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Hello there. Is there is a difference between the standard headtube and tapered on steel frames. Is it worth to upgrade? Thanks.

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Inspired haven't gone with a tapered fork on the Arcade, which should tell you all you need to know really.

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3 minutes ago, Luke Rainbird said:

Inspired haven't gone with a tapered fork on the Arcade, which should tell you all you need to know really.

Yes on 24 wheels. But I'm on 26. 

I do big drops and tons of tricks. I'm 190cm.

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depends what forks you're going to run...steel forks with a tapered steerer are harder to find if you ever went aftermarket plus they're a bit heavier and 1 1/8th is plenty strong in steel. If you want to use alloy, carbon or suspension forks in the future then go with tapered as they're stronger and more common 

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Marino was using a 2 piece fork that consisted of a bonding and a weld at the bottom on his steel forks that kept failing so he did go to tapered head tube on his trials models but has since resolved his issue and the standard forks are now much better. 

I have had last year an issue in communication with Marino and I would avoid ordering a frame off him. After seeing lots of recent posts regarding people buying frames and having a long wait time he has levelled up on my custom frame order. Resulting in my buying a frame elsewhere with the money set aside for him.

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3 hours ago, Ali C said:

depends what forks you're going to run...steel forks with a tapered steerer are harder to find if you ever went aftermarket plus they're a bit heavier and 1 1/8th is plenty strong in steel. If you want to use alloy, carbon or suspension forks in the future then go with tapered as they're stronger and more common 

Marino making tapered forks. I will be using only steel, because of the feel. If I end up buying arcade fork, I will use 1.1/8 tapered 1.5 to 1.1/8 headset. 

1 hour ago, Paperclip said:

Marino was using a 2 piece fork that consisted of a bonding and a weld at the bottom on his steel forks that kept failing so he did go to tapered head tube on his trials models but has since resolved his issue and the standard forks are now much better. 

I have had last year an issue in communication with Marino and I would avoid ordering a frame off him. After seeing lots of recent posts regarding people buying frames and having a long wait time he has levelled up on my custom frame order. Resulting in my buying a frame elsewhere with the money set aside for him.

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I have no other choice. I like 26 wheels and steel 

I hope they levelled up in good. 

Maybe in future inspired will make steel 26 frames/bikes :D

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There’s now also this joker if you think he’ll do a better job of getting responses?

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7 minutes ago, Ross McArthur said:

There’s now also this joker if you think he’ll do a better job of getting responses?

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Oh LAWD.

Is that a geo people want?!
I know I'm not the target but cripes.

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Asked for Arcade geo, and that's what they get... All joking aside, the head angles on mtbs these days are nuts. Pink Bike even had a Alu full sus made with a SUUUUPER slack HA and massive WB, just to see if too far was TOO FAR. Looking fwd to seeing the results of their testing. I air on the conservative mtb geo myself.

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In fairness, they look no less ridiculous than most 1060+ trials bikes. Geometry seems a habit of going nuts.

The Pinkbike film was quite entertaining, especially when he was showing the designs to the factory reps in Taiwan!

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So is that Marino Bikes UK account yours, Ross?  Or are you not really involved with them now?

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I'm not sure who runs that account...

I gave my Vader away to Luke a couple of years ago and that was the last Marino I had. I just had a craving for riding older style alu frames like the Ashtons etc again, and wanted to build them better than I did the first time round.

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There’s one reply to a question on one of the early FB posts by a Luke Pidgeon, not sure whether that’s who’s running it or just a helpful person. 

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On 20/01/2020 at 0:01 PM, Luke Rainbird said:

Inspired haven't gone with a tapered fork on the Arcade, which should tell you all you need to know really.

Tapered legs not steerer, no?

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Well yeah, tapered legs indeed. Not steerer as OP was after though :)

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