How much "better" are carbon rigids than Steel rigid forks?
Obviously they're quite a bit lighter, and I'm assuming they're better at absorbing some trail buzz, but how much better? Am I likely to notice it with a big tyre up front, or is it mainly for people running skinny tyres too that it makes a difference?
Oh, and is an Exotic Carbon fork for £100 off ebay as good (or at least nearly as good) as an expensive Pace or DT Swiss Carbon fork?
FWIW, just put a cromoly rigid on my hardtail the other weekend, first time I've ridden rigid in about 15 years, and quite enjoyed it actually. Not planning on selling my suspension fork, but thinking of swapping about a bit at least.