suspension v rigid
I’m umming and ahhing about replacing the fork on my hardtail. It is a cheap and cheerful Manitou with 80mm “travel”. To be honest the suspension is pretty rubbish. I have a good full susser for proper bumpy riding so wonder:
(a) do I get some Rebas or similar?
(b) do I just go rigid?
Losing weight (bike and me) is important hence a Reba style fork, but of course no suspension at all would be even lighter. Obviously I need convincing one way or another myself before convincing the wife it is “needed”Posted 9 years agojonathanSubscriber
Good basic steel disk forks seem to be about 70 quid at the minute (eg Surly 1×1, Salsa Cro-moto, Kona Project 2 – all good).
I ride rigid quite a bit (and with sus) – it’s just different (in good and bad ways). As long as you just accept that it’s different then you can enjoy the different-in-good-ways bits and ignore the bad bits 😉
Well worth doing for variety’s sake if anything – it certainly sharpens up your line choice skills. Oh and put a nice fat tyre on too 😉Posted 9 years agoMrCrushriderMember
ive jsut finished building a rigid commute/winter/mess about bike from spares and its lots of fun. had a practice run over houndkirk moor t’other day. definately different but not bad, took some getting used to after my hardtail with 140mm forks on!
its also v-braked up (old school DX!) and 1.95 tyres! it felt bloody fast now i think about it!
roll on dusty trails!Posted 9 years agotinsyMember
I had rigid steel forks on my first SS, they were not suspension corrected length and were more rigid than a girder, that wasnt nice, put some RC31’s on it and it was transformed… Lots of cheapish carbon forks about now, give it a go, they always seem to get good money 2nd hand if you dont like it.Posted 9 years ago
I had a blast in the Peaks on an old Hard Rock not long ago. Canti brakes, fully rigid, big squishy saddle and bent axles. Rocky downhills were S L O W (and dangerous!) compared to my 6″ fully, but it climded really well and was fun in a different kind of way. You’re swaying me to rigid…Posted 9 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Where do you ride? Southern dirt trails and woods could be fun on a fully rigid bike. South Wales valleys would probably not be.
I rode rigid until 2001. Now, I wouldn’t go back. Miketually might ask himself why I’d do that. Is it cos I’m stupid? Easily swayed by marketing? A fool with money? A fashion victim perhaps?Posted 9 years agomiketuallySubscriber
I rode rigid until 2001. Now, I wouldn’t go back. Miketually might ask himself why I’d do that. Is it cos I’m stupid? Easily swayed by marketing? A fool with money? A fashion victim perhaps?
I’ve no idea. I can only give my reasons for not getting a suspension fork, not speak for anyone else. For me, riding where I do, at the speed I do, for the time I do and for how much time, effort and money I want to spend on a bike, rigid makes sense for me. Maybe you’re just smarter and richer than me?Posted 9 years ago
I live in the Staffordshire moorlands (Leek) but mostly ride in the Peak District. Generally the full susser comes out for the rocky Peaks or longer trips to Wales/Lakes/Scotland/Spain…
The bike is used mostly for doorstep (night) riding or when I need to lend a bike to a mate who is a newbie. It’s generally fast (rooty) woodland, canal paths, muddy bridleways etc. I don’t really believe in having too many different bikes for different setups, since you can always come across all manner of terrain on any ride. However I “need” new forks and I want to save some weight. My existing forks aren’t good suspension forks and I don’t feel under-biked so I guess I’m talking myself into rigid here!Posted 9 years agorichcMember
If you are looking at the Nukeproof’s these are from the same factory:
but much cheaper. Not sure if they would be a bit short tho.Posted 9 years ago
I’ve got a rigid currently, (Fork, people, keep it clean), and I’d not so much say its better or worse, but its very different. I find it really hard to pick a line down roots slopes because every slip and step is felt through the bars and its hard not to over-react, whereas decent sus just absorbs it all and you keep on going without a care. But that said I quite like the challenge, in a very masochistic way, riding a fully rigid SS really does beat you and every climb becomes torture and every down becomes scary. Quite fun. Feels so much more “connected” with the bike, but it feels so much harder to “flow” which is annoying, and down to my skill level I think.Posted 9 years ago
Merlin was where I was looking. It’s down to a 2009 Reba SL or a White Brothers Rock Solid. Still £110 cheaper to get the rigid tho’. Might all depend on the axle to crown height of the Rebas, but I’m 95% convinced to go rigid (31 posts on this topic later!)
Cheers allPosted 9 years agoemac65Member
Can never understand why some people are either so for riding rigid & then others are really so against it tbh.It’s no big deal which ever one you choose,you will still be able to ride down anything you can with suspension,just slower(& sometimes only slightly slower)that’s all…..Posted 9 years ago
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