I'm looking for feedback from people that have run the EPO with a 120mm fork. I've spent the winter on a rigid 29er with a 71 degree head angle, so I'm looking for something that handles tighter trails and climbs a little better than the way I have the bike set up now (riser bar; 130mm fork). I don't mind a little sketch at high speeds. Haha. I'm trying to create more of a hard-charging XC marathon bike.
I tried to singlespeed mine, but couldnt tension the chain without the stays getting in the way. Is was attemping 32x18 which is my preferred for a 29er (32x16 on a 26er) -- what gearing are you using, and is it with a half-link? I prefer normal chain so you can run anti-drop front chainring.
Thanks for the reply. I ended up going from a 50 to 60mm stem with a flat Renthal bar. That helped a bit, but adjusting the seat to a more comfortable position (further back) still leaves me with some challenges on our numerous straight-up climbs around here. Leaves me wishing for the adjustable chainstays of my old Honzo.I initially build mine with 120mm Fox 32. but handling was kinda weird. I went to 130mm and handling better both down and UP! On tight UP switchbacks it seemed better with the longer fork - I dont know why! I ride size L, with Thomson setback s-post, 60mm stem and 730mm bars - used it a lot for marathon and multi-day stage races, light and forgiving in the descents when you are tired out (you can take rubbish line choices at high speed!)
So I way preferred the handling with 130mm than with 120mm and have used it for quite a few marathon races
My covid EPO rebuild is finally done. Kind of a budget build. Some parts from my stash, some used stuff, some new stuff from china. Got the longest a2c rigid fork I could find. Built up some new nextie rims with a hope rear hub and a novatec front. 2.6 front tire, 2.4 rear. 1x10 with new slx cranks and brakes. Fun wheelie bike for the more mild trails in my area.:thumbsup:
Ebay. But the seller is no longer a registered user. They had a run of negative feedback and claims because of the spring shipping delays so they just killed the account. I kept the faith and it did eventually show up. It's got more offset and length than any of the other forks I found. There are other ones that look similar but I can't find any other sellers that have this exact one.Where did you find that fork?
That was geared 28x22 for that ride. Whipperman 9-speed chain and SRAM steel narrow-wide chainring. No half-link needed with the tensioner, but I do have different pulley diameters to take up the slack that the tensioner adjustment can't manage.I tried to singlespeed mine, but couldnt tension the chain without the stays getting in the way. Is was attemping 32x18 which is my preferred for a 29er (32x16 on a 26er) -- what gearing are you using, and is it with a half-link? I prefer normal chain so you can run anti-drop front chainring.