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Was wondering if anyone has tried a 26in rigid fork, a2c of 440-445mm, on the front of 29er a slotted Inbred, and running it as a full 29er, ala the Ragley TD-1?? As opposed to running a 29er rigid fork, a2c of 470mm...

Will this work or will this make the front very twitchy?
 

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brant said:
Would work great as a road bike.
Time trial bike, you mean? The seat tube tilts along with the head tube.

Will be a fun bike.

Road geometry is not even practical for road riding. Look at them crashing without chance of recovery.
 

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Flyer said:
It would work fine till you endo violently . It is quick enough with the 29er fork.
With the proper geo the timing should be spot on imo.

My first experience with a 29 front was a 69r I put an 80mm Reba on my Kona Explosif totally choppered out rode only OK.

I had a VooDoo hard tail with the Reba but it broke and the replacement was a Canzo FS that was meant to have a 100mm so I upped it. It definitely rode better with the proper fork length.

Currently riding a Gunnar that is designed around 80mm I tried it with the 100mm but it just didn't feel right. I got a funny quizzical look from the shop guy when I said I wanted to shorten the travel on my fork. All I had to say is that is what the bike is meant to have and he got it.

IMO you really want to have the right fork for the bike.
 

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Cloxxki said:
Time trial bike, you mean? The seat tube tilts along with the head tube.

Will be a fun bike.

Road geometry is not even practical for road riding. Look at them crashing without chance of recovery.
I totally agree I haven't had a road bike for years and I really have no desire to ever have one again.

I did figure out that I can squeeze a 700x45c tire into the back of my Kona Explosif mentioned above. I put a Surly 26" fork on it to get the proper geo with a similar tire on the front it makes a great comfort bike. I think of it as a CX bike with XC geo fast rolling tall skinny tires like a CX bike but with a more up right XC goe.
 

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Flyer said:
It would work fine till you endo violently . It is quick enough with the 29er fork.
A friend just did that in a race a few weekends ago. He was riding an Inbred with a 26" On-One carbon fork (he bought the wrong size by accident and decided to go with it anyway.) As he was flying off his bike getting ready to land and bruise his ribs, he might have been thinking that it was not such a good idea!
 

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this is how i first built up my 29er with a 440 ac fork
pedals were a bit low and angles were a bit to steep on the bumpy stuff but it rode very nice on the road
 
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