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    OPINIONS: Aluminum rigid fork or suspension fork for 9yr old's bike?

    My son is currently riding a 24" hotrock. It has a crap suspension fork that I once weighed at coming in at nearly 6 pounds. The fork on my bike only weighs a little less than 4 pounds!

    Anyways, I'm starting to plan a build on his first 26er. So far I have a 14" Giant aluminum frame and a set of light wheels that I built up with parts garnered off ebay.

    When it comes to the fork I'm not sure which way to go. I've been watching ebay for old RS 63mm Sids(around 3 pounds), but I can't believe what these things are selling for! Does anyone else know of any other options when it comes to light suspension forks- new or used?

    On the other hand I can't help but think my son doesn't even need a suspension fork. He's a 9 year old afterall. When I was 9 I was riding around jumping and stuff on a 40# POS.

    I see aluminum rigid forks on ebay for around $60 that weigh 2 pounds or less.

    Opinions are welcome.

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    Go rigid and put a 2.4 or bigger tire up front and run it around 20 psi.

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    My son is 8 and I'm looking to move him from his BMX mini bike to a trail bike.

    I'm purposely looking for bikes with rigid forks as that's all they need.

    Since this is a project bike, I'm also possibly leaning towards convertible my wife's XS Rockhopper frame for him. In which case I will be looking at a chromoly rigid fork.
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    Check my build log Another Performance Access. Origin 8 steel fork 1100+ grams and like $80 at local bike shop.

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    Sorry...2.0 tire with it at 20psi

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    He will like a suspension fork with a lighter tire better, it will ride better than a rigid fork with a big fat heavy tire. I thought about sticking a rigid fork on my sons bike just so he would learn his bike handling before giving him any suspension, but I had an old Sid laying around so I through that on instead.

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    OPINIONS: Aluminum rigid fork or suspension fork for 9yr old's bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp View Post
    He will like a suspension fork with a lighter tire better, it will ride better than a rigid fork with a big fat heavy tire. I thought about sticking a rigid fork on my sons bike just so he would learn his bike handling before giving him any suspension, but I had an old Sid laying around so I through that on instead.
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    OPINIONS: Aluminum rigid fork or suspension fork for 9yr old's bike?

    Wow no kidding. Don't know how I stumbled across it and didn't even bother looking at the date

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    These threads get resurrected because it is a timeless problem and one that will probably not be solved any time soon: limited options to heavy useless suspension forks on kid's bikes. I think it is good that they are resurrected though as it keeps us from re-answering the same question over and over.
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