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JiveTurkey
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Suspension-corrected forks come in different axle to crown lengths (measured from where the wheel's axle is to the bottom of the headset). Hybrid forks usually have a relatively short travel and therefor shorter A-C length.

You should measure the A-C of the current fork and subtract the sag (the amount of suspension travel that is used by just sitting on it). Find a rigid fork with about the same A-C.

To replace with a new fork, you'll need to remove the headset crown race from the old fork, re-install the crown race on the new fork, cut the new fork to the desired length, install a new headset star-nut, and install the fork. A lot of these steps are best done with the special tools, if you don't have access to these tools or a co-op where you can use them, it makes more sense financially to have the shop do it.
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