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Having acquired a much nicer mountain bike, I am looking to turn my 2010 Hardrock Sport into a utility bike. The cheap suspension fork has to go. The Surly 1x1 used to be the go-to fork, but it appears to be no longer offered in 26" with cantilever brake mounts. What is the preferred fork for this job today? I am not looking to upgrade to disc brakes, as that upgrade would require new wheels.
 

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My go to fork is/was the Salsa cromoto, I have 3 currently but the older will go with a bike I'm getting ready to sell. I would not go longer than 425mm a-c length for 80mm sus corrected fork, that is the length I used to replace my old 80mm Marzocchi fork. The Dimension fork may be a little short at 395 as it would be a non sus corrected fork imo, but is a good affordable choice. The Surly Troll non sus corrected fork at 420mm a-c might be a reasonable choice, but maybe the offset is less than you want? Origin8 has a chromo fork with v brake and disc mounts.

I've seen this one on the 'bay if you like chrome, but it could be a lil short.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bike-Steel...744457&hash=item521ac310cb:g:mygAAOSwyulbxqet
 

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More versatile, but also more expensive are the offerings from Crust, or more expensive is the Endpoint Hunter Gatherer fork. At that point you might as well go custom, though.
 

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I like this fork: https://www.carboncycles.cc/?s=0&c=92&p=201

I am trying to avoid spending a lot of money on a rigid fork a 2010 Hardrock Sport. The Hardrock was originally purchased as a recreational bike to ride with children when they were in middle school. I am just looking for a reduction in weight. The SR Suntour XCT V2 fork on that bike has to weigh around 6lbs, and I have always had it locked out because I am a middle linebacker-size guy.
 
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