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    best 26" disc fork under $125

    A slick disc only carbon fork would be awesome but all of them I'm seeing are rather spendy. What would you recommend in the under $125 range? I know a 1x1 fork would be tough as nails and the salsa cromoto looks alright as well but I would hate to overlook something that is much better for not much more money.

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    Mosso offer an aluminmun rigid fork on E-Bay. I have three of them. They are light as sh%t and cheap about $50. really a great fork. They ship from China and take a while, but are worth every penny. You won't be disappointed. try them,

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    I have a Salsa Chromoto on my Jamis Exile and it rocks. I weigh 220 and am about as subtle as a monkey on crack when I ride. The fork is tough, and gives a little more than the 1 X 1. I love mine.

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    Mosso also makes a CF on ebay, methinks.

    I have a dimension steel fork and it was fine. I'd probably get a Salsa if I were spending the monies.

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    Go for a 1x1 fork so you can run a big front tire.

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    does anyone know what the max tire size is for a Cromoto 26?

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    I have a set of 2.35 Shwalbe Big Apples on my 26'er Cromoto...plenty of room

    also the cromo's a great fork

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    not only which but should i?

    ive been shopping online for a rigid fork all evening. was just about to "pull the trigger" on a surly 1x1 but held off even tho i worked a helluva deal thru price matching @ cambria. i just cant decide if its the right move.

    heres the story...

    i blew the manitou mars fork on my beloved '01 stumpjumper this weekend & want to do sumthing pretty quick. i farted around with it last night & it looks bad. of course parts are impossible to find so i gotta send it to hippie tech just to find out what they can do & see how much more than the $150 estimate over the phone that they will actually charge. just duznt seem worth it. so afterwards i shopped replacement suspension forks. well i cant afford to spend the $ its gonna take to get anything decent & it just duznt seem right to throw a dart onto such a beautiful (in my biased opinion) bike.

    so i got the bright idea of going rigid. (that sounds kinda obscene ) looks to me like i can get a lotta fork for little money with the surly. gives me a chance to try sumthing new & if i dont like it at least i can ride my baby while i take my time finding decent front shocks for it. right?

    anybody here got suggestions or comments? yea or nay on the surly for an older stumpy ht? am i making any sense?

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    CRC has Nuke Proof CF forks for 125 Euros. I have my eye on this fork to upgrade my stock fork on my SS. From what I understand Nuke Proof makes their own forks, unlike the WB, Pace, Pro, Origin 8 which are all made by the same company.

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    Upgrade again! Spend the money. I got a White Brothers carbon for $274 on line after doing a little searching. Love it but I am a carbon hore!

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    @markaitch - I went through the same thing with my Phoenix. The Z2 BAM fork on it quit damping, a good replacement 80mm fork is $5-700, and it'd be a crying shame to put a cheap heavy fork on such a nice frame. So, after shopping around, I ended up with a rigid Kona P2 fork.

    One bit of advice to you is to make sure that whatever fork you choose has the appropriate A-C measurement to match the frame's design, so you don't mess up the handling. That's why I went with the Kona over a Salsa or Surly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleetdog
    does anyone know what the max tire size is for a Cromoto 26?
    If you mean the 425mm axle/crown version, then the answer is as big as you like - I'm using mine with a 29" wheel and there's still plenty of clearance for a 2.35" Rampage.

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    thanx for the input...
    well, i still have not been able to decide what to do. indecision has me in its grip.
    i actually did look at a kona p2, came off a shonky. i especially liked it because it was white which matches my stumpy. but the weight compared to other rigid forks? kona tech actually weighed one for me & it was 3.62 lbs, as much as the mars that i blew.
    the other rigid forks i looked at were all below 1100g. if im going to give up suspension, i at least want some weight loss. the surly i almost bought did say it was for 26' & 80mm.
    meanwhile, i am leaning back towards getting a suspension fork.
    yesterday i found a low-end 100 mm rockshox tora 289, its not the u-turn, but for about $150 & about 4 1/2 lbs i thought it would do for the time being since i am older & not very aggressive anymore.
    waddaya think? anybody?
    btw, wv_bob, where in wv are you? i lived in beckley for a couple years a while ago. beautiful country if you look past the mines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markaitch
    thanx for the input...
    well, i still have not been able to decide what to do. indecision has me in its grip.
    i actually did look at a kona p2, came off a shonky. i especially liked it because it was white which matches my stumpy. but the weight compared to other rigid forks? kona tech actually weighed one for me & it was 3.62 lbs, as much as the mars that i blew.
    the other rigid forks i looked at were all below 1100g. if im going to give up suspension, i at least want some weight loss. the surly i almost bought did say it was for 26' & 80mm.
    meanwhile, i am leaning back towards getting a suspension fork.
    yesterday i found a low-end 100 mm rockshox tora 289, its not the u-turn, but for about $150 & about 4 1/2 lbs i thought it would do for the time being since i am older & not very aggressive anymore.
    waddaya think? anybody?
    btw, wv_bob, where in wv are you? i lived in beckley for a couple years a while ago. beautiful country if you look past the mines.
    Personally I let where & how I ride dictate what I ride.

    In the winter when our PNW hardpack has turned to mud and the high country is under snow and rides are shorter and speeds are slower, I ride rigid. But this time of year, when I'm bombing 8 mile long chattery descents with roots, rocks, switchbacks, braking bumps and extended stretches that require endless brake lever squeezing, I wouldn't consider a non-suspended front end.

    Seems like if you're not sure which way to go, a rigid fork would probably do just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markaitch
    btw, wv_bob, where in wv are you?
    I'm in Barboursville.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henrymiller1
    Mosso offer an aluminmun rigid fork on E-Bay. I have three of them. They are light as sh%t and cheap about $50. really a great fork. They ship from China and take a while, but are worth every penny. You won't be disappointed. try them,
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    I can put that surly fork on a scale if you want but AFAIR they claim a little over 2lbs. I ended up using a fork from Redline 29'er since it had the right axle to crown ($35 off craigslist).

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