If you change the fork travel length from what the manufacture has on the bike does it affect ride safety etc?
On the Ask a cycling coach episode 214 @Jonathan and the team talked about possibly changing the fork travel on his bike for the Leadville race.
I’m considering changing from a 2016 Stumpjumper comp carbon with 140 fork travel and 67.5 head angle to a Epic Evo 120 fork travel and 68.5 head angle. Well actually I will keep the Stumpy but want the Epic EVO.
My LBS owner and friend said that with the change in head angle and 120mm fork you wouldn’t know the difference from a standard Epic frame with a 69 head angle if you added 120mm fork.
Is this true that one would not know the difference between 69 degree Head angle versus a 68.5 head angle with a 120mm fork? I Don’t like the color on the EPIC EVO and might consider building out a frame of a traditional EPIC to the specs of and EPIC EVO.
What say you?