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    Best rigid fork

    I ride 29er single speed, I'm big (240lbs) and ride pretty hard on tough single track. I'm looking to upgrade my stock ugly CroMoly forks. Question: will carbon fiber be suitable for the stress I put on gear? I'm looking at Origin 8 or maybe even Niner carbon forks (if I can swing the budget!). Others I should consider?

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    "Search" makes good forks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBass_
    "Search" makes good forks.
    (edit) Good on you for owning up

    To the OP, I just recently build up a rigid 29er and considered a carbon fork. Ended up going with a custom Walt Works cromo fork and am glad I did. After 5 months of riding it is beat to ***** but still perfectly functional. If I had gone carbon, it would have been replaced long ago. FWIW I'm 210 lb's fully loaded.
    Last edited by Chapped (o) Hole; 10-20-2010 at 03:59 PM.

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    Vassago Odis Fork

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    I would go with a custom steel like Walt Works or Vicious... I know a lot of carbon forks have weight limits a bit lower than what you weigh, and if it is going to have a bumpy life than steel is the way to go. Those custom forks can be made at pretty comparable weights to carbon.

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    I couldn't be happier with my Salsa. Low budget and sweet ride. I tried carbon, but I really couldn't feel much of a performance/compliance difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slalomnorth65
    Vassago Odis Fork
    i'll second that.

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    I've got the Niner carbon fork and it is a great fork, it took me a few months to get use to the rigid riding style and now I don't even miss the suspension. The Niner fork does a nice job of sucking up the small bumps and once I started really picking the smooth lines it's been great.

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    I rode a Black Ops carbon 29er fork for 2 years at 243lbs. The fork outlasted the KHS SS 29er frame I used the fork with easily. I rode the fork pretty hard on northern Nevada trails and a bunch of rough stuff in and around the Lake Tahoe area with no problems at all.
    I'm down to 200lbs and in the middle of switching the Black Ops fork over to a 2009 Haro Mary frame that I just purchased on ebay. I have the utmost confidence in the Black Ops.

    You'll be fine on a black Ops or similar/same White Brothers carbon fork. I think they are the same fork-only re-branded. Black Ops was less expensive however.

    good luck,

    JJ

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    I've had great results with the Shimano Pro carbon fork on my Misfit DiSSent. I'm around your size and I never feel like I have to shy away from anything.

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    white brothers Rock Solid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chapped Hole
    Leaving a comment like that makes you look like a jack a$$
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    I agree. My apologies to the OP.

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    Niner carbon all day long. A bit pricey but well worth it. I also had an Origin 8, nice fork for the price. Basically the same as a White Brothers for a fraction of the price.

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    Another vote for Vassago Odis fork, this is one sweet rigid fork!
    and the price isn't bad either!
    2008 Trek 69er SS
    2010 Vassago Jabberwocky SS

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    Niner carbon folk..

    Wasn't there a weight limit when it first launched? I like mine quite a bit- but it has a very different feel than steel.

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    Waltworks - It will be designed around your weight and will be custom "tuned" to have the ride properties you are looking for. Cheaper than Niner or White Brothers and backed with a Lifetime warranty!

    http://www.waltworks.com/dev/faq/forks.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Ark
    Waltworks - It will be designed around your weight and will be custom "tuned" to have the ride properties you are looking for. Cheaper than Niner or White Brothers and backed with a Lifetime warranty!

    http://www.waltworks.com/dev/faq/forks.php
    Yeah, I will third that option and add that my Waltworks fork is the smoothest rigid fork I have ever ridden. It tracks likes a rigid fork should, yet is super compliant. It will be custom made for your bike's geometry, your weight, and your riding style. He can even build one for a 20MM axle if that is your style.
    Thanks to www.weavercycleworks.com for my awesome bike frames!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBass_
    I agree. My apologies to the OP.
    nice move ... someone showing character in the SS forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprocket47
    I'm big (240lbs) and ride pretty hard on tough single track.
    Unless you have your heart set on a carbon fork, I also like the Waltworks. Walt will make a fork to suit your size and riding style. Not to mention the coolness factor of having something not pulled off an assembly line, but made just for you.

    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBass_
    "Search" makes good forks.
    I think this is an excellent post.

    I feel like the 29er forums might have more information.

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    Bling this and Bling that

    The best rigid fork for your money. Voodoo fork for $60 new.

    It as a rake so it rides so smooth and is solid.

    I KNOW because all my bikes have one. I tried a stright fork with no rake and boy it was rigid and it SUCKED the big one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slalomnorth65
    Vassago Odis Fork
    Finding one right now is the hard part.

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    Niner if you have the money otherwise the On One

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