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    Looking for a rigid setup

    My old Rockhopper finally called it quits so I'm in the market for a new ride. I'm having difficulties finding a fully rigid setup these days as it seems that they all have front suspension. So far all I found is the Kona Unit X and Marin Pine Mountain. Are there any other options out there or is this pretty much it? Thanks guys .

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    You could probably pick up a used stache for a song.

    What wheel size, frame/fork material do you prefer, if any?

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    I think I'd like to try the 27.5 wheels this time around as the 29s look like more than I need. As far as frame material I would prefer steel but it's not a deal breaker.

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    Buy a frame and build something. Or buy a bike with front suspension, sell/trade the fork for rigid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    Buy a frame and build something. Or buy a bike with front suspension, sell/trade the fork for rigid.
    I like that idea. Although the cost of a rigid fork is almost like buying a whole bike.

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    Looking for a rigid setup

    Giant has a few in the x-road series, like the ToughRoad models with either drop bars or flat bars.

    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/bikes/x-road

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    Quote Originally Posted by j102 View Post
    I like that idea. Although the cost of a rigid fork is almost like buying a whole bike.
    Buy used. There's a Niner RDO for sale here locally for like $250. I also had a Niner carbon (non-RDO) two years ago that I let go for like $150. Plenty of good deals out there. You could also go the Chinese route...maybe check the Chinese carbon fork thread and see what's good these days.
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    Get a frame that would use a 120mm suspension fork, then go here: Forks Archive - Carver Bikes

    I might suggest the Trail 490 fork.

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    Are 650bs close enough? If so,

    REI CTY 3.1, steel frame
    Salsa Journeyman flatbar, aluminum frame.

    If you are OK with drop bars there are a number of bikepacking bike and gravel bike options in both steel and aluminum frames.

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    My current ride is a Transition Trans AM with a Whiskey carbon fork on it. I'm running 2.6 Schwalbe Rocket Ron in the rear and a 2.8 Maxxis Rekon in the front. The bike absolutely rips. If I had to do it over, I might get a custom Iglehardt steel fork instead of the carbon Whiskey - not because I've had any issues with the Whiskey, but mostly because a rigid carbon fork still makes me nervous on such an otherwise burly bike.

    I'm not a huge fan of Transition's sliding rear dropout, though. I'd much rather see something with true linear sliders. Have you checked out Soma's B-Side or Riff?
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