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    Going "Old School" sorta. Opinions needed

    Today I rode a GT "Peace 9er", 29" mountain bike and REALLY enjoyed it. It came stock with some very nice components, but it is kinda "Old School" with the rigid fork. Since I have all but stopped unlocking, I think this might be a good option for me. I ride probably 70% road and 30% trail. Two bikes is not an option right now. I am planning on getting a 29er in the next couple of months.

    So, I ask: How would you view the Shock fork vs Rigid? The cost of this bike has me interested ( <$900), especially with the components that it comes with. I think the reason they were able to use the better pieces is because the expense of the shock fork is not there. Oh, and I am crazy about the color. It looks 10x better in real life then the pic.



    I currently ride a 2006 Giant Rainier. It has pretty nice components and the front shock is great, if I were 50# lighter. When I ride trail, and unlock the fork, it takes nothing for me to bottom out. And, the amount of extra energy that it takes to power when the fork is unlocked is mind numbing to me. The last several rides I have taken, I don't even bother to unlock. I let my arms be my shocks.

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    In my opinion, unless you are attacking an aggressive trail, or racing downhill, the front shock approach is unnecessary. As you mentioned, it takes a lot of energy to power through the dampening aspect of the front shock.

    When I get an MTB I will not be in the market for a suspended model. A rigid frame is much more versatile.

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    A 29er doesn't need a suspension fork, anyway, since the bigger tired roll over rough ground and suck up a lot of the stuff a 26 won't damp out without suspension.
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    I like the look of a 29'er, but I don't care for flashy colors, and would prefer a matte black or grey. If you like it go for it, it only matters to you what you think and what you like. I think the suspension isn't worth it, unless you would be riding something very serious. But, that is just my opinion, and that doesn't mean a whole lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flip18436572 View Post
    I like the look of a 29'er, but I don't care for flashy colors, and would prefer a matte black or grey.
    My current bike is gray matte aluminum. It looks cool and all, but I think I want a change. I may regret, but don't know until I try. I walked into the shop yesterday and among the sea of black, gray, red, white and variations of same was this twisted triple triangle of rainbow colors and I said to myself "Well, hello cutie. What's a kitschy looking thing like you doing in a highbrow shop like this?" But when I looked closer, I saw the Easton EA30, 3-D cold forged 6061 Seat Post, Tektro, Aquila mechanical disc brakes, Shimano Deore Rapidfire Plus, 9-speed, and the Shimano M521 Hollow Tech with Octalink, 44/32/22T, alloy outer ring and thought to myself, "Wait, you really have some substance, but your parents must have been hippies and so you dress funny. It's sexy.....I like it!"

    Besides, everyone around here (this town) thinks I'm nuts anyway, this would seal the deal

    BTW..........Thanks for the input. What you guys think is important to me.

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    Triathlon in my future??? flip18436572's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jboyd View Post
    Besides, everyone around here (this town) thinks I'm nuts anyway, this would seal the deal
    I am in the same boat, so go for it!!!
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    Go for the rigid 29er. I'm going to convert my suspension'd MTB that I currently have to a rigid fork, and my next bike will be a rigid 29er. As Tom pointed out, they roll over everything.

    Only suggestion, swap the tires for WTB Nanoraptors. Lots of folks around here roll on those, I hear nothing but high praise for them for a mix of mostly road/trail/gravel and the occasional offroad jaunt.

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    Beautiful bike! I love the colors. I did not know that GT made a rigid 29er - something more for me to lust at!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdinger View Post
    Go for the rigid 29er. Only suggestion, swap the tires for WTB Nanoraptors.
    If I do get this bike, or any 29er for that matter, I may try to find a 2nd set of wheels and cassette and have a set of road wheels and set of trail wheels.

    It is not worth the trouble to change tires to ride different venues. I suck at changing rubber.

    All I have to do now, is sell my Alum. Canoe, my Pungo Kayak, Vintage Raleigh Sport bike and related gear, to afford all of this. Can't decide if I should keep the Rainier to have if my adult kids come around and want to ride with me. The bike shop offered me $350 on trade for my old bike. Kinda hard to pass that up.

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    That is a nice bike. I say go for it also. For your purposes it sounds just right!
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    Gopher it! lots of trails have been tamed with a rigid frame! I'm also pondering a rigid fork for an old Mongoose that I'm thinking about fixin up.
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    Go for it. I prefer rigid bikes off road and on. The only reason I added a suspension fork to my monocog is for 6 hour races. When I get somewhere between hours 4 and 5 at race pace, I tend to start running into things instead of wheelying over them.
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