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Old 10-16-19, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by kirby999 View Post
Anyone ever setup a Roll for trail riding ?
I just ordered myself a Roll Comp X1 today and intend on building it up as a "backwoods comfort" bike to cruise the wooded trails and rails-to-trails routes with my wife and dog. The only thing I'm changing about it is the wheels for some Continental DoubleFighter III in 27.5x2 and adding a Suntour XCR Lo R Coil front suspension fork, they have a 25% off fall sale right now.
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Originally Posted by wyd View Post
...local rail trail and take it for it's first ride. Weather permitting should be doing a 23 mile ride on it. Right now the weather is looking good.
City of Champi-yinz, eh? We've got a lovely rail trail! I can't wait to get my Roll in hopefully next week and take it out as well!
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Old 10-16-19, 06:23 PM
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The only thing I'm changing about it is ... adding a Suntour XCR Lo R Coil front suspension fork, they have a 25% off fall sale right now.
I suggest proceeding with caution on this. The Roll's frame is designed for a shorter (rigid) fork, and the head tube and seat tube angles are already pretty slack/relaxed on this bike. Lengthening the fork by what will amount to 2-3 inches will really raise the front of the frame up and lay your tube angles back even further. It may ride a little strange after this. Note that you may also need to lengthen the front brake line by a few inches.

If you want a front suspension, have you considered the Specialized Crosstrail? You could set one of these up to have an upright riding position, but the frame is designed from the start for a suspension fork.
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Old 10-16-19, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
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I suggest proceeding with caution on this. The Roll's frame is designed for a shorter (rigid) fork, and the head tube and seat tube angles are already pretty slack/relaxed on this bike. Lengthening the fork by what will amount to 2-3 inches will really raise the front of the frame up and lay your tube angles back even further. It may ride a little strange after this...
Thank you for reaching out! Is there a fork out there that might work better than the XCR 32 LO? We ride a lot of uneven terrain and I'd like to have something to smooth it all out instead of relying on the tire volume.
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Old 10-16-19, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by 2skies View Post
I just ordered myself a Roll Comp X1 today and intend on building it up as a "backwoods comfort" bike to cruise the wooded trails and rails-to-trails routes with my wife and dog. The only thing I'm changing about it is the wheels for some Continental DoubleFighter III in 27.5x2 and adding a Suntour XCR Lo R Coil front suspension fork, they have a 25% off fall sale right now.
With the 650x2.3 tires , they are balloon type . Lowering the tire pressure to around 35-40 psi they would cushion your ride on trails . If you could find some plus tires , you wouldn’t need a front suspension for mild trail riding .
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Originally Posted by 2skies View Post
Thank you for reaching out! Is there a fork out there that might work better than the XCR 32 LO? We ride a lot of uneven terrain and I'd like to have something to smooth it all out instead of relying on the tire volume.
The XCR 32 fork is a decent quality fork -- the brand or model of fork is not really the issue; it's the increase in length due to the suspension design, and its effect on frame geometry, that has the potential to change the way the bike rides. Note that some riders are more sensitive to that sort of thing than others -- it may not be something you would notice (or it might be).

If you anticipate riding a lot of terrain where you really want a suspension fork, I might suggest looking into something like a hardtail mountain bike (hardtail = suspension fork, with a rigid rear frame). In the Specialized world, something like a Rockhopper or Pitch might be a good choice. I think the primary difference is the Rockhopper uses 622mm wheels (often called 29") and the Pitch, like the Roll, uses 584mm wheels (often called 27.5"). They offer 80-100mm of fork travel (and their frames are designed for that fork). The Pitch expert uses the XCR 32 fork you're considering for your Roll.

Just a thought.
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Old 10-17-19, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by 2skies View Post
Thank you for reaching out! Is there a fork out there that might work better than the XCR 32 LO? We ride a lot of uneven terrain and I'd like to have something to smooth it all out instead of relying on the tire volume.
There are tons of better MTB forks out there, but they usually are also much more expensive. For something comparably priced you might want to look into the air sprung Suntour forks, like XCR Air and Raidon. But as said before, any suspension fork will raise the front end and thus affect handling.
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
The XCR 32 fork is a decent quality fork -- the brand or model of fork is not really the issue; it's the increase in length due to the suspension design, and its effect on frame geometry, that has the potential to change the way the bike rides. Note that some riders are more sensitive to that sort of thing than others -- it may not be something you would notice (or it might be).

If you anticipate riding a lot of terrain where you really want a suspension fork, I might suggest looking into something like a hardtail mountain bike (hardtail = suspension fork, with a rigid rear frame). In the Specialized world, something like a Rockhopper or Pitch might be a good choice. I think the primary difference is the Rockhopper uses 622mm wheels (often called 29") and the Pitch, like the Roll, uses 584mm wheels (often called 27.5"). They offer 80-100mm of fork travel (and their frames are designed for that fork). The Pitch expert uses the XCR 32 fork you're considering for your Roll.

Just a thought.
This is what I did . I bought a Rockhopper and raised the handlebars to a comfortable level . Makes a nice comfortable riding all terrain bike . I would have liked to have used a set of Specialized Roll handlebars , but I havenít found them for sale yet .
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