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Old 10-05-07, 08:08 AM   #1
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schwinn homegrown, fork?

i have a schwinn homegrown i built up myself from the ground up. all xt, front disc, rear v brake, carbon riser bars, 100mm travel w/lock down to 20mm marzocchi fork. thinking of converting it to touring since i don't use it enough for mtb. of course i will keep the parts and can go back and forth.

couple questions:

1. is a rigid fork necessary? if so, what do you suggest for a replacement fork? i think the steel mountain rigid forks will look silly against the aluminum frame and carbon is way expensive, thoughts?

2. flat mtb bar with ends so i don't have to mess with the shifters or go to drop bars?

3. obviously i will switch to skinnier town and country type or touring tires, any other changes?
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