40 yrs bike touring
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Santa Barbara,CA.
Bikes: Bruce Gordon Ti Rock N Road , Fat Chance Mountain Tandem 
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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.