I'm just wondering the rewards that will be reaped by upgrading a rigid fork to a "more expensive "one. I'm not really sure what constitutes a quality rigid fork outside of differing metal properties. Obviously carbon will deliver weight reduction and imcoolerthanyouium will get the chicks, but what else? Any thoughts?
Okay, I didn't really ask a good question. I have a stock steel fork with an XT vee brake. On my geared bike I have an avid bb7 that is gathering dust and annoying me slightly. I do not NEED to use the disc but I have little desire to run the geared thing anytime in the forseable future. The disc has only a few months of use. The stock fork I own does not have disc compatability. The stock wheels on the rigid are nothing special while the wheels on the geared bike are better quality. Rhyno lites I believe, while these are certainly not the uber wheel, they are better than the stock steel units in place now. I am certain the hub is a notch or two up in quality as well. The wheels are the same age as the disc brake. surely see were I am going with this. . It would be nice to use the parts I paid for more than a month or two, but the XT is really okay. If I buy a fork with disc m I going to see a noticable difference? I most likely will stick with steel 'cause my son needs shoes more than I need shiny bling parts but if there is a noticable difference in upgrading a rigid fork I'll be able to kill a couple of birds with a fork shaped rock... er something like that at any rate. Any suggestions? Riding is strictly "XCish", all single track with some rocks, roots and 1-2 foot drops. Nothing hardcore but I do ride hard at a competent level. If it matters I will be switching from threaded to threadless if I choose to go with a new fork.
I most likely will stick with steel 'cause my son needs shoes more than I need shiny bling parts
What kind of common sense thinking is this!?
anyway, (my opinion) you won't notice any big difference in rigid forks until you start spending a lot more than it sounds like you want too (Vicious, IF, Kelly, etc..). But, if you want to upgrade to disc brakes, Dimension makes a cheap disc fork and so does surly, kona isn't that pricey either. I think a front BB7 is a great thing but that is me.
The pricier steel forks use a better quality steel that, just like higher quality steel frames, give you the feeling of compliance and vibration damping while still retaining a snappy / lively feeling. And they are of course lighter, (and prettier)