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I just bought an 05 Reba team for my 05 Kikapu Deluxe i am running it with 100mm travel.
Would it be wise to run the longer 115 mm travel?
Those 15 mm will be taken obver by the 20% or 25% sag.
 

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It will void your warranty. Even with the sag, it is still 15mm longer than a 100mm fork. Just to be safe, leave it be. The frame angles on Konas are already pretty slack, so if you were to lay them back anymore, the bike would handle pretty slow.
 

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bikerboy said:
It will void your warranty. Even with the sag, it is still 15mm longer than a 100mm fork. Just to be safe, leave it be. The frame angles on Konas are already pretty slack, so if you were to lay them back anymore, the bike would handle pretty slow.
I don't think it will void the warranty. That's only 15mm more and still a light XC fork. Manufacturers don't make so strict regulations. Check with Kona first!
I saw many guys riding kikapus with 130mm bombers or 120mm blacks, so the reba must be OK. But bikerboy is right, a longer fork will slacken the angles that are already slack. But if you go for the U-Turn version of the reba, you will have adjustable travel of 85-115mm so you are still able to climb any slopes.
 

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I work at a Kona dealer. I did check with Kona just a couple days before this thread showed up. A similar discussion popped up in another thread which made we want to check with Kona to ask on behalf of a good customer of ours who was looking into a new fork. I specifically e-mailed Ed, the warranty man at Kona, and he said anything over what is spec'd on the bike will void the warranty. So, if you are planning on putting a 115 fork on there, you better kiss your warranty goodbye. He also said that even if you have a fork that had adjustable travel such as RockShox U-turn or Manitou's RWDT and you crack your headtube, then no warranty for you, even if you always ran the fork at 105mm or less. By the way, 105mm is the max for a Kikapu since some of the Kiks are spec'd with Marzocchi forks.
 

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How are they going to prove that you ran said fork on the frame? Just replace it with the stock 100mm fork and they'll never know. Does it apply to any other frames?

I'm not saying it's not true, I'm saying it's ridiculous to enforce.
 

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Well, you can try to do that and it will probably work. However, I can tell you that Ed is pretty sly and is great at getting at the truth. Perhaps he has a degree is Bicycle Forensics, haha. Honestly, we have been shot down on warranty because he was able to figure out exactly what happened. Now whether we thought this customer's seatpost wasn't too high (which caused a seattube to split from the top tube) or if another customer's crash wasn't that bad, he always hits the nail on the head as far as what caused the breakage. Just giving fair warning and passing along what he told me. This is always a ride it at your own risk kinda thing.
 

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definitely ok.

I had a 130mm psylo on mine and it felt great, I now have a pike 454 on there and i love it too. If I am doing an extended climb I will turn it down a bit but for the down hills it is sooooo plush. Geometry wise I honestly enjoy it and find the bike still handles great. I ride agressive XC all mountain style.
 
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