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'03 5 spot here, and I love the hellz outta that bikey.

But I'm thinkin' of more...MORE!

Can it handle the 160mm travel gnar shredder?

Or should I keep the trusty 125rlc on that biotch?

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jubilee said:
'03 5 spot here, and I love the hellz outta that bikey.

But I'm thinkin' of more...MORE!

Can it handle the 160mm travel gnar shredder?

Or should I keep the trusty 125rlc on that biotch?

:ihih:
I think Turner says NO! :nono:

But, perhaps a good compromise would be to get one of the older talas's, that offer finer adjustability. Then you could tune it to 140mm and leave it there.

160mm would definitely be way pushing it on a spot. FWIW, I think 130mm 'zocchi's are the perfect length for 5-spots on our terrain. Try the Fentonators spot. I also ran a 130mm Z1 on my old RFX with 5" rockers and that was about the best handling XC bike ever.
 

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FM said:
I think Turner says NO! :nono:

But, perhaps a good compromise would be to get one of the older talas's, that offer finer adjustability. Then you could tune it to 140mm and leave it there.

160mm would definitely be way pushing it on a spot. FWIW, I think 130mm 'zocchi's are the perfect length for 5-spots on our terrain. Try the Fentonators spot. I also ran a 130mm Z1 on my old RFX with 5" rockers and that was about the best handling XC bike ever.
I should just leave well enough alone, eh?

Every time I ride the Spot I think "This gaddamned bike is PERFECT!!" Even if it's almost 4 years old and has that haggard red double D still strapped to it's frame.

Maybe I should just go for a ride.

I hope you guys enjoy this evening. Don't fall off in the mucky muck.
 

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debby does talas ?

since my talas cant seem to keep its full travel consistantly,its found a permanent home on my spot.
i must say,now that its been on there for a while,i cant get myself to take it off and put the 32 talas back on.(the 36s' stiffness makes the 32s' feel like wet noodles)
i wouldnt suggest buying a new 36 but theres about a thousand used 36 talas forks on ebay each month that sell for between 400-600.
it made my spot handle with such precision that i cant even consider going back.and even tho some might not like it,the bike rips it in 160mm mode on the downhills.i even ran it at 160mm non stop for a while and it still climbed as good or better than most other trail bikes ive checked out.i usually run it in the140s' (ive got the 06 talas and it adjusts 3mm per clicks which adds lots of versatility.)
for someone who rides trails with aggression and maybe a gets into a little xtra-light freeride at times... id say this is the ultimate 5 spot fork.
 

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FM said:
I think Turner says NO! :nono:
I couldn't find where DT said this (I think I remember reading it somewhere, though), but here's his comments about the RS forks, from which one could (should?) extrapolate a recommendation about the Fox 36:

turnerbikes said:
On the subject of RS...

Spot, Pike.

RFX, Lyric.

Highline, Totem.

Do not criss cross and all is well enough within a mile of the first ride.
Some who wanted to run a beefier, longer fork have converted to a 5 Pack. Not really an option anymore, though. Maybe used.
 

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kinda looks like a ak47 barrel on a .22 pistol but im glad he likes it. me.... well if i felt i needed a fork that big id sell the spot and move uptown. and dt indeed says pooy on this combo. its in several threads but im not gonna go huntin to prove a point that maybe shouldnt have to be made in the 1st place.
 

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kinda looks like a ak47 barrel on a .22 pistol but im glad he likes it. me.... well if i felt i needed a fork that big id sell the spot and move uptown. and dt indeed says pooy on this combo. its in several threads but im not gonna go huntin to prove a point that maybe shouldnt have to be made in the 1st place.
Yeah, I remember when the spot felt BURLY.

Then I got a highline, which feels like a TANK.

Nowe the spot feels twitchy as a hummingbird. :p
 

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too big?

sell the spot?....are you nuttz?
i suppose a pike would be a better choice but i got stuck with a 36 talas that was supposed to go on an rfx before it started loosing travel.
since you can pick one up slightly used for almost as cheap as a pike and youd be able to keep it set at 5" or 4" for climbing but would still be able to use it on another bike down the road that could use that extra travel.(if your the sort that likes to switch it up at times)
im about done with a 06 rfx build ill post some porn soon.

i think it looks dope with the beefy front end what are you talkin bout'?.
 

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i hear ya. if thats what i had i might be inclined to use it. guess what the worry is, someone with that fork on a spot might be inclined to push it a little too hard and end up breakin the frame, then ask for a warranty and that might be out of place. again, im glad yer diggin it but to buy that fork specificaly for that frame is not the way to go.
 

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That fork looks perfect on the Spot to me, personally I would go with a thru axle 130-150 fork if I was buying a Spot, for our terrain.

Pep's are putting 180mm forks on their RFX's, not sure why that is considered bueno but not 150-160mm forks on Spots, you would only use the full travel for steep or extended downs.
 

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Pep's are putting 180mm forks on their RFX's, not sure why that is considered bueno but not 150-160mm forks on Spots, you would only use the full travel for steep or extended downs.
I remember that thread in which DT commented on this issue. We were discussing the head tube strength and what can Turners handle. DT was quite positive the added travel of the fork and the associated leverage ratio would not cause the head tube to rip off, which was a major concern in the discussion. It does, however, add to the risk of ovalizing it when you botch a maneuver.

The major concern DT had was that a person wanting to run a fork that big on a Spot has a different intent than a person who is satisfied running a 32mm Vanilla, for instance, and he was concerned about the rest of the frame surviving under these riding conditions. I gather that warranty claims would be affected.

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Jube, check with our buddy, the fentonator (not sure if you've met him yet). He's probably ridden his 5 spot harder than most people ride their RFX's, but he's pretty smooth on the bike. It saw many shore and whistler days before he got his Faith and he was hitting stuff like the big GLC drop on it.

He's currently got a 130mm Z1 on his rig and is considering an upgrade to a 36 TALAS in the future. He's in the exact same boat as you....really happy with his fork, but wondering if being able to extend the fork for steep descents would make the bike slightly more versatile.

EBX
 

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The major concern DT had was that a person wanting to run a fork that big on a Spot has a different intent than a person who is satisfied running a 32mm Vanilla, for instance, and he was concerned about the rest of the frame surviving under these riding conditions. I gather that warranty claims would be affected.

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i shoulda thought of that.

"someone with that fork on a spot might be inclined to push it a little too hard and end up breakin the frame, then ask for a warranty."

wait a damn miniute. i did!
 

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Jube, check with our buddy, the fentonator (not sure if you've met him yet). He's probably ridden his 5 spot harder than most people ride their RFX's, but he's pretty smooth on the bike. It saw many shore and whistler days before he got his Faith and he was hitting stuff like the big GLC drop on it.

He's currently got a 130mm Z1 on his rig and is considering an upgrade to a 36 TALAS in the future. He's in the exact same boat as you....really happy with his fork, but wondering if being able to extend the fork for steep descents would make the bike slightly more versatile.

EBX
That 36 van got me droolin' though.

I imagine it's like my buttery push'd 125, but better. Much better. Droooool.

Sound like you doods had a great ride. :thumbsup:
 
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