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Here's the dealio:

I have a Sherman Firefly on my Fuel 95... mainly because the other fork that came on teh Fuel blew, and I broke it 3 times all within one month. Therefore, Answer sent me a Sherman which certainly hasen't broken.

Only thing is... its a 6 inch fork on a 3 inch bike.

The Liquid I have now has a Black on it, and I think it will fit the Fuel nicely. Therefore I will make a fork swap, Black on the Fuel and Sherman on the Liquid.

Make sense? lol

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Swap em!

The Sherman would work muuuch better on the liquid (I think it came on some models) and the black would be better on on the fuel, especially if it has the RTWD option.
 

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Yikes...

...and do it quickly. ;)

A 6 inch fork on a fuel is a frame failure waiting to happen, if you ride pretty hard.

A buddy of mine found out the hard way this very lesson. He was running a Nixon on his NRS... on rock garden infested PA trails. He's 220lb+. He went down pretty hard when the downtube broke just behind the headtube.

The giant dealer wouldn't warranty the frame because of: "Improper choice of fork, leading to excess forces on the frame."
 

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BusterKreaton said:
...and do it quickly. ;)

A 6 inch fork on a fuel is a frame failure waiting to happen, if you ride pretty hard.

A buddy of mine found out the hard way this very lesson. He was running a Nixon on his NRS... on rock garden infested PA trails. He's 220lb+. He went down pretty hard when the downtube broke just behind the headtube.

The giant dealer wouldn't warranty the frame because of: "Improper choice of fork, leading to excess forces on the frame."
true...

but the Black is a 5 inch anyway... so I'm wondering how much of a difference it will make.

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Not quite

The Black can be as much as a 4.7" fork but the models with RTWD can be run as a 4" fork which is far better and safer than a 6" fork for a Fuel. If I was running a Fuel I'd run a 4" fork to raise the front and slacken the angles a bit but that's a personal thing.
 

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Asking for trouble.

If Answer sent you the sherman, I guarantee that you did not tell them it was going on a Fuel.

You are tempting fate by running this setup.
 

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damion said:
If Answer sent you the sherman, I guarantee that you did not tell them it was going on a Fuel.

You are tempting fate by running this setup.
Manitou did suggest the Sherman for the Fuel. I told them I had a Trek Fuel ZR9000 and they said it would be fine. What I did notice is that the Sherman can drop down to about a 4-inch travel mode, but it doesn't work right.

You were saying that you can lower the travel on the Black?

Here's the two bikes.

<img src="https://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c121/Sick_Purple_Liquid/BIkepictures013.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com">

<img src="https://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c121/Sick_Purple_Liquid/BIkepictures019.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com">
 
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