That bike is lovely . I reckon a pair of these would be perfect - even better - I have a 120mm pair for sale soon. Fantastic forks for a lighter rider . . . weigh burger all and air sprung so tuneable for us lighter folks and with lockout that works. But please (I don't normally get wound up about these things), other half/better half, all sound so much better than just 'OH' and 'them' and if your partner deserves such a cracking little bike surely he/she deserves a gender .
Would this be too mean?
Don't put rigids on there - my girlfriend was very nervous on anything bumpier than a towpath with rigid forks (project 2s, so not nasty ones) and while she's not into mountain bike rides (yet?) she's much happier over the odd rock, root or bump now that her bike's got a set of boingy forks. Go for something lighter.... I can heartily recomend a set of magura laurins as they're tuneable for pretty much any weight without feeling odd, and older sets are pretty cheap too.
Went for my first off road with newly installed carbon rigids last week.
Tarmac fine maybe better, smooth track OK but after a mile on fireroads I knew it was a mistake. The rooty stuff I actually had to get off and walk. I can't remember the last time I walked 'down' anything.
Although in hindsight maybe the black route was not the best choice with semi-slicks and flat bars
Spend the money on some lighter wheels and tyres.
Get your boyfriend one of these.
I reckon it's only on cliquey track world you'd get a significant number of people saying rigid forks are a good idea. Back out in the real world people would laugh at the idea that rigid forks would somehow be beneficial and advance somebody's riding better than a decent pair of suspension forks. I'm old enough and have been riding long enough to have ridden plenty with rigid forks, but the only thing it taught me is that a bit of suspension is much better. I really don't buy this "picking better lines" thing - meanwhile suspension will give somebody a much better chance of staying in control and actually learning what they're doing rather than hanging on for grim death.
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