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    New question here. 5" suspension fork to rigid?

    I'm looking to convert my 26" hardtail (v-brakes) into basically a hybrid type bike mainy for road use. Right now it has a 5" travel suspension fork, would putting a 100mm travel corrected rigid fork (like the surly instigator) drop the frame too low in front? What about an 80mm like the surly 1x1? Are there any other fork options I should consider in the price range around $100?

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    I've tried the Instigator on some bikes (Rockhoppers) designed for 100mm forks, and I find it too small even on those. I've liked the Instigator best on a Giant STP frame designed around an 80mm fork.

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    Right now it has a 5" travel suspension fork, would putting a 100mm travel corrected rigid fork (like the surly instigator) drop the frame too low in front?
    Surly Instigator Fork, axle to crown = 447mm

    If you want to raise the frame more then use a longer fork.

    Surly Karate Monkey Rigid 29r Fork, axle to crown = 468mm

    * a V-brake couldn't be used on the 29er fork when fitted with a 26" wheel, it'd have to be a disc set up only.

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    What model/year is your hardtail?
    There weren't many v-brake hardtails designed for 5-inch travel forks (more likely 80-100mm), and for road use, you probably don't want a really slack headtube angle.
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    Voodoo Zombie is 470mm, a little heavier than the Surly, but much cheaper. It's a 29er 80mm / 26er 130mm suspension corrected fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaizer
    Voodoo Zombie is 470mm, a little heavier than the Surly, but much cheaper. It's a 29er 80mm / 26er 130mm suspension corrected fork.
    Though not v-brake compatible

    OP, any hardtail with a 130mm fork will have a slack HT angle and a high BB. Since you plan on using it as a "hybrid" it is not going to hurt to run a shorter fork that steepens the HT angle and lowers the BB. I like the Kona P2 440mm fork

    http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.a...m=010435000103

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    Though not v-brake compatible

    OP, any hardtail with a 130mm fork will have a slack HT angle and a high BB. Since you plan on using it as a "hybrid" it is not going to hurt to run a shorter fork that steepens the HT angle and lowers the BB. I like the Kona P2 440mm fork

    http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.a...m=010435000103
    There are two versions of it. One is disc brakes only, the other's with both options. It even comes with adjustable vbrake mounts for both 26er & 29er.
    http://www.voodoocycles.net/components.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    Though not v-brake compatible

    OP, any hardtail with a 130mm fork will have a slack HT angle and a high BB. Since you plan on using it as a "hybrid" it is not going to hurt to run a shorter fork that steepens the HT angle and lowers the BB. I like the Kona P2 440mm fork

    http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.a...m=010435000103
    This seems like a great option, I will go with this. Thanks for the replies everyone

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