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Hey guys I have a new 2005 Giant Rainier frame I am looking to put a front fork on and I have a question for you. The stock bike uses a fork with 100mm travel and I have a chance to get a good deal on a Manitou Skareb with only 80mm of travel. I would like to know if anyone can tell me rather or not this fork would work well with this frame.

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The choice really is yours. i havent heard much on the skareb. All i can really tell you is that if you mainly do XC, it would work better because it will lower the front of the bike and chew up single track really good. What are finally trickling down are forks that can adjust their amount of travel(the Tora U-turn and the MXcomp to name a few cheap ones). going with the skareb does mean that you will have less travel though.
 

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Downeaster said:
Hey guys I have a new 2005 Giant Rainier frame I am looking to put a front fork on and I have a question for you. The stock bike uses a fork with 100mm travel and I have a chance to get a good deal on a Manitou Skareb with only 80mm of travel. I would like to know if anyone can tell me rather or not this fork would work well with this frame.

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One idea you can do is check Giant website and see which forks they offer for that frame. I think that they have a same frame and they change the name for different equipment levels.

Using less travel, in a general way, lowers the bottom bracket height, steepens the headtube and seattube angle. This will make a bike more nimble, or fast moving. It depends on the trail you want to do. If you like climbing, it could help, but if you live for the decent, stick with the 100mm fork. Which fork does it has?
 

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Rzozaya1969,

Right now it has no fork. I bought just the frame and am building it up from scratch. My riding is pretty mundane with no fancy stuff, mostly ride xc on pretty decent trails and a bunch of riding on dirt track fire roads.
 

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Stick with 100mm

I would stick with 100mm, unless you can find an 80mm travel fork that has the same axle to crown measurements as a 100mm fork. Lose too much on the front end and the geometry change will make you feel like you're going over the bars all the time.

Just my thoughts.

Bob
 

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Thanks for the advice, I guess I will try and find a decent 100mm fork. Any advice out there for what to look for?

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Thanks for the advice, I guess I will try and find a decent 100mm fork. Any advice out there for what to look for?

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What's your budget? I think that a Rockshock Reba, Fox Float are good options, and probably should be around 400-500. Some stores have a Fox Vanilla by 250-300.

http://www.speedgoat.com/product.asp?part=115590

It's a 130mm fork, but I think you can put a reducer to have 100mm. It's around 300 bucks :)

Search some other sites, probably you can find something sweet :)
 
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