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80 mm or 100mm Fox Forks

Leez's picture

By Leez - Posted on 07 May 2010

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.

I have been using Fox 80mm forks for the last couple of years
and I am thinking of getting 100mm forks.
Is it better to buy the Fox 80mm forks with the option
of converting it to 100mm or is it better to get straight 100mm forks?


Fatboy's picture

Even the short track cross country racers use 100mm these days as they are so light so 80mm is becoming a thing of the past. Go the 100mm. I've never known a Fox to use it's full travel anyway so a 100mm really only uses 80mm.

hawkeye's picture

... removing a travel restrictor within the fork. You may already have a 100mm fork hiding inside your 80mm unit. Will depend on the age of your fork model.

Most XC hardtails have 100mm travel these days, the exception being a few 29ers. It will give you a slightly higher head tube and a more relaxed geometry, which seems to be the trend of late anyway. All the better to help you stay rubber side down on tricky technical descents Smiling

Rob's picture

Depends on what your aim is by getting more travel? And what bike will these be going on?

One of the best things that's happened to fork design in recent years is QR15 - get that standard if you can as it's very much stiffer than standard quick release for almost no weight penalty. That is, of course, if you can't find a Lefty Eye-wink

Leez's picture

Hey! thanks for the all helpful responses, the fork I have RL f80mm and I don't think it has any hidden extra travel, but Ill have it checked as that would be great.
The bike I ride is a Giant xtc composite hard tail. The extra travel would be to get over rocks and roots easier when descending single track.
I checked out the QR 15 and lefty forks Rob...those lefty forks look great!: )

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