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Old 09-04-14, 12:03 PM
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Going rigid

Hello! My bike is a 2011 Specialized Hardrock Disc. I'm planning to swap the SR Suntour suspension fork that it came with for a rigid one. I just don't need front suspension for the kind of riding I do, I decided I like the feel of a fully rigid bike better (at least compared to this low-end stock fork), and I wouldn't mind dropping some weight from the bike.

My budget is $150 or less. I've looked at the Surly 1x1 Bikeman Surly 1x1 Fork: I.S. DISC Tab and Removable Canti Pivots; Suspension Corrected for 80mm, the Soma CRMO MTB Soma MTB 440mm Rigid Disc Fork, the Nashbar one Nashbar Rigid Mountain Bike Fork - Normal Shipping Ground, and this one from Salsa Salsa CroMoto 26" Disc Only in Tree Fort Bikes Forks (cat82).

Any feedback or advice on the ones I've listed would be appreciated. I do like that the Soma and Salsa forks have a disc-only option. Having the mounts for V-brakes wouldn't be a big deal but I like the cleaner look without them. Any other options I've overlooked? I haven't looked into carbon much because my budget only reaches the bottom of that price range, and I worry that a cheap carbon fork may be of questionable quality. I did find this one Carbon 26er MTB Fork | Buy Online | Carbonality.com, but I think the length (460mm) is too long, most of the 80mm suspension corrected forks I've seen are more like 440mm.

My bike is otherwise stock except for some Specialized Compound Control tires, 26x2.2 in size. Thanks for any advice you can give me!
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Old 09-04-14, 01:01 PM
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I'd go with the Kona P2 if I was looking for value+burliness (ex. - Bikeman Kona Project 2, 26 Triple Butted Mountain Fork, 440, Canti-Disc).

ed (one of our BF members) has been rocking one for a while and has been pleased.

If I wanted a carbon über fork, I'd go with the Ritchey - - that is, if you can still find the 26" version.
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Originally Posted by dminor View Post
I'd go with the Kona P2 if I was looking for value+burliness (ex. - Bikeman Kona Project 2, 26 Triple Butted Mountain Fork, 440, Canti-Disc).

ed (one of our BF members) has been rocking one for a while and has been pleased.

If I wanted a carbon über fork, I'd go with the Ritchey - - that is, if you can still find the 26" version.
Thanks for the tip on the Kona, value+burliness is exactly what I'm after.
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I did the same thing and went with a cheapo fork....$100 installed by shop. I love the old school feel and prefer it to my modern day front suspension bike at times. I made mine a SS and love to ride it. But Canti's SUX wicked schlong freakishly bad brakes..
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i have a surly fork
i think it is the instigator
but it is a heavy mutha
probably weighs a half pound over the light suspension fork it replaced
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