I ride hard-tail cross-country for recreation (Specialized Hardrock with disc brakes). Recently, my fork got damaged and now I am looking for a replacement. My current(now previous) fork has 80mm or 100mm travel, I'm not sure.
My goal is to make the bike a little bit more "down-hilly". I believe that this can be solved by a long-travel fork, for example 140mm. The goal is to both improve the suspension and change the geometry to compensate for the slope of the trail. However I am completely at loss as to how to select a new fork.
- Does the fork travel correlate with the total length of the fork arms?
- What other characteristics are important? There is significant variation in prices, although the longer travel seems to cost more. My target price is about $220