29er forks on 26?

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Posted: Feb 22, 2012 at 17:45 Quote
would 29er forks work on a 26in bike? like for more travel and what not

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Posted: Feb 22, 2012 at 17:57 Quote
It would work, but there would be no benefit to it at all. It would probably just mess up the bikes geometry and add weight. You would only get more travel if the fork you put on has more travel than the one its replacing. And considering you can get 26" forks with all the way to 8", it would be pointless.

But you could. Its just not a good idea.

Posted: Feb 22, 2012 at 17:58 Quote
You wouldn't get any more travel out of it, if anything you'd get a lot less with a 29er fork.


If you wanna make a 69er then it would work fine, but putting a 29er fork and leaving your 26" wheel on there is just kinda stupid.

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Posted: Feb 23, 2012 at 11:11 Quote
If your doing it in preparation for a 69er conversion, it would be like adding 40-60mm of travel...only you wouldn't have that travel...so it'd suck.

I've got a 29er and I've been following the 140mm+ progression of 29ers, but if your a rider who uses lots of travel, I don't think that the bigger wheel will solve that. There is no replacement for travel when your doing really aggressive riding.

Posted: Feb 23, 2012 at 13:42 Quote
mtb268016 wrote:
would 29er forks work on a 26in bike? like for more travel and what not
100mm travel is 100mm travel, 26" or 29" fork.

But using a 29er fork (with a 26" wheel) will raise the front end by ~35mm compared to the same model/travel 26" fork, and slacken the frame angles by ~2 degrees.
Add a 29er wheel and you double the change.

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Posted: Feb 26, 2012 at 10:45 Quote
You're on here too eh shiggy? And when are you gonna add some more tire reviews to your site ?

Posted: Feb 12, 2017 at 11:20 Quote
I have a 26" L Haro Extreme X2 frame, It was meant to have a fork with 150mm of travel. I have a suntour 29er fork boasting 100mm of travel and a 26" disk wheel set, if less travel is no issue for the user, will the geometry of the bike be changed to the point of distress? Its going to be used for light trail riding in my state of Rhode Island.

Posted: Dec 19, 2020 at 12:31 Quote
This probably sounds really stupid but I have found a 29 fox 40 for a really good price and is there any way I could convert it to 26 while keeping the 200mm travel

Posted: Dec 19, 2020 at 16:28 Quote
Freddiemtb111 wrote:
This probably sounds really stupid but I have found a 29 fox 40 for a really good price and is there any way I could convert it to 26 while keeping the 200mm travel

To cut straight to the point....nope

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Posted: Dec 19, 2020 at 19:09 Quote
You could run it but the offset will be wack

Posted: Dec 20, 2020 at 6:08 Quote
mtb268016 wrote:
would 29er forks work on a 26in bike? like for more travel and what not
yes if it’s a project bike you should do it and make it a mullet but if it’s your only bike don’t bother if you do do it though keep us updated

Posted: Dec 20, 2020 at 6:11 Quote
Freddiemtb111 wrote:
This probably sounds really stupid but I have found a 29 fox 40 for a really good price and is there any way I could convert it to 26 while keeping the 200mm travel
I mean you could get some new lowers but I think you would have to replace the damper air cartridge aswell

Posted: Jan 7, 2022 at 16:29 Quote
If you measure a 26” fox shock with 100 mm travel from crown to axel it’s about 19” And most of the 29“ rigid forks I looked up are about 18.5” so I would say they are closer then you think

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