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Old 02-18-08, 12:54 PM   #1
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suspension forks or ridge?

what would you all say? touring with suspension forks or ridge forks????
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Old 02-18-08, 01:01 PM   #2
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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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Old 02-18-08, 01:46 PM   #3
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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.
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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.
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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