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I've been riding my 18" Jabber for about four weeks, previously on a Rita 29er and Monocog 29er. I like my Jabber for the stability and ride feel, but it's a real slow turner, serious head wagger. I'm running the 2007 Reba SL from my Rita, I think it's a 38mm offset, have it set at 100mm, so that is probably part of the problem.

This morning I was riding with a buddy and switched bikes for a while, rode his Badger 29er and man what a huge difference. The Badger was quick-quick, sorta reminded me of the Monocog. He's running the same fork set up, but of course the Badger geometry is different.

So my question is this: Will reducing my Reba to 80mm really change that much? If not, then how much quicker can I get the handling if I was to invest in a newer 42-46mm offset fork like the Fox, Manitou, or WB?

I wanna like the Jabber, but it is way to slacker for me at this point, and it's so beautiful, it's ORANGE :)

Thanks for the feedback, I think I'll reduce the fork to 80mm, then wait on a Fox or maybe the Reba Uturn :thumbsup:

Here's my new baby! I went out to Colorado for two weeks of backcountry skiing earlier this month, the Jabber was my ticket to ride when I got to a closed FS road out behind Crested Butte. Gears would have been nice for the steeper hills, try standing to crank with fifty pounds on your back!!

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I have two Jabbers and an Optimus (same geometry) and they all are quick turners but........ I ride them rigid. I am not to familiar with how a squishy fork affects the Jabber geometry in 80mm vs 100mm but I would be suspect of the fork especially in 100mm. The frame is designed for a 80mm fork. Running it with a 100mm one should slow the steering down.

At any rate, it won't cost you anything other than time to try your Reba in 80mm and see what happens.
 

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I run my Jabber rigid as well [on an ODIS], and it seems plenty quick to me. The frame geometry is made for an 80mm fork, so that may be why. Try using a 80mm fork instead, see if that makes a difference.
 

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Ditto on everything that's been said. Probably mostly due to the fact that you've got the fork a tad long. I run a White Brother's Rock Solid and have nothing but good things to say about the handling.

The offset is also much lower than the 45mm offset that the ODIS fork has which seems to be the preferred set-up for these frames.
 
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