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Originally Posted by Mastermind77
Currently I have a mid 90s Diamondback Traverse MTB...
...possibly change out the fork with lockout suspension.
So it's rigid now,right? Putting a suspension fork on a bike that was never designed for it is going to screw up the geometry. There are suspension corrected rigid forks,but I don't know of any suspension forks that are short travel and designed for use on rigid bikes. Also,your bike probably has a 1" threaded headset(check here
to see what you have);most suspension forks are for modern 1 1/8" threadless setups,so you might not be able to find a fork,or have to pay alot for a special custom job.
A hardtail bike will be an asset for riding off road. My $.02,swap the tires on your current bike and use it for on-road,get one of the bikes you're looking at and use it for off-road. The low end forks aren't that bad;you're not riding at the competitive level. Really,as long as it has a lockout and at least a preload adjustment,it's fine for the street,and if you're going off-road you really won't need the lockout.
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