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Anyone doing this one? If so, see any improvements? I am not a heavy rider (148lbs). Just wondering if I would see a big change in performance with regards to tracking etc..

Got a Fox 29er fork up front btw..

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rydbyk said:
Anyone doing this one? If so, see any improvements? I am not a heavy rider (148lbs). Just wondering if I would see a big change in performance with regards to tracking etc..

Got a Fox 29er fork up front btw..

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If your current mousetrap is working fine and you are catching mice with it, do you really need to upgrade to a new mousetrap?;)
 

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If your current mousetrap is working fine and you are catching mice with it, do you really need to upgrade to a new mousetrap?;)
I would like to catch more mice. I am bored and feel like I might be missing something.;)
 

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I would like to catch more mice. I am bored and feel like I might be missing something.;)
Then get a 15mm TA fork and the adapters for the King front hub. I switch mine back and forth between 9mm and 15mm all the time as I use the wheels on two bikes with the two different forks.

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Then get a 15mm TA fork and the adapters for the King front hub. I switch mine back and forth between 9mm and 15mm all the time as I use the wheels on two bikes with the two different forks.

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Is there a noticeable difference? Is it worth it iyo? Weight increase? Yes..I am a weenie :)
 

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Is there a noticeable difference? Is it worth it iyo? Weight increase? Yes..I am a weenie :)
I've got weenie problems as well - not to worry.

In terms of the actual 15 TA and the hub adapters - it's a wash. There's not going to be a weight gain to speak of between the 9mm skewer and the 9mm adapters on the King hub switching out to the 15mm hub adapters and the TA. And the weight of the actual forks you own and are considering I'm sure are published so you are aware of fork weights (15mm TA fork published weights usually include the actual 15mm TA skewer in the listed weight).

Here's the kit for the King ISO front disc hub and what you unscrew and pull out is about the same in terms of actual weight:



It's hard for me to compare the actual difference out on the trail between the two because I am swapping the wheels from the 9mm over to a 15mm system on two entirely different set ups. The 9mm is a Dos Niner with a Reba Race XC 80mm fork and the 15mm TA is to a Niner RIP 9 with a 120mm Fox FIT fork with tapered steerer.

So, from this....



to this....



....involves a heck of a lot more to describe in feel and performance on the trail than a simple 9mm to 15mm axle swap.:D

I don't have - at least up to this point - any experience on a 15mm TA fork on my Dos Niner to be able to compare for you. That could change, though, if I - like you - decide it's time for a mousetrap change.

The tapered steerer itself and the burly RIP frame are way stiff beyond compare to the noodly older REBA fork with the 1 1/8 steerer tube and fairly flexible Dos Niner frame. But the front wheel holds its line on the RIP with the combination of the 15mm TA, tapered steerer fork/headtube and burly frame. Yet, I don't have any problems holding my line on the Dos Niner with the 9mm set up, flexible fork and frame

That being said, yes - going to 15mm TA with the current hub with a new fork is probably going to be welcomed and felt in terms of off camber situations, cornering and holding a line with the wheel. But are you having trouble with any of that now? My vote, if you were going to change, would be to go whole hog for a tapered steerer frame, a tapered steerer fork and the 15mm TA for an XC bike swap from your current set up. But that's a bit more mousetrap change than you wanted, isn't it....;)

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Thanks for the detailed response.. Sounds like a new mousetrap is in my future. You sir...are an enabler. Shame on you:p

I am currently running a 2010 Lynskey 29er. It is lacking the tapered steer tube. My next purchase will be the whole mousetrap...a carbon one most likely..

Now...I better catch more mice..
 
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