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Offline J. Ryan

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Fork: suspension or rigid?
« on: May 22, 2009, 02:50:42 PM »
Providing I can sell my Superfly I am debating whether to go with a suspension fork or not. If I went with a Rigid fork it would be custom built by Waltworks.
 
Any suggestions? Things to consider? Advice?

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Re: Fork: suspension or rigid?
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2009, 03:13:08 PM »
Never ridden rigid but I still have an opinion as usual. If you buy a rigid there is a decent chance that you'll want want a suspension fork. If you buy a suspenion fork there is not as much of chance you'll want a rigid. From what I've seen the really good rigid forks are expensive so you probably won't save much at the time of purchase.My inexperienced 2 cents worth.
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Re: Fork: suspension or rigid?
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2009, 04:06:55 PM »
If this will be your only bike you probably want a suspension fork... but rigid will get you in the game a lot cheaper...
 
BTW no one really "needs" a custom bike, even Walt will tell you that  8)
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Re: Fork: suspension or rigid?
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2009, 04:57:19 PM »
I think you should get a FS 26'er and stop all this foolishness 8)

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Re: Fork: suspension or rigid?
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2009, 05:23:58 PM »
 
For racing - suspension. (get a lockout and feel the rigid sensation)
For just riding around - rigid.
When everything is said and done what really matters is the engine and the experience.

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Re: Fork: suspension or rigid?
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2009, 05:26:43 PM »
If this will be your only bike you probably want a suspension fork... but rigid will get you in the game a lot cheaper...

Having a rigid does not translate it to be cheaper. Some rigids are more expensive than suspension.
When everything is said and done what really matters is the engine and the experience.

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Re: Fork: suspension or rigid?
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2009, 05:41:35 PM »
Having a rigid does not translate it to be cheaper. Some rigids are more expensive than suspension.

Funny, my custom Waltworks was ~$200 , show me a cheaper 29er suspension fork so I can buy one (or two!)
 
BTW my 2009 RS Reba SL was ~$450

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Re: Fork: suspension or rigid?
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2009, 06:43:33 PM »
Having a rigid does not translate it to be cheaper. Some rigids are more expensive than suspension.

Funny, my custom Waltworks was ~$200

~$200? used?
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Re: Fork: suspension or rigid?
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2009, 08:37:57 PM »
Like someone said it depends on how many bikes you have.  I have a rigid, and it is fun to ride, but it would never be my only bike, and I only use it to work on technical skills.  Bikes to me are like surfboards, as you need the right one for the ride your doing that day.  I have 3 and all of them pretty much get the same amount of use.

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Re: Fork: suspension or rigid?
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2009, 08:38:12 PM »
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BTW no one really "needs" a custom bike, even Walt will tell you that  8)

True. I know I can get a fitting on my Superfly, swap out for the suggested components, and it would work just fine. I just want a frame that fits me. If I can't sell the Superfly I'll just get the fitting for now.

I know it's not a big deal for the type of riding I do but what's the approximate weight difference in a suspension and rigid fork?

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Re: Fork: suspension or rigid?
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2009, 08:39:26 PM »
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I have 3 and all of them pretty much get the same amount of use.
Ha-ha, I can't even afford the one I have.

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Re: Fork: suspension or rigid?
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2009, 08:44:30 PM »
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I have 3 and all of them pretty much get the same amount of use.
Ha-ha, I can't even afford the one I have.

Piece by piece.....and a little help on some deals.  Actually 4 if I count my son's Hotrock......haven't rode that one yet.   ;D

 

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