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Rigid Fork(5 posts)

Rigid Forkdaniell
Jul 28, 2002 9:41 AM
I would like to build up a mountain bike frame. The resulting bike will only be used on road. Therefore, i would like to use a rigid fork. Does anyone know where I can purchase a good quality non-shock fork?


re: Rigid ForkRon B
Jul 28, 2002 10:04 AM
Depends on how much you want to spend.

You can check at your local bike shops for some take off forks. You can generally pick them up for 20.00-30.00.

If you want something more you can check smaller independent builders such as Independent Fabrications, Strong cycles, etc. Those will be a little more expensive but lighter and maybe a little livelier. Look to spend around 150.00 for a fork from them.
re: Rigid Forkgtx
Jul 28, 2002 10:41 AM
I think IF or Strong will run over $200. Maybe try Teesdale for something more affordable. Just make sure the fork is the right length for the amount of travel the frame was designed for. Most of the rigid forks bike shops have lying around are from bikes that were built with the old 63mm travel suspension forks in mind.
here's your answerjulio
Jul 28, 2002 8:58 PM
Cambria Bicycle Outfitters has a few in their catalog ranging from the $119 aluminum Kinesis to the Morati Ti at $579. (Don't ask me who in the world would pay $579 for a rigid MTB fork.) I think Wound Up makes a composite one too. A friend of mine has the Kinesis fork on his Ventana single speed and it's one of the lightest bikes I've picked up, it weighs less than my road bike. He's raced with it and had it for years and it's held up fine, that's the one I'd buy.

I don't know how handy you are with metal but I took and older marin chromoly (1.125") fork, cut off the threads, turned a sleeve on a lathe, and welded it in, to make a threadless rigid fork for my single speed until I got a suspension fork for it. I've still got it sitting in a box in my room. Email me if you're interested in buying it.
Start at a large LBSMr Good
Jul 29, 2002 7:13 AM
Unless your bike is going to be a special high-end project, just go to the LBS and ask if they have any used/swapped out rigid forks that will fit your frame (bring the frame with you to show the mechanic). My LBS has a huge barrel filled with rigid steel forks -- all for sale at about $5 to $25 a pop.