Mountain Biking - Upgrade a rigid fork? Why?
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04-11-06, 07:20 PM
I'm just wondering the rewards that will be reaped by upgrading a rigid fork to a "more expensive "one. I'm not really sure what constitutes a quality rigid fork outside of differing metal properties. Obviously carbon will deliver weight reduction and imcoolerthanyouium will get the chicks, but what else? Any thoughts?
maybe some rigid forks are stronger than others?
04-11-06, 07:42 PM
Carbon would reduce weight and also absorb some vibrations, cromoly would absorb vibrations also and be more durable, titanium would... be expensive?
There's also suspension corrected ones for frames that were designed for 4+inches of travel, there's different styles, probably some zero offset ones, etc.
And there's ones with disc mounts, V-mounts, both, neither...
04-11-06, 09:23 PM
Okay, I didn't really ask a good question. I have a stock steel fork with an XT vee brake. On my geared bike I have an avid bb7 that is gathering dust and annoying me slightly. I do not NEED to use the disc but I have little desire to run the geared thing anytime in the forseable future. The disc has only a few months of use. The stock fork I own does not have disc compatability. The stock wheels on the rigid are nothing special while the wheels on the geared bike are better quality. Rhyno lites I believe, while these are certainly not the uber wheel, they are better than the stock steel units in place now. I am certain the hub is a notch or two up in quality as well. The wheels are the same age as the disc brake. surely see were I am going with this. . It would be nice to use the parts I paid for more than a month or two, but the XT is really okay. If I buy a fork with disc m I going to see a noticable difference? I most likely will stick with steel 'cause my son needs shoes more than I need shiny bling parts but if there is a noticable difference in upgrading a rigid fork I'll be able to kill a couple of birds with a fork shaped rock... er something like that at any rate. Any suggestions? Riding is strictly "XCish", all single track with some rocks, roots and 1-2 foot drops. Nothing hardcore but I do ride hard at a competent level. If it matters I will be switching from threaded to threadless if I choose to go with a new fork.
I most likely will stick with steel 'cause my son needs shoes more than I need shiny bling parts
What kind of common sense thinking is this!?
anyway, (my opinion) you won't notice any big difference in rigid forks until you start spending a lot more than it sounds like you want too (Vicious, IF, Kelly, etc..). But, if you want to upgrade to disc brakes, Dimension makes a cheap disc fork and so does surly, kona isn't that pricey either. I think a front BB7 is a great thing but that is me.
The pricier steel forks use a better quality steel that, just like higher quality steel frames, give you the feeling of compliance and vibration damping while still retaining a snappy / lively feeling. And they are of course lighter, (and prettier)
04-12-06, 07:36 PM
Roger, 10-4, thanks.
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