i bought this bike for my self just before christmas. it will make a nice bike to let friends ride who have no idea what to do with gears. i dig it lots. it handles very well and can climb over large obstacles easily. i <3 my 29er
i was contemplating keeping it as simplistic as possible; rigid. its very very light (lightest of all my bikes) and i wasn't sure if i wanted to put the weight of a suspension fork on it. however i think a squishy fork would help me with LIGHT dirt jumping (minimal, 2ft or smaller jumps) and aggressive XC riding.
i was looking to spend around 300 bucks or so. i want a lockout and at least 100mm of travel. i saw a couple forks that met this criteria but they had really fat axles that im not familiar with. i was eying up this http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...solute+08.aspx does that thing bolt on with an Allen wrench and replace the quick release axle and fit right inside the hub?
also the rigid fork doesn't have much head room above the tire, would a long travel fork ruin the geometry?
any good fork recommendations? i am not partial to a particular brand.