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Old 07-01-07, 08:41 AM   #1
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How much weight will I save do ya think?

This is my commuter,a GT Nomad hybrid, and it's also going on a fully self supported one week tour of the Oregon coast in September (of course, the sexy milk crate will be replaced with Panniers for that one). I was in the bike shop yesterday and they had a used suntour suspension fork in the corner (much like the one that came on this bike), I picked it up and was amazed at how heavy it was. I bet it was 7-8 pounds. I couldn't believe I was lugging that thing around on my commute. I never (or nearly never) leave the pavement (I have a mtn. bike for that). So it got me to thinking and I found this Chro-mo trekking fork on Nashbar:

It's weight is about 3 pounds, and I got it at 10% off thanks to the coupon forum. Granted there is a level of comfort from the suspension fork, but I put on the aero bars and those really help a lot. I'm guessing it will be saving me 4-5 pounds. What do you think? My commute is 4 days a week, 13.2 miles r/t. Good cost/reward?

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Old 07-01-07, 08:47 AM   #2
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Rigid forks are nice.

The only other thing I'd suggest is seeing what you can get if you put a wanted ad on craigslist's bikes section... if you're near a major city. Might find a rigid fork that suits you just as well for only $10.
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Old 07-01-07, 08:58 AM   #3
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Adding in the cost of the change-over it would still be a good idea. Hold off on adding a disc brake. I have never needed one on a solo bike.
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