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    Rigid Forks - What's Good?

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    Looking to turn an unused 29er frame into something a bit more gravelly. I'm looking for a rigid fork with the following:

    Suspension corrected for 100mm
    Disc brake mount

    Prefer it to have:
    15 x 100 thru axle
    Tapered steerer


    But could be OK with straight and QR if really cheap.
    What's a good price out there? I can't afford Whisky prices. Steel? Any recommendations on Chinese carbon brands? What's good?
    Thanks

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    So your looking for this then.

    https://www.charliethebikemonger.com...RoCsiIQAvD_BwE

    The salsa cro. Comes in tapered 15x100.

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    If you are not wanting to pony up the cash for a good carbon rigid fork, another vote for the Salsa. I always considered these forks one of the better production steel forks for the money. Over the years, I have had several 26 & 29 QR versions. Still run one of the straight steerer thru-axle versions on my Kona Unit. These were 80mm corrected. The current thru-axle version now is only available in tapered and 100mm corrected.

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    Surly forks are cheap, but they all have straight steerers.

    Carbon cycles has some good tapered/carbon options that are cheap, though I can't speak to their quality: https://www.discobrakes.com/?s=0&t=2...Cycles%20Shop&

    Aliexpress is loaded with generic carbon forks in different configurations. Very cheap. Quality is who knows and customer service is likely to be non-existent.
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    "Carbon fiber" and "cheap" do not go together when yer talking forks. If you are on a budget, stick with steel. It's more compliant than my carbon Niner fork.

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    Surly has some forks that would work. I love the ride of my Ogre fork and all of the attachment braze-ons, but it is not suspension corrected so I am tempted to upgrade to the Krampus fork or the Karate Monkey fork for the additional axle to crown space.

    I also had a Vassago ODIS fork that I liked, but it didn't have all of the braze-ons I wanted.

    I found both the Ogre and the Odis used and was happy with the price paid.
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    I have 3 cromoto forks for 26ers. It's a great no nonsense fork. I wasn't aware you could still get them. So if you can, grab that fork. It seems in the last few years it's been harder to find rigid steel forks in general. Surly still has a few options, but other options seem rare lately.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    I have this on my Unit, and its a great fork. Not sure if it meets all your needs.

    https://www.somafab.com/archives/pro...scv-canti-fork

    Very similar to the Salsa, so not sure if its just branded different.
    Surly Krampus
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    I have this on my Unit, and its a great fork. Not sure if it meets all your needs.

    https://www.somafab.com/archives/pro...scv-canti-fork

    Very similar to the Salsa, so not sure if its just branded different.
    Looks close, but the Salsa has stainless dropouts bonded to the fork.

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    I have a black Surly Karate Monkey fork sitting idle. Steel, disc brake mounts, 15x100 TA, long steer tube (I keep mine as long as possible) but I believe that it is a straight tube.

    I did put a non name Chinese carbon fork on a Lynskey M290 Ti bike. On moderate gravel it was ok. Once I got on anything a bit rougher, it jarred me nearly to death.

    The MRP Rock Solid is supposedly a good fork. I was going with one until I got an amazing deal on a Lauf 29" trail racer, I believe. Best fork I've ever owned.
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