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    Best fork for the money for a 250lb rider

    Mostly daily commuting on bumpy roads. Suspension or rigid OK.

    Your thoughts?

    (Think cheap but won't endanger the life of the rider)

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    You don't need a suspension fork for riding on bumpy roads. Buy yourself a rigid fork that has the same axle to crown length as your current fork. Without knowing more about your bike (ex: wheel and tire size, current fork brand and model) it's impossible to say anything more specific...

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    what bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    You don't need a suspension fork for riding on bumpy roads. Buy yourself a rigid fork that has the same axle to crown length as your current fork. Without knowing more about your bike (ex: wheel and tire size, current fork brand and model) it's impossible to say anything more specific...
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    Something from Surly. They probably have one to match your bike whatever it is.
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    For a 26" wheeled bicycle (such as an MTB), try a Surly Instigator or a Voodoo Cycles Zombie fork. I've got the Instigator on an old MTB and it works great.

    For 700c wheels try a Surly Long Haul Trucker fork or Cross Check fork, (any touring fork should work).

    Also check Nashbar for their house-brand forks. They seem to get good reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stun View Post
    Mostly daily commuting on bumpy roads. Suspension or rigid OK.

    Your thoughts?

    (Think cheap but won't endanger the life of the rider)
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    Look at a Kona Project 2 as well...
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    White bros carbon rigid fork works well but not really cheap

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    Disagree, went to a rigid CB fork on a converted MTB, big slicks, commuter..no love, lots of road chatter. Went back to a vintage susp fork and it's a much, much nicer ride. Sold the CF fork on eBay, maybe one of you guys bought it!

    For a cheaper all around susp fork, a new Rockshox Dart 3 is OK if you are fitting it to a MTB frame.

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    what bike?... if you want to stay steel Salsa forks are nice for the money (Karate monkey finally went to the salsa fork from what I understand)

    soma forks are also supposed to be nice and avl in plenty of styles and lengths... I also have read good things about the the on-one CF fork

    I wouldn't bother with a suspension fork of any sort if you are on the street... get a little larger tire and find it's sweet spot for PSI...
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    Not for me. For a friend. He has an entry level Raleigh MTB--26" wheels.

    I am 140#. I have a lot of experience on a lot of different types of forks but I know that what works for me at 140 won't work for him at 7 stone heavier than me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidder View Post
    For a 26" wheeled bicycle (such as an MTB), try a Surly Instigator or a Voodoo Cycles Zombie fork. I've got the Instigator on an old MTB and it works great.
    Thanks skidder for this. This is perfect. I was thinking maybe the instigator and the Zombie looks good as well (and is a little cheaper which my friend will like). Good suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson View Post
    I wouldn't bother with a suspension fork of any sort if you are on the street... get a little larger tire and find it's sweet spot for PSI...
    Yes...this was my advice to him as well...good point donalson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    White bros carbon rigid fork works well but not really cheap
    Yes. I love this one too (but it is out of my friend's budget!) Too bad for him...

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    what is wrong with the fork he already has? 1 1/8" threadless I assume?

    the only thing I can think is that he had an accident that folded his old fork or he has a very low end suspension fork... either way find out the axle to crown height and just about any steel fork made by a reputable company mentioned here will outlive the bike.
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