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    Good rigid fork for SC Chameleon??

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    Quick Q and thanks to those for helped me out in my last post about making a Santa Cruz Chameleon single speed. I have two Chameleons and would like to break one down for a more winter-friendly commuter. To me, that means ditching the shock and throwing on a rigid fork. It's a blue bike so I'd love a black one. Any good suggestions on solid/affordable rigid shocks out there? I know none...Thanks!

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    How about a Kona Project 2 steel fork . Or a Mosso aluminium one.


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    Salsa CroMoto.
    Stainless dropouts, and better build quality than my original GT Peace jobs.

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    Soul Cycles will soon have some of their new rigid forks available at good prices. Their Hooligan fork would probably be a nice match to your Chameleon.

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    I've read positive reports of running the Surly Instigator fork (only comes in black) on Chameleons. Stick a 29" wheel up front!

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    I ran a surly instigator(4" suspension corrected) on a chamaleon for the better part of a year, worked great! This was an older chameleon (circa 2000) so I'm not sure if the newer ones have a drastically newer geometry... However, it was definitly shorter then a 4" fox... Which isn't nesasarly bad...but I'd say it's closer to a 80mm fork... of course it does not sag or get shorter when you hit a rock so maybe it is closer to a 100mm in practice... Anyways it rode great. They're super cheap, and easy to get through QBP, albeit a little heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cockroach
    Salsa CroMoto.
    Stainless dropouts, and better build quality than my original GT Peace jobs.
    I'd second the Salsa forks - excellent quality for not that much money - and, as was suggested in the recommendation for the Surly forks, if you get the 425mm Cromoto's you can fit a 29" wheel with the biggest tyre you would want to use in there and with room to spare.

    I'm using that set-up on my '95 Explosif and it's the best thing I ever did.

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    I'm using a 420mm A-C fork on a chameleon and it definately needs a taller rigid fork. I'd look into a 29er fork since the Chameleon frame wants a 120-140mm fork. If you're running discs the extra height wont matter.

    If you run a shorter fork you'll get a lot more pedal strikes and BMX-like twitchy handling at any speed. Out of the saddle climbing often requires steering adjustments because the steering is so sensitive with a shorter rigid fork.

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