I'm in the process of building up a Big Dummy as a backcountry tourer. I'll use it as my in town grocery hauler but I also want it to be capable of comfortably handling miles of washboard dirt roads and moderate single track. A plan is in the works for a 2014 Great Divide MTB Route ride and the Grande Tonto will be my steed.
So, I'm looking at installing a suspension fork. I've read the info on the Surly page - 80 to 100mm of travel recommended and because of the BD geometry more of the weight will be on the front wheel so pre-load adjustment is a necessity.
I've also read the reports of the Riding the Spine group and they recommend a coil spring fork and no air.
I have a few questions before I do this:
Has anyone put a suspension fork on their BD? Any words of wisdom?
I'm not a big gear head and don't follow the year-to-year releases of components, so what is a good coil fork in the 80 to 100mm travel category? I'm on a budget, so I'm not opposed to older models. I was thinking about a RockShox Recon. I'm not looking for great feel or anything like that, I just want something to soak up a days worth of riding and something that's dependable. It should also have a lockout for around town riding.
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