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Rigid MTB fork on my Soma Double Cross DC?

Old 09-04-12, 02:16 PM
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Rigid MTB fork on my Soma Double Cross DC?

So, I need some assistance in deciding what direction to go. I'm currently building up a Soma Double Cross DC for a gravel grinder/endurance/occasional cyclocross races type bike. I need to buy a fork for this build next, and I could definitely go with the standard CroMo disc fork built for the bike, but reading many posts on several forums, I think I would be most interested in a carbon fork.

Having said that, I'm looking at 2 different forks right now. One is a typical cyclocross disc fork here:

https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...19_-1___202441

It's an excellent price, but I don't need the canti mounts, and basically I think it'll make my build look sloppy.

This is the other fork I'm considering:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2012-TRIGON-...ht_3144wt_1185

Is there any reason you can't or wouldn't put a rigid carbon mountain bike fork on a cyclocross bike? i.e. geometry, etc? Actually the mountain bike fork is lighter than the above mentioned cyclocross fork.

I could use some assistance in finding the right fork, since carbon cyclocross disc forks seem so hard to come by for under $200!

Thanks!

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For what it is worth, the studs are removable.
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Might be able to find an Un Branded fork from a China based direct seller..
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You should probably pick a fork that is sized to match what the frame geometry is designed for. In the case of the Double Cross, that means 400mm axle-to-crown length and 44mm rake. You can get away with a few mm variation, but you should stay in that ballpark. Going with something different will change the handling (and the tube angles).
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I'm having the Enve disc fork put on my Soma DC right now. Waiting for the build to be complete. :-)
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Originally Posted by Wardman
I'm having the Enve disc fork put on my Soma DC right now. Waiting for the build to be complete. :-)
That's a touch over $200 though, right?
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I have that Nashbar fork. I removed the canti studs, and put some hex bolts there so I didn't have an open hole in the fork legs.

Great deal for the money...currently running 42mm tires with room to spare.
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Opps :-) Missed the $200 part.
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I have a rigid cr-mo fork on one MTB tourer and like it, put a rigid carbon on another MTB commuter. For what it's worth I was pretty disappointed with the carbon fork, harsh and noisy feel. Went back to the old worn-out susp. fork & sold the CF on eBay. Could have been the quality of the fork, though I think the combination of CF and a heavier wheel and tire had something to do with it.
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I'll probably give the nashbar fork a try...it's within a mm or two of the correct geometry. I really was only staying away from it because it will look a little unsightly with the canti studs in or out of it. If I could find a mtb carbon disc fork with nearly the correct geometry, for under $200, I'd probably go with that, but haven't been able to find anything yet.
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