Hey all! Not sure where this post should actually go. Looked for a 26" MTB specific forum and there isn't one. So, this looked like the best place, really.
I got my hands on a Specialized Hardrock frame for free. It came with an 80mm travel fork, but the fork is one of those cheap ones...RST or something like that.....and is all shot to ****. No matter! I don't want a suspension fork. I'm looking for a rigid fork to build up something like this:
sabrosa cycles: quite possibly the ugliest thing I have ever built
....only in a 26" format with plans for an eventual 650b conversion. There's enough clearance in the frame (and suspension fork, for reference.....s'why I believe a sus correct fork would work for my intention >>>)for 650b wheels/tires. Definitely in 2.1" and probably up to 2.3.
I've looked at and deliberated over a 29'r, but....meh....I just don't like how they handle. I'm quite used to and relish a snappier, more agile ride. I'm 5'7, but the 29'r size/fitment itself isn't what turns me off. It's the feeling of riding a tank when I just want a Jeep.
I haven't been able to spot what I'm looking for in google searches. I've only found something like the Salsa and Surly forks. I don't want any rake/bend to the blades, just some offset in the crown area.....much like in the photo above. Also, I'd much prefer that the blades did not taper so much as with the Salsa fork. More of a uniform blade like....again......in the photos. Oh.....and I'd rather not have disc tabs. But, if I had to go that way, I would. It just needs to have canti/v-brake bosses. Wanting to minimize the weight, eh! No carbon, though! Thanks....just steel would be great.
I hope this is not something I'm gonna have to look at going custom. Otherwise, I will just scrap the idea. Budget build and free frame, afterall. That in mind, sub $60 range is what I'm shooting for.
Anyway, any input you guys might have to "steer" me in the desired direction would be great. Thank you kindly!
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