as i've posted in the 'poprad fork...' thread, i've been having problems with mine (06 non-disc poprad) and have had only mild success with adjusting brake pads/swapping pads. so here's my question: i have a shop discount and a desire to make my bike (a) not shudder/squeal as bad or ideal not at all (b) be a bit more comfy on long rides (i see my cross bike becoming my primary ride once winter sets in).
what i'm thinking is upgrading my brakes to either avid shorty 6's or maybe shimano canti's (but i'm open to other suggesitons) and upgrading my fork to the ritchey carbon CX comp (there's one sitting on the shelf at work). i can't really afford anything more than the ritchey fork; as much as i'd like one, the alpha q's are just way outta my price range.
does anybody here have experience with any/all of these brakes or forks? any suggestions? should i even replace my fork (will it make a big difference)? i've been loving my first season racing cross and i don't mind that my brakes shudder and squeal or that the ride is a bit rough while racing (i can't really hear/feel much during the races), but i plan on longer winter rides (lots of dirt roads around here) and want a more functional and comfy ride when it gets chilly...any experience or advice would be appreciated.