Hi all. I have a 2008 Gary Fisher Mendota with the Bontrager Satellite Elite carbon disc fork (http://bontrager.com/model/05028/en). It has served me very well as a commuter and light duty tourer for two years and 2,500+ miles of commuting, touring, greenway riding, etc. I am getting to the point where I want to do longer tours (still probably only three days/2 nights, but all I've done so far is S24O's) and all day rides including gravel and doubletrack.
I would like to run some 35-38mm tires and this fork is only suitable for 32mm tires (which I currently am running and the ride on gravel/doubletrack is super harsh).
Also, I'd like to run something like Salsa's minimalist rack up front to carry a dry bag for better weight distribution/more storage compared to using rear panniers and a bag on the rear rack (makes the bike very light up front!).
Would you guys just swap the fork (my dream bike is a Salsa Vaya, so I'm leaning towards a Vaya front fork) and get tires/rack or would you wait till a new frame/fork is in order and do it all at once? I'm on a budget and it will probably be another year till I could afford a new frameset. I just don't want to buy a fork now and realize later it's easier/cheaper to get a complete frameset.
Also any thoughts on the geometry differences between the two forks? A2C is 405mm on the Vaya and 400mm on the Satellite. Not sure on the difference in rake.