Since Speedgoat kicks serious ass, the Surly 1x1 rigid fork I ordered saturday was here yesterday using Speedgoat's free shipping. So, after I cut the steerer and swapped the starfanglednut and crown race, I out the whole thing together to do some hill climbs. Here are some impressions:
-The bike is remarkably lighter, as in about 3 pounds. The weight loss is obviously in the front, so the front end is lighter and handles way more crisply
-The ride is remarkably more harsh, I did some stairs after all of the 1000 feet of climbing and was surprised how much the suspenson soaks up. I adapted to this by riding with less tenson in my grip and elbows, and it took a lot of the jarring away. With a rigid, it seems hat you need just to let the bike do its thing. I can't wait to take it through a rock garden.
-Somehow, my brakes are stronger. I think it has to do with the fork being stiffer, and/or not diving when the brakes are pulled.
-The 1x1 is not as tall as the Judy TT that I had before, so the front end rides slightly lower. No big deal, just a little adjusting needed.
I think that this fork will be the ticket to an awesome summer of riding, and my vision of the perfect bike is finally there, in the garage. I love making things bare bones, kind of like the old chopper and hot rodder guys used to do when they would take off parts until it quit running, then put the last one back on. This is just making it simpler so that I can ride more and fix less. My wrists will hate me though. I am taking on one of the most rocky, technical trails Cleveland has to offer on saturday, so we'll see how it goes.