- Fitting suspension forks to my Singular Swift (questions)
Just got a Surly Ogre so I’m sorted for a steel rigid frameset. Don’t really want to sell my Swift so thinking of putting suspension forks on the front to make it a bit comfier (can’t get much fatter tyres on there) and more suitable (than the Ogre) for a fairly bumpy ride I often take near my new house.
My question is what a2c fork do I need?
Swift forks are 470mm. Should I just get a sus fork with the same a2c? Or does fork travel come into it?
Also I need a straight steerer (pretty long too) which is a pain in the bum. Looking at some second hand options or the Manitou Markhor but that comes in 3 different a2cs: 490, 510, 530. Which do I get?
I appreciate this is the cheaper end of the market but hoping it’d be a bit better than the plethora of heavy cheap Suntour or Chinese fork options.
Also been offered a x-fusion rl2 but don’t yet know the a2c. Also I suspect the steerer is a bit short. And it needs servicing.
Apologies I’m fairly clueless about suspension, all but one of my bikes have been rigid.
I’ve also been looking at building a fat front end. Can find forks pretty cheap but the rim and tyre cost is putting me off. Especially as I think it’ll look a bit rubbish. But the lack of maintenance is a major plus to me.Posted 3 months agohonourablegeorgeMember
Same A2C roughly, but forks will sag (compress) when you sit on them, typically about 25-30% of their travel, so that A2C measurement will shorten a bit.
I’d say somewhere around 500 A2C for an 80-100mm travel fork will suit you.
This RockShox Reba 29, for example, is 506mm A2C which is in the right ballpark – 25% sag of 100mm travel would bring that down to 481mm, 30% to 476.Posted 3 months ago
If you do want a fat front end I have a salsa enabler fork ( straight steerer ) with a fat wheel + tyre ( surly large marge rim with cutouts ( original factory special i think ..not DIY ) . Possibly a choice of 4″ tyres. Been saving for a project but may sell if the price is right ! You can PM me if interested. Funnily enough I have an Ogre too and did have a swift. Just love steel 29ers rigid with a fat front end , the lack of dive + comfort and the simplicity .OK fast bumpy stuff shakes you about but I’m a bimbler/explorer these days and actually prefer the climbs!Posted 3 months ago
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Bill in exeter
BTW ..I fitted a RS Reba to the Ogre and soon took it off ..much preferred rigid . The original fork was far to stiff IME . I swopped it for an exotic carbon + fatter tyre which worked much better comfort wise . Due to advancing years comfort is a priority these days !Posted 3 months ago
Thanks Bill, I suspect that’ll be too expensive for me though.
Current plan is this fork:
and then a wheel as cheap as possible.Posted 3 months ago
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