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    To fork, or not to fork?

    I ride a 20" 2004 Bianchi SASS singlespeed. I want to race it.

    What are your thoughts on throwing a suspension fork on this sucker? Do I stick with rigid, or go soft?

    I am thinking of throwing on a suspension fork just for races. I wouldn't mind throwing my rigid back on for my regular x-country-type rides.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on what fork to get, or whether or not I should do it?

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    I'd vote just the opposite

    My take would be backwards of your own. I have a Jamis Dragon that I converted to rigid singlespeed about two years ago. I just ordered a Marzocchi Marathon fork for it 'cause I'm tired of getting beat up on the downhill sections of some of my XC rides. That being said, however, I'd switch back to rigid for most races and use the suspension fork for fun rides. Light for races, plush for fun. Mind you though, I'm not some super-fast racer type. The fastest ss-ers I know all ride rigid, but they're muy macho and I just sit at a desk all day.

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    Ride it rigid! Race it rigid!


    Quote Originally Posted by Biking Brazilian
    I ride a 20" 2004 Bianchi SASS singlespeed. I want to race it.

    What are your thoughts on throwing a suspension fork on this sucker? Do I stick with rigid, or go soft?

    I am thinking of throwing on a suspension fork just for races. I wouldn't mind throwing my rigid back on for my regular x-country-type rides.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on what fork to get, or whether or not I should do it?

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    beefy forearms

    aerohead,

    i rode a local trail that's known for being rocky (it's raining here in NorCal, so I needed something held up through the rain...) and I had to stop a few times to allow my forearms to regain consciousness. i think i would be able to handle the rigidity of a rigid during a race, but it would be brutal. at least on a rec ride i can stop and chill out whenever i'd like.

    so a Marzocchi Marathon you say, eh? hmmm, i'll check that bad boy out...how do they compare to the Psylo's? Psylo's seem to be at a good price point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnin' Love
    Ride it rigid! Race it rigid!
    Burnin' Love, I think I might just suck it up and do as you say!

    I ride 2.4 Mutano Raptor's and I might just go down to 26 psi for natural suspension.

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    keep it real, keep it FUSSY yo.

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    The '03 Marathons are price competitve right now...$350 is pretty easy to find. My wife has a Psylo and likes it, but I have no experience with it myself. As for rigid v suspended, I guess its all in what you like. I've ridden rigid exclusively for about two years now and loved it. I don't see buying the Marathon as replacing the Surly fork...just adding to my arsenal. And the cause may be conditioning...its early in the year and I have mostly been logging road miles (it rains a lot here in Georgia in the winter/spring) and maybe I've just gotten soft. But really I just want it because there are times/trails that I just want to bomb down as fast as I can without having to stop to make sure the flesh hasn't actually separated from my bones, like it feels it has. I think there are times and places for both rigid and suspended. I recommend both. Like KgB (one of those fast riders I mentioned earlier) said in another post, have you ever regretted spending money on this habit? I haven't either.

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    If rigid is really beating you, damaging in a premenant way, try changing your stem set up before the fork.


    Take care.



    Quote Originally Posted by Biking Brazilian
    Burnin' Love, I think I might just suck it up and do as you say!

    I ride 2.4 Mutano Raptor's and I might just go down to 26 psi for natural suspension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    keep it real, keep it FUSSY yo.
    Sorry but I went from FUSSY to P***Y because my arms and hands were killing me on 4 hour rides on the rigid fork.

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    Idea! Why not...

    Quote Originally Posted by Biking Brazilian
    I am thinking of throwing on a suspension fork just for races. I wouldn't mind throwing my rigid back on for my regular x-country-type rides.
    keep it rigid at least for the first race and see how it goes. With the sussy fork, what you gain on the downs in terms of comfort and cush may be offset by the bob and weight on the ups.

    I gotta believe that the Principle of Specificity applies here; to wit, if you normally ride rigid, then race rigid.
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    are you racing to win, or have fun?

    If you're serious about your racing, I would think rigid is the way (perhaps w/longer training rides on the boinger). If the latter, do what is more fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aerohead
    My take would be backwards of your own. I have a Jamis Dragon that I converted to rigid singlespeed about two years ago. I just ordered a Marzocchi Marathon fork for it 'cause I'm tired of getting beat up on the downhill sections of some of my XC rides. That being said, however, I'd switch back to rigid for most races and use the suspension fork for fun rides. Light for races, plush for fun. Mind you though, I'm not some super-fast racer type. The fastest ss-ers I know all ride rigid, but they're muy macho and I just sit at a desk all day.

    -aerohead
    I agree completely. I still ride/race a sussy because I prefer it however, if I had a choice between them, I might give the rigid a shot at the race. I use an 02 Marathon with a claimed weight of only 3.2 lbs. so if you want sussy and can find one used or otherwise, I'd give that a shot.
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