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    suspension forks or ridge?

    what would you all say? touring with suspension forks or ridge forks????

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    Given the choice I would avoid suspension for on road touring. Off road probably too, but some prefer front suspension on tours like the Great Divide.

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    Even the Divide Ride was fine for me on a bike with a rigid fork. Other riders on suspension forks had a variety of problems.

    Proper tire size and air pressure can go a long way to compensate for lack of a suspension fork in my experience. I view it as one less complication to worry about on a tour.

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    Ridgy didge all the way. But, when they develope a no-maintenece (at all) suss fork, I'm there.

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    Rigid. I don't miss what I've never had.
    None.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arctos View Post
    Even the Divide Ride was fine for me on a bike with a rigid fork. Other riders on suspension forks had a variety of problems.
    Did you use panniers or a trailer, and is that choice tied to the suspension vs rigid choice in any way?

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    On the Divide Ride I used 2 front panniers and a rear rack dry bag stuffer. I have always found that I have more precise steering control with a rigid fork.

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