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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-22-13, 08:53 AM   #1
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Best fork for the money for a 250lb rider

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

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

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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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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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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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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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