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    Air 9 to commute to work + ride trails on the way home

    I'm building an Air 9 to commute to work so it'll be a budget build (hopefully, it'll probably end up over budget). I want to get a fork that has full lock out capabilities and is good on the trail but doesn't break the bank. I have tried the SID Solo Air and even locked I could still compress it. $500-600 range. What do y'all recommend? The fork will be the part I'll spend the most $ on so I'd like for it to be something I can move to another frame if I grow into using a 29er as my primary bike. Currently all my bikes are 26"s..
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    You could go rigid like mine with Vulpine 2.1 semi slicks and Niner Carbon fork.


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    If you need squish and lockout I have had a few Reba forks and never had a major issue with them. You need to adjust the floodgate setting to get the lockout to work fully on some models. I have a Reba XX on my Jet9 with hydraulic lockout and it works fine. I wouldn't be too worried about a small amount of fork compression when locked out for commuting. If you have good pedalling technique it shouldn't sap any noticable energy at all.

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