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.
Do I Want a Reduced Offset Fork?Question:
Pinkbike user @Shep77
asked this question in the Bikes, Parts & Gear forum
: I have a 2016 Orbea Occam AM (140mm travel front and rear, 27.5). For 2018, they changed to a 150mm-travel fork and the head-angle went from 67 degrees to 66.5. The bikes which are using a low-offset fork for 2018, such as the Orbea Rallon and Transition full-springers, appear to have head-angles of 66 or less. Now that Rockshox has announced commercial availability of their low-offset Lyrik and Yari, I have been thinking about updating my fork to a 150mm, and going with the low-offset option. It might take an angle-set headset in order to get that last 1 degree of rake to really take advantage of a low-offset fork.
My question is, are there any other geometry measurements which I should look at before deciding this is a worth-while experiment. The bike currently has a Boost rear end, but a non-Boost fork, so it's difficult to upgrade wheelsets. This is another motivator to update the fork.
Enduro Helmet for Downhill?Question:
Pinkbike user @DirtJumpKitty
asked this question in the Downhill:
The Fox Proframe helmet has caught my eye for some time but I'm not sure if it's up to par for DH riding, even though it's "DH certified."
I just got into DH last year. I would say I'm an intermediate level rider and do have some good crashes (so don't want the helmet to break on the first fall). I mostly ride the Blue Mountain Bike Park (Ontario, CAN) and planning to go to Whistler this year.
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