Here at Pinkbike, we get inundated with all kinds of questions, ranging from the basic "Can I have stickers" to more in-depth, soul-searching types of queries like if you should pop the question or what to name your first child. Ask Pinkbike is an occasional column where we'll be hand-picking and answering questions that have been keeping readers up at night, although we'll likely steer clear of those last two and keep it more tech oriented.
Over-Forking Geometry ChangesQuestion: @lyfcycles
asks in the All Mountain, Enduro & Cross-Country Forum
: Are there any hard numbers on what over forking a bike by 10mm does to the geometry, HA, BB height, STA etc? I'm looking at picking up a 2020 Top Fuel 8 but immediately replacing the fork. Trek says the frame is designed to be able to take a 130 and since I'm buying a fork anyway I thought maybe I'd get a 34 and just have the air springs for 120 and 130. Just trying to get an idea on how much it is going to slack out the HA and STA mostly.
Long-forking bikes is a common scenario, although, depending on the bike, the geometry changes that arise from it can be good or bad.
Bolts and StuffQuestion: @recklessrye
asks in the Downhill Forum
: Does anyone out there have any clues as to where to find those specific bolts for older bike, without having to call every local bike shop. In particular, I need a rear pivot bolt for a 2006 Norco B-Line. It’s sad because otherwise the bike is in good shape and would be great to save for my youngest son.
Keeping old bikes like this 2006 Norco B-line going is a worthy endeavor, but getting hold of specific parts or hardware can be really tricky with these older generation bikes.
Anti-Squat & Waste of EnergyQuestion: @Will-narayan
asks in the Mechanic's Lounge Forum
: Is having anti-squat as much a waste of energy as pedal bob?
Anti-squat is one way of combating the effects of load transfer when we accelerate, but it does need some energy to do it. But how much energy compared to that lost in suspension bob on a bike with low levels of anti-squat?