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The time has come to upgrade my frame. Here are my thoughts/preferences...

Right now, I'm primarily debating between the two Tituses; the Racer X and the 100 model. How do they compare to the hammer head 100x and the turner? Should I or should I not get a 100mm travel fork?

I live in southwest MI. Any comments/ suggestions are very much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
 

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Agree with Axe on the fork. If it's not a dedicated race bike, go with a 4" fork. The front travel is more critical than the rear. It doesn't make much sense to spend big bucks on a new frame that is limited to only minimum travel forks. The 4" fork is a much better balance for the RX anyway. That's why the RX-100 is selling like hot cakes.

Between the RX-100 and HH, they are pretty close because they are overall the same design and both built by Titus. A few differences though. The HH has extra gusset, straight gauge downtube, slightly higher bottom bracket for more pedal clearance, and more sloping top tube for extra standover. The RX-100 is a bit more XC oriented and the HH a bit more trail bike oriented. The main difference is the sizes. If one fits better than the other, go with what fits.

The Burner is a killer deal right now. It's a little heavier, a little more neutral handling, has coil shock option and I'm sure a damn nice ride. Considering is half the price, it would be hard to say no to this one. Again though, fit is the key to the "best" bike. The other thing is the availability. The Burners are closeouts ready for immediate shipment. The RX-100 or HH are usually sold before the are even produced so might be a couple months before you can get your hands on one.
 

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As others have said, get the bikes designed for the 100mm fork. They really don't bob more than the 80mm forks and the extra travel is well worth it. Also as others have noted, it is near impossible to find good 80mm forks now.
 

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Ice,

I'm in Kalamazoo. I used to own a Hammerhead 100x, GREAT bike for michigan. Unless you race all the time, I'd suggest it for Michigan wholeheartily.

Great bike for Custer, yankee, TK, and most all the other trails in MIchigan. Feel free to drop me a message if you want to talk more in depth. 100mm up front is just right in my opinion.
 

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I've been riding with a 70 mm travel headshock so I figured 80 would be enough and I like the sharp steering of a short travel fork...But I don't race all the time and some of the trails here are getting really rough so I will take your collective advice.
 
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