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.
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?