Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby psychavoc on Mon 21/Mar/16 3:22pm

As the title says: Are adjustable travel forks still a thing? :eh:

Have a 5" travel bike with 5" travel forks. Love it for all round riding, but am thinking more travel in the front would be good for the more techy stuff (BIG = GOOD?), and adjustable travel would be good to dial back down to 5" for general riding/climbing. Do people still make adjustable travel forks?
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Re: Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby phunk on Mon 21/Mar/16 3:27pm

Fox 36 Talas
RS Pike dual position 130/160

I have the pike on the front of my Reign and leave it on full most of the time, the bike feels weird with it lowered.
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Re: Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby psychavoc on Mon 21/Mar/16 3:28pm

ta phunk :) That'll help with the googling!
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Re: Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby phunk on Mon 21/Mar/16 3:32pm

What bike would they be going on? I ask because most of the travel adjust forks are designed to be run in the full setting most of the time and dropped for steep climbing, whereas it sounds like you would be using them the other way around, dropped for most riding and full for the knarl.
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Re: Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby psychavoc on Mon 21/Mar/16 3:33pm

Juliana Juno :cool: (womens version of the SC Bantam).

If I had more travel, I'd probably use it most of the time on full extension anyway :blush:
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Re: Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby psychavoc on Mon 21/Mar/16 3:37pm

Although looking at the prices of forks alone, maybe I should buy a new bike? :paranoid:
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Re: Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby phunk on Mon 21/Mar/16 3:48pm

Isnt that always the answer?!
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Re: Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby Dougal on Mon 21/Mar/16 7:42pm

I've had adjustable travel forks for ~15 years now and the only time I've wound the forks down was to put the bike inside small cars.

I reckon get a 140mm fork setup for the hard stuff and find a bar position that works as a good compromise both climbing and descending.

The problem with buying a new bike is they usually cheap out on the forks.
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Re: Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby AgrAde on Mon 21/Mar/16 9:53pm

I'd tend to agree with Dougal. Putting your fork up only for the nasty stuff just means that you'll be riding a bike that's taller and more tippy than you're used to, along with an unfamiliar fork. And in the gnar is when you need to be the most in touch with the bike.

140mm with good damping is very, very capable. 130mm with bad damping is horrendous. What's the current fork?
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Re: Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby psychavoc on Mon 21/Mar/16 9:58pm

2014 Rock Shox Sektors from memory. Would prefer a more tuneable fork but didn't really have the money at the time.
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Re: Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Mon 21/Mar/16 10:05pm

I, on the other hand can't live without the Dual Position on my Pikes.
Tried climbing the steep stuff in Worsleys in 160mm mode and the bike is way more of a handful wandering all over the place.
130mm is much better, only have my lack of fitness to blame.

That said, I don't tend to touch the U-Turn on the Sektors on the hardtail, mainly because it's the hardtail.

Are your Sektors air Psych?
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Re: Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby psychavoc on Mon 21/Mar/16 10:08pm

Yup. Air forks with rebound and lockout. 130mm from memory.

Edit: yup. RS Sektor Gold RL 130.
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Re: Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby shmoodiver on Mon 21/Mar/16 10:22pm

Easy and not too pricey mods on that fork. Revelation RCT3 compression damper and dual flow rebound will sort out the damping and that fork will go out to 150mm travels with the removal of the travel spacers... I'd run them at 140mm with the one 10mm spacer in the negative air chamber to up the plushnuss.
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Re: Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby psychavoc on Mon 21/Mar/16 10:29pm

shmoodiver wrote:Easy and not too pricey mods on that fork. Revelation RCT3 compression damper and dual flow rebound will sort out the damping and that fork will go out to 150mm travels with the removal of the travel spacers... I'd run them at 140mm with the one 10mm spacer in the negative air chamber to up the plushnuss.

Thanks schmooo! I'll have a chat to my LBS :)
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Re: Are Adjustable Travel Forks Still A Thing?

Postby shmoodiver on Mon 21/Mar/16 10:35pm

Oh.... Probs about $320 odd for the dampeners
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