Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Bikes: 1990 Burley Bossa Nova, 1992 Paramount PDG-70, 1993 Specialized Stumpjumper, 2005 Jamis Dakar XC Pro, 2007 Rivendell Bleriot
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The Norco Bigfoot was a good solid entry-level bike. Do you have any idea what year yours is from?
If it's more than 10 or 12 years old, it may have a 1" headset, which means that finding a suspension fork for it today will be difficult (modern forks are almost exclusively 1 1/8").
Generally, the older the bike, the shorter the fork it is designed for. If it's 1993-ish or earlier, it's probably designed for a rigid fork (the shortest). After that, it's probably designed for suspension, but for most of the '90s fork travel was quite short, meaning the forks themselves were shorter.
Putting a long fork on a bike designed for a shorter one is not the end of the world, but it can sometimes make handling sluggish at slow speeds (of course, suspension helps you go faster, but still...)
A couple good photos would help date the bike.
As for pedals, I think you might have your terminology mixed up. The 'small pedals with mechanisms' and known as clipless. The ones that have cages ('clips') and straps are NOT clipless.. they are just regular pedals.
Personally i love clipless pedals but they do take some getting used to (ie. some crashing before you get the 'clip out' instinct