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    Budget rigid fork for suspended 26" gary fischer

    Got a 26' gary fischer that is in awesome shape. It's got a huge fork on the thing, and I'm looking to put a rigid on it and wondered what forks folks recommend on a tight budget. I was thinking a carbon from like nashbar, but have heard they aren't much lighter than some non-caron forks. So should I put a cheap carbon on it, or just find an aluminum and throw on it. Needs bosses for rim brakes. Thanks all that provide input!

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    It would help to know the travel on your sus fork. Pics can also help. I like the Salsa cromoto forks, the shorter 425 axle to crown has bosses. Surly forks can also be a good choice. Dimension could also be a good budget buy and is the cheapest. Although, if you are thinking carbon I'm surprised budget is an issue. I will say, IMO, it will probably be better to spend money on a non- carbon fork. It should be cheaper and tougher. Unless you are worried about weight, I think you will get more bang for your budget buck going non-carbon.
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    Thanks for the info. Here's a pic of the bike, I'm thinking she may have to much fork for the bike, but that's the way I acquired it.

    Most likely any carbon forks will be out due to price alone, but I was curious about all opinions and would like to look into anything people mention. I was actually planning on building a rigid 29'er, but not really worth the $$ for me to do so when this bike is fine for the amount of dirt I ride.


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    It looks like you have both bosses for Vs and a disc tab on the frame, which I would think puts the frame around the early to mid 2000s. I can't tell you if the fork has too much travel for the frame, but I will say you will have to get a rigid fork with an a-c that matches the sus fork a-c if you like the way it rides now. The 425 cro-moto fork is sus corrected for an 80mm travel fork. The 445 version, disc only, is sus corrected for a 100mm sus fork. I would try to measure the a-c on your current fork when in the sag position and look at rigid forks corrected for your travel that match closely to that measurement. I would also perhaps look at Bicycle Blue Book - Trade With Confidence if you think that the fork you have isn't original. You should be able to see the original build specs which should give you a little more info to work with to help you make a decision.
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    Thanks for the link and the info. Judging by the paint scheme she's a 2006 GF Marlin and I don't have the original fork.

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