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I am running 140mm Pike fork and will swap to 150 airshaft to see how i like it. That will basically change HA by 1 degree from original 130mm

I had kicked around idea of shorter offset fork but that is a pricey project. Lol

I quickly changed to 30mm internal width rimset...Kind of silly they spec’d 25mm stock.
I have a Lyrik fork currently at 160mm which I was gonna reduce to 140mm for my Portal build.
Let me know how the 150mm airshaft changes things.
thanks.
 

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Portal with 150mm up front is good. I run mine in low mode all the time. I only wish the seat angle was bit steeper but I moved the saddle forward a touch to compensate. My jamis dealer friend and riding buddy also preferred 150mm. He had 150 on his first AL portal but now has a stock 130mm carbon build that he wants to go 140 or 150 with.

I've only been on 26mm internal rims on mine (owned before building portal) but I'm still planning on a 2nd wheelset. I'll set my current set up with Barzo/ Mezcal combo for local trail riding and move my Gomas over to a wider set for local bike park and marquette/copper harbor trips (once we can travel again! ) Hopefully I9 enduro if I can sell my hardtail soon to keep the wife from killing me in my sleep. Covid-19 making it hard right now.
 

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Portal with 150mm up front is good. I run mine in low mode all the time. I only wish the seat angle was bit steeper but I moved the saddle forward a touch to compensate. My jamis dealer friend and riding buddy also preferred 150mm. He had 150 on his first AL portal but now has a stock 130mm carbon build that he wants to go 140 or 150 with.

I've only been on 26mm internal rims on mine (owned before building portal) but I'm still planning on a 2nd wheelset. I'll set my current set up with Barzo/ Mezcal combo for local trail riding and move my Gomas over to a wider set for local bike park and marquette/copper harbor trips (once we can travel again! ) Hopefully I9 enduro if I can sell my hardtail soon to keep the wife from killing me in my sleep. Covid-19 making it hard right now.
Thanks for the intel.

I'll be getting the '20 Portal A1 this Spring.
I have a 30mm wheelset w/ fresh Goma tires I'll be using.

I might have Avalanche custom tune a Marzocchi coil shock w/ a progressive spring for me.

I'll report back on the build.
 

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fork offset : 42mm, 44mm and 51mm

I’m running a 180mm on the rear of both my A1 and C1 portals. It fits, although it’s definitely a bit tight with Shimano 4 piston XTs.
Great. Thanks!

For my fork, I'm considering the Pike Ultimate at 150mm.
It comes in a 42mm offset.
I think the stock Fox Rhythm has a 44mm offset.


Before I pull the trigger, does anyone want to talk me out of a 150mm fork for the Portal? Which offset?
I don't think I'll be over-forked w/ my terrain, riding style, weight, etc.

thnx.
 

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Great. Thanks!

For my fork, I'm considering the Pike Ultimate at 150mm.
It comes in a 42mm offset.
I think the stock Fox Rhythm has a 44mm offset.


Before I pull the trigger, does anyone want to talk me out of a 150mm fork for the Portal? Which offset?
I don't think I'll be over-forked w/ my terrain, riding style, weight, etc.

thnx.
I know a guy running a 150mm Fox 34 on his Portal, loves it.
 

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hi! thread seem pretty lazy. but i have some questions regarding reliability of this beatiful suspension. one guy from my local forum wrote that he has issues and almost lost an axle that hold rear shock, axle just unscrew while he riding, of course it was set on blue locktite. but it was 2019 harldine, so it might be an a first year production fault. also he wrote that this metal grommets cut the cable hose. so, somebody have a deal with stuff like this? how it works after a some time? does bearings sealed from mud and water? thx
 

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I can give early impressions after about 100 miles on my '20 Portal A1.
I will post pictures and other thoughts after I'm done upgrading components.

FYI: 200lb rider / size large A1 Portal

Changes I made so far:
- 150mm RS Lyrik fork
- Crankbrothers Highline dropper
- Carbon bar
- Vittoria Goma 2.4 front tire
- Tannus Armour inserts (believe the hype)


Okay, things I'm impressed with...

1. The bike climbs quite well even with a 150mm fork.
3V0 has good pedaling support but is also active.
I've ordered a Cane Creek DBIL coil shock with a progressive spring.
I'll definitely report back when I make that change.

2. The XT brakes.
(I put a 180mm rotor on the rear also)
Nice bite and predictable stopping power every time.

3. The build quality of the DT Swiss M1900 Spline wheels. I put a tension meter on the spokes after a hundred plus miles of rocky New England single track and they're all perfect.


nihil23 mentioned "grommets" cutting into the cable housing.
If you mean the internal routing ports, yes, they are aluminum and have a sharp edge. My housing was chewed up in spots. I replaced mine with V-brake noodle boots.
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My dropper post housing was also rattling around inside the downtube so I cut apart Nerf darts and slid those over the housing to quiet things down.

That's all I can think of right now. I need more time in the saddle.
 

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Hey everyone. New here. I saw the 3VO suspension and it looks awesome. I think I'm getting the Portal C3 when the new ones come out. When I get it I'll want to upgrade the fork so I looked on Fox website at the 34 Factory 140mm. It's asking if I want 44mm rake or 51mm rake. I looked on Jamis website but don't see rake or offset listed. Does anyone know what it comes with stock? Thanks.
 

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Also does this bike come with tubes? @GT Fatty posted he converted to tubeless. I always thought they were tubeless right out of the box.
 

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Hey everyone. New here. I saw the 3VO suspension and it looks awesome. I think I'm getting the Portal C3 when the new ones come out. When I get it I'll want to upgrade the fork so I looked on Fox website at the 34 Factory 140mm. It's asking if I want 44mm rake or 51mm rake. I looked on Jamis website but don't see rake or offset listed. Does anyone know what it comes with stock? Thanks.
i think it comes with the 51mm offset but am not 100% on that. I’m running a 51mm offset Pike 140mm on mine and it’s perfect.

Also does this bike come with tubes? @GT Fatty posted he converted to tubeless. I always thought they were tubeless right out of the box.
Yeah it comes with tubes installed, rims taped, and tubeless valves in the box. This is actually standard on most “tubeless ready” bikes, because tubeless setups don’t like to sit unridden for months on showroom floors, and tend to lose air or have sealant dry up if not being used.
 

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i think it comes with the 51mm offset but am not 100% on that. I’m running a 51mm offset Pike 140mm on mine and it’s perfect.


Yeah it comes with tubes installed, rims taped, and tubeless valves in the box. This is actually standard on most “tubeless ready” bikes, because tubeless setups don’t like to sit unridden for months on showroom floors, and tend to lose air or have sealant dry up if not being used.
Thanks for the info. Now back to the wrestling match of do I want a Portal or a Hardline... They'll be out by December so I'm running out time to decide. I'm only 5'9" so I was leaning toward 27.5 but it looks like all bike companies are headed to 29ers. Plus I mostly ride Allaire in NJ so it's pretty flat. 160mm may be too much travel.
 

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update : coil shock w/ progressive spring

I can give early impressions after about 100 miles on my '20 Portal A1.
I will post pictures and other thoughts after I'm done upgrading components.

FYI: 200lb rider / size large A1 Portal

Changes I made so far:
- 150mm RS Lyrik fork w/ debonair upgrade
- Crankbrothers Highline dropper
- Carbon bar
- Vittoria Goma 2.4 front tire
- Tannus Armour inserts (believe the hype)


Okay, things I'm impressed with...

1. The bike climbs quite well even with a 150mm fork.
3V0 has good pedaling support but is also active.
I've ordered a Cane Creek DBIL coil shock with a progressive spring.
I'll definitely report back when I make that change.

2. The XT brakes.
(I put a 180mm rotor on the rear also)
Nice bite and predictable stopping power every time.

3. The build quality of the DT Swiss M1900 Spline wheels. I put a tension meter on the spokes after a hundred plus miles of rocky New England single track and they're all perfect.


nihil23 mentioned "grommets" cutting into the cable housing.
If you mean the internal routing ports, yes, they are aluminum and have a sharp edge. My housing was chewed up in spots. I replaced mine with V-brake noodle boots.
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My dropper post housing was also rattling around inside the downtube so I cut apart Nerf darts and slid those over the housing to quiet things down.

That's all I can think of right now. I need more time in the saddle.

Thought I'd follow up w/ my Portal build.
I installed that VALT 550# to 670# progressive spring on the CaneCreek DBIL shock.
I'm about 210lbs w/ gear and I'm @ 30% sag with no knob turning! Amazing.
That spring really ramps up when fully compressed but it's not a harsh bottom out like an air spring.
The bike propels forward on the rebound.
I've also noticed less pedal strikes vs the stock air shock. (it never wallows)
The climb switch really stiffens up the rear end. I use it for my 2.5 mile road ride to the trails.


I stripped the white paint from the spring and coated it in acrylic clear coat.
Looks better w/ the raw frame.

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Thought I'd follow up w/ my Portal build.
I installed that VALT 550# to 670# progressive spring on the CaneCreek DBIL shock.
I'm about 210lbs w/ gear and I'm @ 30% sag with no knob turning! Amazing.
That spring really ramps up when fully compressed but it's not a harsh bottom out like an air spring.
The bike propels forward on the rebound.
I've also noticed less pedal strikes vs the stock air shock. (it never wallows)
The climb switch really stiffens up the rear end. I use it for my 2.5 mile road ride to the trails.


I stripped the white paint from the spring and coated it in acrylic clear coat.
Looks better w/ the raw frame.

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Looks great, nice work!
 

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Thanx for this thread and the impressions. If I was going to buy a bike right now, it would definitely be the Portal A1. It has everything I want on it including a standard, threaded BB! Please keep the updates coming.
 
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