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    Huh? 29er rigid as smooth as 26er with susp fork?

    At a recent race I was talking with a guy who was saying that he felt his 29er rigid was as smooth as his 26er with suspension fork. Yeah, I'll bite on the larger contact patch, etc. but I have a hard time biting on claim that a rigid rides as smoothly as a suspension, regardless of tire size. I really like rigid SS, but they (at least my 26er) beat up my 57 yr old joints (tendinitis and shoulder impingement doesn't help) too much. I'd be all over a 29er rigid SS if I thought I could tolerate it. Trying to find one to ride, but the few that I see on the trails won't fit me. Trails I ride on are pretty benign, with nothing more than 1-2 ft drops at most. Comments?

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    Pure fairy tale. I ride both, a rigid and a hard tail and I can assure you the rigid's ride is nothing like a 26er with suspension fork.

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    Did he have a carbon fork? I have a rigid 29er with a ho-hum steel fork, as well as a 26er with front suspension. I donít know how a carbon fork would feel like, but my rigid 29er is in no way as comfortable as the 26er with suspension. However, it is faster. It keeps its momentum better over all parts of the trail, but is less comfortable while doing so.

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    No...but a 29er rigid is smoother than a 26er rigid

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    I didn't notice what type of fork he had, but his frame was what appeared to be a low end, crappily welded steel frame. Guessing he had a low end fork also...

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    Ahhhh... nope...
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    Actually, it's true...but only if the trail is "smooth", hehe.

    On normal trails, yes I agree with everyone, it's all a lie. Carbon, steel, whatever, a rigid fork will beat you up compared to a squishy 26er, but I guess that's one of the reasons why we love it!

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    a ridgid is a ridgid... you just adapt as time goes.

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    My rigid 29er actually goes out to the trails while I'm sleeping and smooths out the bumps with a square point shovel. In the morning it brings me my shoes, and dampens the vibrations coming from the zipper of my jacket and the velcro tabs on my boutique shorts.
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