Hey everyone i need some advice. I have a 2005 Bianchi Sass (singlespeed mt bike) with a rigid fork. I have an Manitou Axel comp with lockout that i was thinking about putting on, but i am concerned with the weight. The bike is stock except for thompson stem and easton monkey like carbon riser bars. The weight is 26lbs which seems like alot for a single speed mt bike. I live and ride in Maine where there is alot of rough technical single track. I guess my question is would you put the suspension fork on and live with the added weight or leave the rigid fork on and deal with the rough ride.
I roll the rigid fork, but I'm not you. Ya know? An equally important question is, is the rigid fork on there right now suspension corrected or are you going to throw off your frame angles by putting on a sus fork?
Guys, I have a DISS with a Rock Shox SID (race). King this and that, money lites, raceface turbine...yada yada. It is still 26 odd lbs, kinda heavy for a SS yes. Also note that the DISS has an Alum frame vice steel on the SASS. The ride is better with the SID on trails and in the woods...and street hopping. But I have to admit that there is a loss of snappiness when romping off the pedal. The rigid fork seem light speed faster to respond on power. As for head angles, the DISS and SASS are "corrected" so that a 80 mm fork would work fine. More and yeah you get more stable Not familiar with the manitou, but just put it up against the stock fork and subtract 1/3 of the travel for sag and see how close you are.
Giant N.R.S......soon to be SR ss road bike conversion,KHS Solo-One S.S. Mntbike
I have a KHS Solo-One After I threw on the RockShox Duke sl /w U-turn (4lbs) it weighed in at 24 lbs. I knew the Duke would add weight ,but there is alot to be said for having something up front to absorb the big hits besides my 2 wrists that have both been shattered(not on a bicycle) from my old Motocross days.
Go with what feels right to you no matter what you ride!