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    OPINIONS and SUGGESTION Requested

    I have a 2005 Trek 3700 that I mainly use for road/bike path/packed dirt trails recreational and fitness riding. Many times with a trailer attached pulling my daughter.
    The rims and tires have been swapped out for a more road friendly setup and I removed the front derailleur and swapped out the crank-set. It is now a 7spd instead of the original 21spd .
    So my request for suggestions and opinions is for the fork.
    I still have the original RST 191 suspension fork and I am looking to replace it with a rigid (Surly 1x1) fork.
    Should I replace the fork or replace the bike?
    Thank you in advance for everyone's comments!

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    How much is the new fork? It looks like Surly has thought out the geometry for replacing the equivalent of the 63mm suspension, so your ride geometry will be similar to the unloaded 3700 with RST fork. Keep your lower bearing race to move over.

    Make certain that you have the right steerer tube length, and spacers for any extra. Fit, test, and measure twice. Cut once.

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    Thanks for the reply!
    The new fork with be about $70-80.

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    Fork.
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    If it was my bike, and I thought my bike lacked only a rigid fork to make me happy, I'd replace the fork in a heartbeat. Just make sure that whatever fork you acquire has the right brake mountings for your existing brake.
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    If you like the bike, just replace the fork as you can't get much of a bike for $70.

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    Thanks to all that replied.
    I ended up getting the Surly 1x1 fork that compensates for an 80mm suspension.
    Trek specs the axle to crown on the '05 3700 at 412mm and the Surly fork a-c specs are 413mm.
    Should be a good fit. Thanks again.

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    I think you made the right choice. I swapped a bike from suspension to rigid a few years ago, and enjoyed it a lot more.
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