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    Best rigid 29er fork? Carbon, alloy or steel.

    I posted this in the 29er forum but haven't had any response.

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    I have a carbon rigid fork and am looking at building up a second bike. I like the On One, White Bros style of fork. I already know the ride of the carbon but are a steel or alloy fork a good choice too? I know the carbon is lighter but weight isn't a huge issue.


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    Never ride an alloy fork. They are stiff. Steel is cheap and rides nice. Carbon is expensive but lighter than steel.

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    Try a Ti Black Sheep fork,
    http://www.blacksheepbikes.com
    Black Sheep...where it'ss at!!
    "I'm not known for my patience. Patience is a polite quality and often appropriate, but it rarely gets things done. Impatience, however, is the hunger for results and intolerance for excuses and delays." LA

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    i like steel a lot.. just switched to a KM fork after selling my tora (good riddance!). however next season with the money i was saving for suspension i will probably buy a carbon fork.

    my vote goes with steel, because it's not going to ever break, and it has a nice flex and cushion (as far as a rigid metal tube can take you). damping on the front end (steel) is noticeably better than on the back end of my bike (aluminum), so i would say steel is much more cush.

    that said, i'd buy carbon if i had the money. but i dont trust myself not to break it, and the karate monkey fork was only $70.

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    Wish Salsa would make a 29er Cromoto, 'cause I sure like mine.

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    surly makes a dirt cheap cromoly fork for about 100 bucks.

    it's awesome.

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    The BEST

    I've tried steel, carbon and Ti.

    The best, if you have money AND patience, is the Jeff Jones Truss Fork OR Blacksheep Faith Fork of course. I was lucky enough to ride them both before I had to plunk down a bunch of dough.

    WARNING: This is classic behavior for someone to purchase something, and then to convince themselves that they made a good purchase decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggity
    Wish Salsa would make a 29er Cromoto, 'cause I sure like mine.
    They do.

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    I put a steel groovy fork on my IF SS 29er and it the best rigid I have used so far
    Last edited by smaxor; 04-09-2009 at 09:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eat_dirt
    surly makes a dirt cheap cromoly fork for about 100 bucks.

    it's awesome.

    yes that's the one i bought. i totally dig it .. but btw, you can find it for $70 online

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