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Swapping Suspension fork for ridged?

Old 11-14-14, 06:51 AM
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Swapping Suspension fork for ridged?

Opinions wanted. I'm thinking of swaping out my suspension fork for a ridged one. Mostly I ride on pavement but do ride some gravel paths and fire roads(90/20). Also I would get a pair of 26 x 1.25 tires. Price wise it looks like it can be done for about $90.00 plus the time to swap every thing.

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You're going to have difficulty finding the right tire for that 90/20 split.

Universal Cycles -- Dimension Rigid Non Disc Fork
Universal Cycles -- Schwalbe Marathon Greenguard Tire
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Legs and arms make good suspension , but you may have to get off the saddle ahead of hitting the rough patches.
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Sounds like a reasonable plan. If I were you I might consider slightly wider tires with largely smooth tread--maybe 1.5-1.75. The bigger tires will weigh a little more, but won't roll slower and will do better on say fire roads. i think not having suspension is great whenever you really don't need it.
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I've heard of rigid bikes going to suspension forks having issues due to geometry, but would the opposite also come into play? Would he have to find a fork that didn't screw with the geometry too much?
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Thanks for the replies. Here's the fork and tires I was thinking of.

Nashbar Rigid Mountain Bike Fork

Geax Street Runner City Tire

The fork is suspension adjusted. Those Schwalbe Marathon look good and may be the better choice.
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I did something like that to my commuter. As long as the rigid fork has a crown axle dimension close to your suspension fork, handling should stay about the same. One gotcha is that a lot of steel forks are set up to replace an 80mm travel fork so if you have a 100mm travel fork you need to find a longer fork like the Salsa Cro-Moto. Also try and get a replacement headset crown race for the new fork since that is easier than trying to pull the old one and reuse it.
For tires with a more dirt friendly tread, try the Vittoria Randonneur Cross or Trail.
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I was debating the same thing as I am older fatter than before and the thought of taking a header on the trails = doom. My fork is a beast and must weigh 6-7 lbs all day. I was even debating going to a 27 IN WHEEL with rigid fork?
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