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I have a 2002 frame, which to my understanding used the fork with some rake (offset) to it. I have and want to put a 2004 5500 fork (my understanding it is a Bontrager X-Lite fork) on it. It definitely is a "straight" bladed fork.

Is there going to be a difference in the way the 2002 frame rides with the straight bladed fork, when it originally came with an offset fork? I just want to make sure the geometry of the bike will be ok.

thanks for your reply in advance.
 

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I think you should be OK

Evewn though the 2004 fork has straight blades, there is some rake to the fork itself. Lay the fork on a flat surface, and you'll notice that the dropouts are not inline with the steering tube, providing some rake. If you had no rake, it would likely be pretty squirrelly.

As it is, you may notice that the steering is more responsive than with the original fork.
 
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