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    Riding rigid in Chequamegon FTF - anyone?

    Curious, how many of you ride a rigid bike in the Cheq FTF? Are you faster on it, or has the experience been an uncomfortable one?

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    I "raced" the Cheq40 a few times with a 29" Ti, single speed, carbon fork and bar. I likely had a 2.4" front tire. I wasn't beat up. Your legs will be screaming, however. I assume you have done the race before and know the hills keep coming. IMHO, you will be faster with a front suspension w/lockout. But, the rigid won't let you down and you won't have to fiddle with it before the race.

    O.P. Be sure to post up and let us know how it goes.

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    I've ridden it on an aluminum hard tail and a full squish bike. I can't directly compare, but I know I'm not slower on the full squish bike. I generally lock the suspension out and the little bit of travel that you get is sufficient.
    I'm 44 years old, so I think a rigid bike would just be hard on the hands and lower back after about 3 hours. If it's what you ride currently and are used to then you shouldn't have a problem...

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    Did it last year on a rigid drop bar 29er. It wasn't my fastest time ever, but it wasn't my slowest either.

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    Yeah, I have done the '40' on 26", 29", and even 96ers! I think that the rigid ride would be tough but I do like the idea when it comes to climbing those hills.

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    worked for me

    The two fastest times I ever had for the 40 were with a rigid.

    The first time was in 1997 one my trusty Trek 920 with platform pedals and rigid front fork. finish time - 2:52

    The second time was last year on my rigid Niner Air 9 with a finish time of 2:45.

    I'm a clydesdale so I think that the rigid 29er really helped my climbing and keeping my speed up. Sure it beat me up a bit, but so does slower pace.

    I'm going rigid again this year.

    Good Luck.

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    tneker - I appreciate your thoughts. 2:45 is an awesome time - well done man!!!

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    Have to ask what gearing did everyone have.

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    Good question...

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    I was on a geared bike...

    22x36 crankset 12-28 cassette. Never left the 36 tooth ring.

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    I have done the FTF on a ss with 36-17 as my gearing. I have also done it with a 1X9 and was not impressed with my choice... The 32 tooth front ring left me looking for an easier gear on Fire Tower.

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    Went Rigid Last Year

    I road it last year on a rigid steel 1x9 29er. I had ridden previously on front suspended aluminum 29er and 26 inch bikes. Last year was my fasted time, but I thought I would have been much faster with a front suspension fork. I got kind of gun-shy by the end of the race and really slowed down.

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    I did my first Cheq 40 on a singlespeed (not rigid, though). Because I didn't know quite what to expect, I went with a 32x18 setup. It was perfect for the hills, especially at the end, but I lost a lot of time on the flats and downhills. One place in particular that it killed me was the rollout. I was spunout through half of it. If you're in halfway decent shape, I'd definitely recommend something beefier.

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    I did it last year. Steel 29er with a rigid steel fork. 2.4 tire up front, 2.25 in back. Upper body took a beating but I didn't regret the choice. Doing it again this year.

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    ran it rigid, will do it again. no reason for squish on that course

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