Down The Trail
3-inch-travel forks rule the trails
In the February 1996 issue we put two of the most progressive suspension forks head to head. We dubbed the story “Long Travel Forks Are Here to Stay.” Our prediction proved right, and the 3-inch-travel forks that were “long travel” at the time paved the way for the ones we ride today.
The story: The Marzocchi DH-3 and RockShox DH Go Head To Head
What MBA said in 1996: Suspension designers are no longer shy about pushing the limits of travel. No one will be pinned down saying 2 inches of travel is “correct” for cross-country and 3 inches is for the gravity crowd. Downhill forks are not as downhill specific as they once were.
The experiment: Sure, there were double-crown, 6-inch-travel, 5-pound forks that no self-respecting cross-country rider would dream of using at the time; however, the MBA test crew took the newest long-travel, single-crown DH forks and mounted them to cross-country bikes to see if long-travel forks could be the wave of the future for a wider segment of riders.
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