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I just purchased an unfinished chopper project. It needs a front end, but I have a question.

The frame is hardtail, 10in downtube stretch, 5in backbone stretch and 42 degree frame rake. The seller said it's set up for a 12in over front end but didn't need a raked triple tree. I was under the belief that a 42in raked frame requires a raked triple tree (6 degrees plus or minus) in order to meet appropriate trail numbers for handling. Am I wrong here or missing something?

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You're right. You'd get a better handling bike if you used raked tress. I also don't think a 12 over set of forks will be long enough with that much up stretch and neck rake.
 
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