I've been using a Marin Muirwoods as a touring bike for a few years now. Mainly on roads, but also on gravel tracks and single track.
I have considered upgrading to a disk brake/9 or 10 speed bike...however, I like the steel frame, and the mechanical simplicity of the Marin. Also, the wheels have DT Swiss Alpine 3 spokes and simple Deore hubs...making it a pretty bomb proof setup.
With all that said, I've just booked to go to NZ to do a 3000km north to south bike packing trail. I could do it without suspension....but, I've been toying with the idea of adding some to make the going easier.
The most suitable fork is the coil spring Rockshox 30TK which has 100mm of travel. The Marin by design would seem to have space for an 80mm fork without affecting geometry.
So my question - is adding a 100mm fork going to work...
I've added some before and after pictures with spacers showing what the bike would look like with the fork installed...
(I can't ride it like that unfortunately...hence this question)