete bike, you're left with selling one of the forks I'm thinking.

I would offer up Option 3, find a used fork for your current bike on Pinkbike or from a trusted seller that you can find service parts (like seals, etc.) for and use it on the current bike.
 

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I wouldn't hesitate to do it, but then I have a general leaning toward over-forking bikes.

Check axle-to-crown lengths of both; if they're not too far off (up to like 10 -12mm), you'll probably barely even notice a difference.
Beyond that, sometimes handling is improved and sometimes it deteriorates, depending on the bike.
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From my experience a 27.5 160mm fork is the same as 29er 140mm. Extrapolate the numbers but assume the equivalent travel in a 29er fork is 20mm taller.
 

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Thanks for all you responses, in the end, I decided to stick with the old fork and think about a whole new bike sooner rather than later, so there won't be a ride report on any mixing and matching of parts, happy trials.
 

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20 mm longer is not 20mm taller unless the head angle is 90 degrees.
 
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