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Suspension fork on your cross bike????(7 posts)

Suspension fork on your cross bike????chewbacca
May 12, 2003 1:13 PM
Hey guys and gals

I hav ea surly cross check which I've been really digging and my MTB is sitting in the's so much faster and fun on xc rides it's all I've been riding when I can.

I'm wondering if anyone is running a short travel 700c suspension fork on their rides...if so which one? I really like the rigid fork for acceleration/climbing and tracking, but i'm taking a beating in th rough stuff even with my 42c tires!

just looking for some suggestions if anyone is running a fork...I know there is a new market for the 29" mtb forks, but man are those things pricey!

thanks for any tips...

re: Suspension fork on your cross bike????pdg60
May 12, 2003 1:34 PM
Sorry, my 'cross bike is still rigid and that isn't going to change any time soon.

If you plan on racing, I would suggest sticking with a rigid fork. Just my $.02.

I know Rock Shox used to make a "Ruby" and I think they are still available. Check their website?? Also, check classifieds.

Good luck.
Marzocchi made one too, and Softride?triangleforge
May 13, 2003 8:44 AM
Marzocchi made a 700c fork for a while, which I think used canti brakes. You see them every so often on Ebay, though they're not light by any stretch of the imagination.

The main issues with the Ruby are a whole lotta weight compared with a rigid fork, and that it uses a caliper (road style) brake rather than a cantilever, if I recall correctly.

Does anyone know if Softride still builds their parallelogram stems? I'm using one for the first time on a singlespeed MTB with a rigid fork, and it really takes the sting out of rough stuff. I probably wouldn't bother with one on a 'cross race bike, but an adventure bike might find it quite nice.

Marzocchi made one too, and Softride?The Walrus
May 13, 2003 10:20 AM
The Ruby was, indeed, a road-only fork, but Rock Shox still makes the Metro, as far as I know, which does have canti studs. The thing's a pig, though--seems to me it weighs upwards of four pounds, and that's the last thing you'd need on a Surly ;-) White Bros makes a 'cross fork, but it's about $700 dollars. Didn't AMP make a 700c version of their linkage fork?
Cannondale Cyclocross Ultrapawistik
May 13, 2003 2:31 PM
I've got the Cannondale Ultra headshock & I'm pretty happy with it. It's not much travel, but seems to be just enough to smooth out the ride.

On the road (poor condition, lots of potholes) I really notice a big difference between this bike and the rough ride my old rigid mtn bike gives on my way to work.

Here are some...Steve_O
May 14, 2003 8:04 AM
29er forks are available from White Brother and Marzocchi. One issue with these forks is that they will be 1-1/8" steerer tubes which may be an issue if you are using a 1" head tube frame...

Rockshox has the Metro and Manitou has the Luxe. Both forks are really designed for hybrid usage but could work with your frame. Once again check the headtube size.

Manitou used to make a really nice 700c version of their orginal fork (with the machined brake arch and crown). These pop up on eBay every now and then and look pretty nice...

Finally, check the 29incher board on MTBr and see what they are using....
I've got a luxeOffRoadTourer
May 19, 2003 7:52 PM
I'm currently using a pair of Manitou Luxe and they are great. I wouldn't take them dirt jumping but on average singletrack they are fine. They are adjustable from 50mm (2") to 75mm (3") which is handy. They only weigh a shade over 3lb (compared to Metros which weigh over 4), and they're very cheap.

They will lift the front of your bike a little, which will slacken your head angle, making the steering slower but more stable at speed. This is why the adjustable travel is handy, dropping down to 50mm will lessen the effect of the longer fork.

My only criticism is that they are very soft with the stock spring kit. Okay if you're light, but I weigh 85kg. I bought the firm ride kit and they were still a shade too soft so I put the regular spring in the right leg (usually empty) as well and now they feel fine.

One other thing, everyone will have some smart comment to make about your bike, MTBers and roadies alike. Get a thick skin. My solution was to accelerate away from my MTBing buddies and wait for them at the top of the hill, I had a few slices of humble pie waiting for them when they caught up, but they couldn't get their feet of their mouths to taste it.