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    What fork for SS

    What travel fork are ya runnin on you SS. I bought a Juan Solo and want to get a susp. fork, any suggestions? 80mm or 100mm

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    Rigid dude. You asked about a bike fork not a pogo stick. Right?

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    rigid also

    I'd also suggest a rigid fork. I've been very happy with my Kelly fork, much nicer ride then the Kona P2. It would look dead sexy on the Juan Solo.

    If you must have suspension a Fox Terralogic fork is the way to go. I am obliged by myself to mention that I'll be selling my F80X in a couple weeks.
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    <table><tr><td><img src="https://www.bikemannetwork.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/Alt-Bimage/BTI-CK118261B.jpg"><td valign=center align=left>&lt;-- Fork<p>Suspension--&gt;<td><img src="https://www.bullteksports.com/catalog/pictures/Maxxis/MinionDH.JPG" height=475></table>

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    Yes sir. Always ride 2.35 on the front. Hey ride it until it breaks, I always say. Did that just a couple of weeks ago down at the 12 hours of Oleta. About 8 hours into she couldnt stand anymore and snapped above the headset. Hey it could have been worse. A divine Angelic intervention kept me from impaleing myself on any number of nasty articles of torture on that course. As my dearly departed Mom used to tell me....Stay Prayed up my Son!

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    If it were me, I would get the Fox F80X. I LOVE mine on my single speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    <table><tr><td><img src="https://www.bikemannetwork.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/Alt-Bimage/BTI-CK118261B.jpg"><td valign=center align=left>&lt;-- Fork<p>Suspension--&gt;<td><img src="https://www.bullteksports.com/catalog/pictures/Maxxis/MinionDH.JPG" height=475></table>


    Guess I could try the Rigid route for a while, but Ill get suspension sooner or later or maybe later then sooner. I mean other then the tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smw
    Guess I could try the Rigid route for a while, but Ill get suspension sooner or later or maybe later then sooner. I mean other then the tire.

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    dude if you want suspension, just get it. keep the rigid as well since you would not sell it for much anyway and then just get an extra lower headset race for the new fork so it is trivial to swtich between the 2.

    if you are like me and ride with a lot of really good technical riders then you should get suspension. though i am a pretty decent technical rider i mean gimme a break, no matter how good you are on the rigid (with a few exceptions of course) you are not gonna be able to keep up with friends who know how to ride technical stuff well on their 5"+ travel bikes. Personally, I dont want my friends to have to wait for me just cause i wanted to be on my rigid bike when i dont have to be.

    there is always gonna be somebody more "hard core" or whatever so who gives an eff what others say (including what I have to say)....if you want suspension get it. as such, I really think the F80X is a great choice, though not cheap new....but used can be had at reasonable price points.

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    Well, being new to the SS thing, take my opinion with a grain of salt. However, I busted my ass about 2 hours ago and have a nice steam of blood between my knee & ankle because my fork was rigid.

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    give me air and lock-out

    Being rather clydish, I like a fork with air so I can get the stiffness I need. Even if you are lighter air make the compression almost instantly adjustable and to any setting you need. It is almost manditory IMHO to have a lockout. I have a 2003 Marzocchi MX Pro ETA 105 that I really like. It's on my Turner FS bike now but it was on my SS untill the SS went 29r. A really great SS fork. I have a White Bros on my 29r it also has air and a lock-out also, it works fine but seems noisier and it had a lot of stiction that is just now working itself out.
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    Rlt 80

    Quote Originally Posted by smw
    What travel fork are ya runnin on you SS. I bought a Juan Solo and want to get a susp. fork, any suggestions? 80mm or 100mm

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    and a 2.1 tire up front.

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    Well, being new to the SS thing, take my opinion with a grain of salt. However, I busted my ass about 2 hours ago and have a nice steam of blood between my knee & ankle because my fork was rigid.
    Someone once told me you aren't having fun until you are bleeding. I like my Surly Instigator on a Chameleon with big fat 'Raptor on front. Makes the front end lighter and more nimble than a fork, in my humble opinion.

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    long travel rigid is best

    Surly Karate Monkey 29er fork with the canti posts cut off.

    2.6" virtually flatproof Gazzaloddi @ 12psi

    tho if ya want the travel in the fork legs, I kinda like the Minute 1:00, which can be had for a nice price these days.

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    I love my SS.
    And I love having suspension on it despite any jeers I may get from the hard of core.

    I recommend the X series Fox (terra logic). The 80mm or 100mm will depend on the frame. You should go with a length that your frame was designed to accept.

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    I say "pththththtpppttttt" to lockouts. I never use mine. So the fork compresses a little bit when I am climbing out of the saddle. Big deal. (And I say the same thing to riser bars, suspension seatposts, rear suspension, and 26" wheels).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor29
    I say "pththththtpppttttt" to lockouts. I never use mine. So the fork compresses a little bit when I am climbing out of the saddle. Big deal. (And I say the same thing to riser bars, suspension seatposts, rear suspension, and 26" wheels).

    Guess Ill go with the 80mm fox and riser bars to match my 26in wheels.
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    I have run rigid and susp. on a SS. Rigid is truly the purist route but my new SS build has a Manitou Black Elite 80/100 with lockout on it. I was able to ride rigid, but I paid from my wrists to the middle of my back the next day. Fox forks are nice, but $$$$$$$$.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smw
    Guess Ill go with the 80mm fox and riser bars to match my 26in wheels.
    guess you are not gonna be let in the cool hard-core crowd now

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    Rigid vs Suspension???

    I was on a rigid SS back before the days of the RS1 and rode SS fully rigid on this rigid monster for about 13 years. Now, I ride with a front fork. Would I ever go back to rigid? Probably not with the new SPV/Inertia valve type forks that are relatively light. I commend the people that are going back to rigid for the purity of the experience, but having lived through that purity (and the purity wasn't all that) almost 20 years ago, I think I've paid my dues. Gimme a fork...
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    Marathon

    I have a marzocchi marathon s on my bike. I've added some extra oil to limit the travel. I often ride with the eta on to minimize bobbing during climbs, but here in AZ we have tons of rock gardens, and it sucks going through those with rigid. I can appreciate the lightness of the rigid, but my hands and arms are sore after battling longish downhills through the stones.
    It'd probably be different though if most of my trails were dirt singletrack.
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    rode the wife's Surly 1x1 this last weekend on a nice 15mile loop (with grueling nasty horrible non-SS climbs) and really liked the way her F80X worked. i didn't use the lockout at all but she uses it all the time. if tires matter it has Kenda Kharma's on it front and rear.

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    F80x

    I rode my 1x1 with the rigid fork for 4 months now and although the climbing is great, the decents are just not as fun. Your speed and control is greatly reduced. I just can go as fast with the rigid. So I put on a F80x and my speed was back up to par. Rigids have there place and they are very fun, but here in SoCal a nice Sus fork is much more fun.

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