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Originally Posted by surreal View Post
-Going from a sprung fork to full-rigid will take some getting used to. Similarly, going from rigid to front squish is kinda weird, too.
-when i borrow my fiancee's hardtail, i'm appalled at how heavy/bouncy/$h!tty her ride is, because of the rockshox.
-To be fair, it is a ghastly, cheap, and weighty thing. Perhaps it isn't fair to compare the rigid to such a terrible fork--the dart with the lockout.
You are correct...comparing a cruddy rigid fork to a Dart is still not fair. A cheap rigid fork is still going to be fairly light and super efficient. The Dart will be neither. I'm glad you realized this comparison to be irrelevant, but why didn't you delete it?

Just sayin'.






Originally Posted by surreal View Post
The cheapest sprung forks that i'd even dream of buying aftermarket are $300
The RS Tora is a great fork for the $$$. It's reliable, the damper works as stated, and it can be had for $150'ish range. Dark horse.


Originally Posted by surreal View Post
an active suspension fork will keep your front tire in contact with mother earth significantly more than a rigid one.
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Originally Posted by surreal View Post
-Modern suspension is lightyears ahead of the forks of a few years ago; they're lighter weight, more efficient, stronger, stiffer, better.
-I'm mostly afraid to get a suspension fork because i fear that i'll fuss with it constantly, on the trail and on the stand, and that i'll ride less as a result.
As you stated..."Modern suspension is lightyears ahead of the forks of a few years ago; they're lighter weight, more efficient, stronger, stiffer, better." (nice use of the semicolon BTW) You won't spend as much time off the bike as you think. Ditch the OCD, realize that it's mountain biking, and nothing is gonna be perfect. Buy the right fork and it will perform as advertized. RS Tora...$150...when hits bumps...fork compresses and takes away the bump...when damping knobs are turned...changes can be felt.
If you are a bit OCD or of the mindset that pro level equipment will be all that suffices...Wheelworld.com is selling Fox Float 140RL's for $399. This deal can be had from time to time. I got my '05 Fox Vanilla for $219 from Jensonusa.com in 2006 as an OEM take-off. Keep your eyes peeled.


Originally Posted by surreal View Post
PS- just saw that your chameleon is currently SS. you *must* try the rigid; the idea of running even a well-tuned and glorious springer on a SS fills me with dread
That is unless you get a fork with an effective lockout. Say you're hammering out of the saddle on your rigid beast...you get to a rocky, rooted DH or flat section...you slow to a snail's pace so you don't lose your teeth. You could have been hammering on that Float RL or Tora with Motion Control and when you get to the rough crap...flip a knob and reap the benefits. Drop in to that gulley and launch out the far side.

Just a thought. I've used the lockout on the Motion Control damper, Float, and Talas...they all work great.

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