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the best was to lower a bike for a shorter rider?

Discussion in 'Modifications and Projects' started by GoTeam, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. I'd like some advice on which is the better option for lowering a bike so that it still handles about the same as it does now.

    Option A: get a lowering kit to drop the back end by 30mm then push the forks through to lower the front by 10mm

    Option B: have the front (shorter spring in forks) and back lowered at a suspension place by 25mm

    This is a modification for a shorter rider and not for the track. Which would be the better option? In real terms, would there be much difference in handling between the two?
  2. PM answered. :)
  3. Thanks Seany. :)
  4. You can often get a similar effective reduction in height by having the seat reshaped and reupholstered. 25 to 30 mm is easy to lose this way and has no implications for the handling of the bike.
  5. Thanks. That may be the best option to try first after reading what Seany had to say about lowering the bike (closer to the road when leaning a lot which results in risk of touching down where it isn't meant to then coming off).
  6. Let the air out of the tyres.