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I need to order my fork and have it down to 3. I really want to slacken the head angle just a tad based on my riding the same bike (XL Sultan DW) )with a Reba 120mm. I always seem to over fork my bike and am trying to go conservative this build. I like all the adjust ability of the FOX. Mentally I want to slacken the bike. Im just not hearing much good about the Marzocchi Micro Ti 44, so I didnt want to chance it.


1- Fox F29 120mm - FIT or Open Bath?

2 - White Brother Fluid-29 135 (A-C ~535mm)

3 - White Brothers Fluid-29 150 setup as a 135 with A-C ~546mm The bonus here is a super stiff fork but slightly longer A-C than the 135 and about 1/2# heavier.
 

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I have had both the WB forks, and a 2008 100mm Fox.

I would choose the Reba 120 over all those for sure for a Sultan. Maybe the 120mm Fox is killer, but I have not tried it. Sorry I can't be of more help.
 

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how about a reba 120mm with a 7mm ventana crown race thingie that will slacken the bike a bit? also, aren't the rebas taller than the 120mm fox forks?-
 

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wilks said:
how about a reba 120mm with a 7mm ventana crown race thingie that will slacken the bike a bit? also, aren't the rebas taller than the 120mm fox forks?-
hmm, I knew this would happen..good thought..

Im 220lbs-ish and wanted very stiff fork, I found the Reba to work great but flexy, thats why Im leaning towards the above....again this could be my mental block...and too much e-riding..
 

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I had the same thoughts for my XL DW Sultan (wanted slacker and higher BB). I went with the Cane Creek S3 +5mm headset, and the Manitou Drake 120 (which was OK before, but excellent now with the Absolute+ damper upgrade, and still <$300).

A2C heights:
Fox 120: 521mm
RS 120: 526mm
Manitou 120: 530mm

Here's an admittedly terrible phone shot from an ~3.5' drop, yesterday. I'm only 6'-3", but it looks like a BMX frame. Notice the rear fender in my pack, that broke off on the previous drop. We take what we can get here in the PNW in December.
 

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RipRoar said:
man it does look small...DT was leaning me toward an XXL but I decided on the XL...Im 6'4
I've got a real short torso for my height and like a fairly upright position, so the XL top tube length (shorter than the V1 bikes) with a 90mm stem and zero-setback GD post worked out really well. If your torso is long and you like a more XC position, the XXL top tube length might be better.
 

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RipRoar said:
hmm, I knew this would happen..good thought..

Im 220lbs-ish and wanted very stiff fork, I found the Reba to work great but flexy, thats why Im leaning towards the above....again this could be my mental block...and too much e-riding..
It sounds like the Reba you tested was a QR version. Look at The 20mm maxle light it's stiffer than a schoolboy on a prom night and a little taller than the 15mm TA Fox.
 

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RipRoar said:
It actually was the Maxle, but the flex was fore/aft that I didnt like.

Discussed here: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=568798

Gotta make a call on this soon. At least I finally decided on cranks and wheels!
Okay, I see what you want. Yes, the 150 shortened to 135 would be much stiffer than the Reba. The 150 at 150 is noticeably stiffer than the 120 Reba. and I am a bit lighter than you.

Or.... get a Dorado and limit the travel:)
 
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