I've got a '95ish Rocky Mountain Fusion with a '98ish Rockshox Judy Something front fork that bottoms out over the slightest of bumps. The truth is that the suspension fork was a mistake, as I use the bike almost exclusively for commuting on pavement. (Infact the same could be said of the whole bike, but it was free.) I would like to replace the fork with a rigid fork and just wanted to touch base with veterans of this procedure. The fork is a conventional threadless model and I have yet to track down a replacement.
I've never replaced a fork before (the LBS swapped them before), but I have no problems repacking hubs, overhauling brakes and deraillers, and even repacking bottom brackets. Perhaps this is something that really requires a LBS? If not, are there any tricks or tips I should know about.
Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Hase Kettweisel Tandem (redundent recumbent), Merin Bear Valley (The gopher).
It's not a difficult job but there are lots of places to screw it up if you're not careful. For example, you can cut the steerer tube too short or you could bugger up the seal for the bottom of your headset. The most difficult parts are getting the crown race off of your old fork and setting the star nut straight. Neither is really that hard to do, but you need to be thinking about what you are doing. Don't break out the beer until after the job has been completed.