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You can look at it a few ways. One is: why not buy a bike that comes with a longer travel fork to begin with? Say instead of over-forking a Tallboy, get a Hightower?
On the other hand, I have done it plenty in the past, when bikes with a bit more travel up front and slack head angles were hard to find.
As a taller rider, the problem for me with over-forking is that is worsens many geo issues that are already bad for us:
* Shortens reach even more
* Slackens the seat tube angle even more
* Lengthens front center leading to even more rear biased weight distribution
For short riders the latter is possibly a benefit, but other issues are problematic:
* Raises Bottom bracket
* Raises stack
Of course, all of these changes depend on the starting geometry. If you have a bike with low BB, steep HA and SA and long chainstays, it seems like a no brainer.
My thought is that geometry is king. A bit shorter or longer travel is less important than having the right geometry for _you_. So use what ever combination of wheel size, fork travel, head angle and eccentric shock bushings works to get the geometry where you want it, and don’t sweat about a bit longer or shorter travel.
This view might be biased by being 6’5”, where it is hard to find good geo bikes. The same I am sure holds true for super short riders. People in the middle of the bell curve are more used to being able to choose a perfectly fitting and handling bike, so they probably assign more importance to the amount of travel.
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