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Old 05-12-14, 04:41 PM
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Replacing Suspension Fork with Rigid

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My Specialized Crosstrail Sport 2010 (non disc brakes) needs replacing, however I don't even use suspension at all, would it be possible to replace the fork with a non suspension fork? And what Size would I need, I think I read somewhere that a 29er or something. I am new at this, if it already isn't obvious.

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From your first sentence, I got the impression that you wanted to replace your entire bike. However, from your title and the rest of your post, it appears that you want to replace your suspension fork.

Go to the mechanics forum, if you want info on swapping out your fork...

That's only if you really want to keep your bike!
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Old 05-12-14, 06:01 PM
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Will do thanks, ya I would love to if money wasn't the issue I will post there thank you. But I do love my bike...
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Based on what I just saw online for that model of bike, Get a 700c fork with the proper steerer tube (1 & 1/8" threadless) which is also "suspension corrected" for approximately 75mm travel. They are a bit longer than the forks on bikes that come without suspension to keep the geometry the same as with the original fork..

It is not in stock, but something like this one from Amazon would probably work. Amazon.com: Dimension 700c Hybrid Fork 1-1/8" Threadless Suspension Corrected Black: Sports & Outdoors

EDIT: Available here for about $55... https://www.modernbike.com/product-21...FXIF7AodpyoAQA

I am sure there are others available as well.
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Just saying, I did this on a commuter MTB thinking I'd shed a pound or two and enjoy the hi tech CF rigid fork. Well, though it looked pretty cool, it transferred every detail of uneven pavement, potholes, etc. The ride went from plush to unpleasant. Fortunately, I saved the cooked vintage fork which I re-installed and dumped the hi priced carbon fork on ebay.

If you opt for a rigid, don't dump your susp fork until you're sure you like the outcome.
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Old 05-12-14, 11:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
Based on what I just saw online for that model of bike, Get a 700c fork with the proper steerer tube (1 & 1/8" threadless) which is also "suspension corrected" for approximately 75mm travel. They are a bit longer than the forks on bikes that come without suspension to keep the geometry the same as with the original fork..
I am sure there are others available as well.
What is 75mm Travel, is that the measurement from the top of the head tube to the axle?

Another question are the Diameter of the Head Tube all unviersal?
@FrenchFit - Thanks for the info, San Jose roads are friendly and trails are always pretty smooth, as I never use the suspension anyways.
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Originally Posted by chumunga View Post
What is 75mm Travel, is that the measurement from the top of the head tube to the axle?
Travel is the maximum amount of vertical movement allowed by the wheel during the down stroke of a suspended fork.

Another question are the Diameter of the Head Tube all universal?
No. Check @Little Darwins answer again.

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Old 05-13-14, 03:08 PM
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So I found this at my local store

Forté Team Carbon Road Fork -

Will this fit? It has the 1-1/8'' treadless and 700c, but it doesnt mention suspension correct, and honestly i am googling that term "suspension correct" but reading about rake right now (fun sport/hobby but sooooo much to learn)
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Originally Posted by chumunga View Post
So I found this at my local store

Forté Team Carbon Road Fork -

Will this fit? It has the 1-1/8'' treadless and 700c, but it doesnt mention suspension correct, and honestly i am googling that term "suspension correct" but reading about rake right now (fun sport/hobby but sooooo much to learn)
No,it's not suspension corrected,it doesn't have brake mount posts,and you wouldn't be able to run a wide tire.

I did a quick Google,what's your budget? Most CF forks of the type you're looking for will run you $200+,but you can get steel ones for about $60.
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Well I currently have 700cx25 and took off the 700cx45 my budget is ideally under a 100 anything more I would save for a new bike, but I don't know what to do with this one, I like it, its my first bike (well as an adult, last one was i 11 years old and someone stole it)
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Old 05-14-14, 10:59 AM
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Okay I see I didnt read correctly, I see that there is no way to install the brakes. Does anyone know any websites I been looking around google. Thanks for all the help.
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Old 05-14-14, 11:09 AM
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May be more reasonable to Buy a bike made around the Shorter non suspension fork .. and sell the one you dont like now.

in Trek that is the FX series , vs the DS with the sus Fork .

the one you saw in Performance is a road bike fork
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Will this fork work?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/GT-carbon-aluminum-700c-fork-with-v-brake-studs-/271457044250?pt=US_Forks&hash=item3f3419c71a
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Doesn't say suspension corrected. If you get a regular fork,it will lower your front end and change your handling.

If your budget is under $100,you def need to look at a steel fork. Not as light as carbon,but will save alot of weight over your current fork.
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Oh aluminum, carbon, steel is fine i just want to the right fit. It seem to be the only one I can find. Thanks again.
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I believe buying a non-suspension fork risk is that you could possibly hit the pedals on the ground. I haven't tried it so I'm not sure.
(EDIT: I meant on a frame made for suspension forks.)

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Old 05-19-14, 03:42 PM
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Thanks everyone, I been looking around and considering cost to what I want Selling the bike on CL is ideally what will satisfy my needs. I been looking at a specialized Sirrus Elite, its a much lighter bike to carry up stairs. I will continue to shop around for bikes similar to the Sirrus Elite bike class.
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If you swing back and decide to just put a rigid fork on your current bike, there is one that I linked to earlier...

Dimension 700c Hybrid Fork 1-1/8" Threadless Suspension Corrected Black - Modern Bike

1 1/8 steerer, posts for v/canti brakes, suspension corrected and it is $55 with free shipping. It is cromoly, so it is even decent steel. If I was looking to convert a short travel suspension bike to rigid, I would buy it.
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That fork looks nice - I need to see what will fit on my '10 Trek 7100. I don't seem to notice the suspension fork unless I'm standing on the pedals and then it makes the bike feel a bit washy. That said - maybe if I swap in a solid I'd notice the suspension fork was missing?
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Correct me if im wrong. The idea of a suspension corrected fork is, if your suspension fork is (in my case) 493mm Axle to Crown and the travel of the suspension is 75mm,

so 493-75= 418mm

so 418mm would be the shortest Axle to Crown length without worrying about hitting my pedal to floor? (ride quality will be another situation as well as considering geometry)
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Do you do much riding inside? You might hit pavement or dirt.
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Originally Posted by Dirt Road View Post
Do you do much riding inside? You might hit pavement or dirt.
Well I would try to ideally find a 460 or greater so I would avoid that, but ideally is the math the correct concept on finding a correct suspension corrected fork. The only suspension correct fork I can find are bulky steel forks. I would like a carbon or aluminum but it seems impossible to find.
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Originally Posted by chumunga View Post
The only suspension correct fork I can find are bulky steel forks. I would like a carbon or aluminum but it seems impossible to find.
https://api.viglink.com/api/click?for...0Modern%20Bike

I'm sure the Aluminum ones are bulkier than this nice Steel one. Most bikers will take a CroMoly steel fork over any aluminum fork. Can't beat that deal either.

If weight savings is what your after then the steel fork is not even a 1/2 lb heavier than this carbon fork:Nashbar Carbon Mountain Bike Fork - Forks

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