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    26" rigid fork

    Can anyone recommend a rigid fork for my commuter/all purpose bike? It spends most of its time on sealed surfaces, but occasionally gets dirty.

    I liked the look of the on-one cromo fork until postage came to £30.

    Keen for it to be suspension corrected for 100mm travel if possible and weight isn't a huge issue.

    Something like the Surley Instigator looks about right, but i would prefer something that looks like the on-one fork if at all possible.

    Am I overlooking anything? If not i'll probably just grab one of the Surley forks. With free postage from wiggle it looks like a good deal

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    The Salsa fork is a little longer than the Surly fork (425mm vs 418mm) and reviews very well. At exactly the same price, I'd take the Salsa. It is suspension corrected for an 85mm travel fork however.

    For the look you're after, there doesn't appear to be many options in steel other than the OnOne you already mentioned. Some carbon forks are a similar price, when you factor in shipping.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    rigid fork

    Hi Al,
    try and get a second hand (or new Pace RC 31 (yes it's 26" wheel size) I used to have one and they are great will take disc and vee brakes with adapter go to www.retrobike.co.uk and keep looking into auction watch under Pace

    Steve

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    Thanks guys.

    Steve - the Salsa looks pretty good. I'm sure any of these will do the job, so it isn't a massive decision. Is there going to be a distinguishable difference between the feel of steel and alloy?

    Steve 2, I'll keep an eye on that auction site.

    It is probably down to the Surley and Salsa. Ease of purchasing is a factor and you can't go past Wiggle or CRC

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    Kona P2. Cheap- light and bomb proof. Forget carbon it's like riding a plastic spoon.

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    Surly 1x1

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    rigid 26er

    Hi Al,
    forgot to emntion Surly ans Salsa available from Dirtworks

    Steve

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    Thanks. The dirtworks site looks like it is playing up from this end though

    The 1x1 is $105 with free postage from wiggle and the instigator is $113. I was running an 80mm fork on this bike for a while and much prefer the geometry now i've gone to 100mm, so i think the instigator is the way to go.

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    Someone mentioned this to me... these guys sell lots of carbon frames on ebay.

    Probably an awful idea, but tempting.

    http://www.flyxii.com/products_1.asp?menuid=315&id=315

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    wouldn't trust it off road
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    The Surly 1x1 does the job, suits older frames which had 85 mm forks. Plenty strong. Not bling though. Just about anything else looks better.

    That FLYXII is a road fork. Don't even think it.

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    I'm wondering now if i would be better off just setting my fixie up as a SS for the ride to work. I love it and if i can make the eno hub work with a rear brake it might be the best option.

    It looked like lining the rim up with a caliper might be a challenge, but it is probably the easiest and cheapest option.

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    I ended up doing the above, and am back on my single speed. I put a fat mtb bar on it though to feel more at home and distinguish myself from the inner city hipsters. Pretty happy with it though - with two brakes, a freewheel and its 700x23 setup it is really fast and comfortable. I've managed to set it up to feel very similar to the hardtail which will make the change at weekends less confusing

    Thanks for the suggestions, but going this way seemed to make more sense.

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    pics?
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    I'll get some tonight... was lazy and drove in today

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    This is how it looks now. It has a 660mm bar on it which sets it apart from most in the city



    Considering getting a cheap fork and building up the spare mtb frame SS now though. I had forgotten how much i like them... this is great, but i miss being able to jump off everything and ride down stairs etc. It is actually helpful when riding through the city every day...

    I have the frame, brakes and a nice set of wheels already. Tempted

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    For 26 years I rode a Finish made rigid Scorpion along the Great Dividing Range, shock horror ... but I'll admit to being a slow learner. I ain't too proud.

    Even one neurone thinker Vic Kongs ... can learn to go boing boing.

    ... but I doubt that the half whited Vic Cong can rub two neurones together collectively ... hey Hud and your lame arsed sibling?

    Are you Vic Kong Fags still back slapping each other after another after your totally under whelming weekend ride? ... or did I even need to ask?

    Hey you Victorian queers ... or should I call you Vicqueers? ... tighten your cheeks.

    Hey Victorian Girly Mates, unless you queens are black-slapping each other here? .... why are you queers on this site?

    Warren.
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    Welcome back Warren,
    We've missed your sexist, homophobic racist rants!

    P.S. Why do you find the need to edit everyone of your posts?

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    Oh Wassa, you really are something special aren't you?

    Do moderators actually read anything in this forum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by al_
    This is how it looks now. It has a 660mm bar on it which sets it apart from most in the city



    Considering getting a cheap fork and building up the spare mtb frame SS now though. I had forgotten how much i like them... this is great, but i miss being able to jump off everything and ride down stairs etc. It is actually helpful when riding through the city every day...

    I have the frame, brakes and a nice set of wheels already. Tempted
    G'day al_,

    Like the look of ya' bike.
    Looks race ready (almost) for the cyclocross season next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wild Wassa
    I'll admit to being a slow learner...
    Warren.
    We're all nodding in agreement to this Warren.
    The twenty-nine inch wheel.

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    Memo to self - don't go on internet after drinking.

    Nice bike Al !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wild Wassa
    For 26 years I rode a Finish made rigid Scorpion along the Great Dividing Range, shock horror ... but I'll admit to being a slow learner. I ain't too proud.

    Even one neurone thinker Vic Kongs ... can learn to go boing boing.

    ... but I doubt that the half whited Vic Cong can rub two neurones together collectively ... hey Hud and your lame arsed sibling?

    Are you Vic Kong Fags still back slapping each other after another after your totally under whelming weekend ride? ... or did I even need to ask?

    Hey you Victorian queers ... or should I call you Vicqueers? ... tighten your cheeks.

    Hey Victorian Girly Mates, unless you queens are black-slapping each other here? .... why are you queers on this site?

    Warren.
    Queer back-slapping is my preferred online activity.

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    Been back on this for a week now and have used it a fair bit.

    Single speed is definately the way to go for a commuter. I'm really happy with it. At 8kgs it is relatively light and cruises along nicely.

    I was running about 72 or 73 inches fixed before, but had to go up to a 16t freewheel to get the right thread size which has dropped it down to under 65 inches now. I thought it would be stupidly spinny, but i like it more. I rarely want to go over 27-28kph on the flat, and this gets there nicely.

    I don't usually store cooking stuff on the bookshelf either, but i'm struggling for cupboard space...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wild Wassa
    For 26 years I rode a Finish made rigid Scorpion along the Great Dividing Range, shock horror ... but I'll admit to being a slow learner. I ain't too proud.

    Even one neurone thinker Vic Kongs ... can learn to go boing boing.

    ... but I doubt that the half whited Vic Cong can rub two neurones together collectively ... hey Hud and your lame arsed sibling?

    Are you Vic Kong Fags still back slapping each other after another after your totally under whelming weekend ride? ... or did I even need to ask?

    Hey you Victorian queers ... or should I call you Vicqueers? ... tighten your cheeks.

    Hey Victorian Girly Mates, unless you queens are black-slapping each other here? .... why are you queers on this site?

    Warren.
    Brilliant Wassa. Thanks for the laugh bud.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by al_
    Considering getting a cheap fork and building up the spare mtb frame SS now though. I had forgotten how much i like them... this is great, but i miss being able to jump off everything and ride down stairs etc. It is actually helpful when riding through the city every day...
    .................., furthermore, it sounds like you need a 29er!
    Maybe one like this:-

    26" rigid fork-26082010189.jpg

    ...it loves stairs!!

    P.S. your 'kitchen extension' looks as bad as my 'shed' verandah

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog
    Oh Wassa, you really are something special aren't you?
    Indeed. His lame insults remind me of the kids in the special class back in school, and my guess is the reason he keeps editing posts is that he's still getting used to his latest computer:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Carver96er
    .................., furthermore, it sounds like you need a 29er!
    Maybe one like this:-

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    ...it loves stairs!!

    P.S. your 'kitchen extension' looks as bad as my 'shed' verandah
    I'm actually getting more comfortable on the road style bike. It takes a bit more care as the tyres/wheels can't take the abuse of the mtb ones, and the skinny tyres aren't much fun in the ruts/wet grates/tram lines etc i come across constantly. The big issue is that this frame has lots of toe overlap, which i'm used to but still catches me out.

    I'm thinking i'll do a super cheap and basic rigid SS 26" build to use up some spare parts. I have a frame, wheels, tyres and brakes so won't need much. Disks, tough wheels and tyres and more sensible geometry will make me feel a bit safer anyway.

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    I won this a couple of weeks ago and it just arrived.



    $80 with a new Cane Creek headset seemed reasonable, and it is in great condition. Most importantly it has an uncut steerer which i need as the headtube is long.

    It will take a massive front tyre which is good (i like the idea of riding on sand...), and will save heaps of weight. Also changing to 1x9 to distinguish the bike from my main one.

    I would have rather a 100mm suspension corrected fork, but this makes more sense.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Liked the 1x1 so much i decided to commit to riding rigid... on this bike.

    Switched it over to SS with XT cranks and new A2Z kit for the back. Feels promising so far, but will hit the trails tomorrow to see how it goes.



    Seat is way up as it has been used on the road the last few rides, but this is what it looks like. 32 16 worked for chain tension, but i put a tensioner in anyway so it can remain right when the chain stretches a bit. The hydros i bought for it need the hoses shortened, so the bb7s will stay for now.


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    Nice Pug.
    The twenty-nine inch wheel.

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