I'm curious about using a non suspension corrected Surly LHT fork (one for the 26 inch) on a newer steel mountain frame (Soma Groove) that has geometry for a 80mm suspension fork. It's mostly been my mountain bike, and winter commuter, but I'm wanting to turn it into a touring bike, and I'm curious which rigid fork to buy. I was thinking the 1x1, but I prefer the mid blade eyelets for a lowrider.
Will using a non-suspension corrected fork like the LHT on a mountain frame totally ruin the handling? Would it be better or worse for touring?