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    Just browsing through the Ballards webpage, looking through their racing pics from the first round of the AORC and noticed some of their riders are using conventional forks as opposed to upside down ones.

    Anyone know what they're off and why they're doing it. Just curious.

    Here's the link. Think it's the fourth pic down:

    http://www.ballards.cc/Text/1268706013100-0159/

  • #2
    and yet here there are none



    G Ballard i was told uses ttr forks however they would be far removed from standard.
    most likely a personal choice type thing as advantages for both types of forks and would all come down to setup at the end of the day..
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    • #3
      FWIW
      from the 1st link.
      appears so at some time




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      • #4
        looks like shitty conditions maybe the conventional forks were setup for the conditions better.

        It would be the same bike in the pics in the race reports it says that Jess busted her 250 and rode GB's 450 the next day.

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        • #5
          GB was using conventional forks last year at the SA round of the AORC. I asked his mechanic about it and he said that GB prefers these forks on certain tracks. The track that day was sandy and whooped out. To me it looked like it wouldve been a nightmare to ride on that track. Weather conditions were fine. The bike looked kinda tough with the old forks on it.

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          • #6
            i also read where they run a wr fork leg on one side and a yz forkleg the otherside
            Formally YZ426F rocket

            gone gone yz/wr250 2st gone yz426f +06yz250 gone after breakin leg on it^lol current 07 crf250x

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            • #7
              i would say the mud ..

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              • #8
                There was an interview with Ballard and his mechanic last year and they both said that he uses the TTR250 fork on his bike (with work done to it) as it likes it over the USD that is standard. The team use it on some of the other bikes as well.
                390 Berg

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                • #9
                  Ben Burrell rode a lowered bike (WR250F) due to his young age and shorter stature. This was via shorter forks from a TTR and a lowering link, last year. Read about it in an article in Trailbike Adventure magazine. Now not needed so back to normal.

                  Cheers
                  Last edited by Low Voltage; 11-04-2010, 06:50 PM. Reason: spelling

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                  • #10
                    There was a thread a while ago in the Terry hay section where he says that for enduro, conventional forks are superior to upside down forks but they don't sell.
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                    • #11
                      GB used them at the 4day too, every race i have seen him at for the past 2 years he has. They offer more flex than the stockers aswell as a different action, more plush in the initial stroke, well my 45mm zoch's that Ballards used to sell years ago i used on my 2-stroke YZ's for Finke did anyway.
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                      • #12
                        Ben Burrel was using them, but had USD forks for the 4day, and Jess Gardiner had conventional forks on her WR at the 4day...
                        Somebody said Ben Burrel told them he went back to the USD forks as the conventionals were not as good when pushing really hard.....
                        The conventional forks did not hold Jess or GB back anyway!

                        I rode with Jess for a while at the end of day 1... she was looking good to me:grinning-
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                        • #13
                          I asked GB about them at last years AORC Cherrabah. He said it was a psychological tool.

                          Stefan Merriman reckoned that Geoff likes the flex, offering a bit more give in the rough stuff, and being a bit more supple at the top of the stroke.

                          Either way, that's a hell of a collar in there. Note also how low the fork tube is in the clamp.



                          Part of me wants to put the lovely gold USD Showas on the XR, the other part says go for the 45C Zokes. A mate has a pair stashed away that he will sell me. Best part is, just gotta get the stock clamps machined out from 43 to 45mm, and the rest bolts straight on.
                          What do you blokes reckon? Anyone know which forks are heavier? Also, conventionals would be more 'top' heavy, right?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Kero View Post

                            Part of me wants to put the lovely gold USD Showas on the XR, the other part says go for the 45C Zokes. A mate has a pair stashed away that he will sell me. Best part is, just gotta get the stock clamps machined out from 43 to 45mm, and the rest bolts straight on.
                            What do you blokes reckon? Anyone know which forks are heavier? Also, conventionals would be more 'top' heavy, right?
                            Kero WP 50ml extremes Rock apparently I can tweak them to be even better.. (but I like them as they are so much I don't wanna fix what's not broken)

                            No USD's have are as good as the 50ml yet,, that I have ridden anyway..
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                            • #15
                              I've got a mate with the 50mm C's on his old Gas Gas, reckons he'll swap me for some USD's (after I buy the USD's).
                              Seen here on the black bike....



                              Some early 90's model forks should seal the deal, right?
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