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I don't have any experience with the van diesel fork but I do have an aluminum rigid Landing Gear fork on my SE Racing BM flier. I have to say that this bike (aluminum framd and fork) rides alot smoother than any suspended 26" hardtail bike that I have ever ridden and even smoother than certain fullys. I haven't tried any steel forks but I'd imagine that steel would be smoother however I think any difference would be minimal. A rigid fork is a rigid fork no matter how you put it together.
 

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Aluminum Rigid Fork

Yunkie said:
They have a the van dessel rigid aluminum 29er fork at my lbs, and I'm wondering if anyone has experience with one. Thanks.
Havn't used the Van Dessel, but a Kinesis Crosslight cyclocross form does great in my WaltWorks. I also have used an Alpha carbon cross fork in this frame, which will take a slightly shaved down Schwalbe Little Albert (too tight tho for mud). With the Little Albert, or a WTB 700/44 I can't really tell a difference between forks. No experience with a steel fork on this frame. My guess is that with big tires, it probably won't make much of a difference like it might with 700/23s.
 
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