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Suspension forks(6 posts)

Suspension forksStevieP
Feb 20, 2003 6:09 AM
Anyone ride susp forks on their crosser? I am considering some for my Ridley (I don't race) .

Who makes cross specific susp forks? Are they any good?

Thanks

Steve
re: Suspension forksThe Walrus
Feb 20, 2003 12:26 PM
The only claimed "cross-specific" fork I know of is from White Bros; since it lists for about $700, I'm happy to stick with a rigid fork and just suck up the bumps. Both Rock Shox and Manitou make 700c boingers (Metro and Luxe, respectively), but (as the names indicate) they're both hybrid/comfort bike-oriented, and are on the heavy side and limited in travel.
Check the 29"er board at mtbr.comGlowBoy
Feb 20, 2003 12:57 PM
A couple of companies (White, maybe Marz?) are now making suspension forks for 29" rigs - which as we all know are just 700c wheels with big tires on them. If you have a 1" steer tube those probably won't work for you, unless Marz decides to make one with a 1" steerer as they do on their 26" forks.

Another thought is that some 26" forks may have just enough clearance for a small 'cross tire. As long as you run a disc brake up front (Avid Road disc will be compatible with your road brake levers) you won't have to worry about whether the brake bosses line up. Just make really sure there's clearance, because the last thing you want is for the tire to hit the crown at full compression and throw you over the bars.

One more thought: as many of us with old rigid mountain bikes learned a few years ago, you're going to change your bike's geometry by putting a taller fork on the front. Your head angle will slacken by a couple of degrees and your BB will go up by .5 to 1 inch - both of which may not be such a bad thing if you plan to use the bike for trail riding. But your standover clearance may be raised unacceptably, so be sure of that first.

- Dan
oratpjunkie
Feb 21, 2003 3:36 PM
if you want a suspended CX bike by the Cannondale. It's set up for it and has a cx designed boinger. Keep the Ridley rigid. The entire nation of Belgium emplores you. Most cx bikes aren't designed for shocks as glow boy stated. I think most Ridleys (I own one as well) are 1" so you may be out of luck anyhow.
I've got some...OffRoadTourer
Feb 25, 2003 7:28 PM
I've got a pair of Manitou Luxe. They weigh about 3.4 lb which is very respectable (in suspension terms). The Rock Shox Metro weighs around 5lb, absurd!

They have increased the comfort and performance of my off road riding. But, they were way too soft for my 85kg weight out of the box, had to get the firm ride kit and they are still a bit soft.

Also, they are longer than a normal rigid fork so they jack the front of the bike up about 2" so the steering angle slackens and slows your steering. Best to start with a very steep steerer angle (say 73 degrees which would get reduced to around 71 after fork installation).

And lastly, be prepared for derogatory comments from roadies, MTBers and just about everyone else. Human nature is sad, why do people feel the need to criticise something that doesn't effect them, they have no experience with and is pleasing the relevant party (i.e. me)? I think the challenge of accepting something new and different scares them. Poor ignorant fools, just smile at them with that knowing grin when you zoom past.
I've got some...atpjunkie
Feb 26, 2003 2:25 PM
agree with ORT, if you go this route, go custom so you can get bike built around boinger. This way you can control your steer tube height, angle, standover etc... and the bike will be better balanced handling wise.
Personally I'll stick to rigid, but I raced MTB's back in the rigid days and now save my 'fully MTB' for more rugged terrain. I find that suspension allows me to push my bikes and in cx it's better to pick better/cleaner lines than rely on a boinger. I think the confidence a shock would provide me would put me placing that bike in places it doesn't belong and where it's parts (700C x 33 Wheels) couldn't handle. If you check my posts in the mud posts above you'll see the crap we ride in out west and rigid handles just fine. Everything but the drops and rock gardens. Have fun and enjoy your bike, I bet it will be quite fun.