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Yo SS squad. Whatup? Trying to get some ideas on a rigid fork for a single speed rig I'm trying to build up right now. Want something that is nice but won't require me to sell my left kidney in order to afford it. I've been riding FS for a while now and am fairly unfamiliar with what the market has to offer in terms of decent forks. Lemme know what kind of ideas ya got. Thanks all

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That's a good question. What's an A-C length and how do I measure it?
 

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The best bet is to let us know what frame you're building up as a rigid and the manufacturer will be able to tell you what the A-C (Axel to Crown) length the bike was designed around...
 

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The frame is made by a small company called Alpine Design. Not sure if anyone would know off the top of their head what the A-C length is, but that's the manufacturer.

Also, what's the word on different fork materials? i.e. carbon, ti, etc.... Are they reliable for mtn biking? Seriously?
 

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Here's the ride. The fork on it came off a Schwinn HomeGrown. Old school dual crown Sid. Looks cool, but not made for the off road...

Tire Wheel Bicycle tire Bicycle frame Bicycle wheel rim
 

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No way!! Really?

Actually, the fit on the head tube is not perfect. There's just an ever so slight amount of play. My concern is that the thing gets going on bumpy terrain, and all of the sudden my fork rips out from the head tube. Yes, seems kind of drastic, but weirder things have happened.

And, as stated before, I want to replace it with a rigid. So the question is still on the table, who makes sweet rigid forks for SS race bikes?
 

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Lev said:
Actually, the fit on the head tube is not perfect. There's just an ever so slight amount of play. My concern is that the thing gets going on bumpy terrain, and all of the sudden my fork rips out from the head tube. Yes, seems kind of drastic, but weirder things have happened.
I don't know much about dual crowns, but shouldn't the preload on the headset be adjustable by sliding down the crown? Besides, putting a dual-crown fork on an XC bike is probably pretty dangerous, there's a reason companies wont warrantee frames that aren't made for it.

Just about any custom bike builder will be able to put together a fork for you. It'll cost a pretty penny, but you won't have to do much thinking (Axle to Crown length, etc.). AC length can drastically change your heat-tube angle, so if you don't know what you want, leave it to the professionals. Or just guess.
 

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Those forks were used for DH racing back in the day, so I would recommend chaging them on that frame!

Loads of companies make rigid forks:

Dekerf
Spicer
Dean
Walt Works
Pace

To name but a few...

Do a search on rigid forks, there's plenty of threads, in fact one that some of us posted on only last week...
 

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i know who lev is now that i saw his bike...

hey, if you remember my bike from fairhill saturday it had a waltworks rigid fork on it. it is pricey but they are much more compliant than the surly offerings.

i also know a guy who has the old rigid fork off his redline monocog laying around. if the steerer tube is long enough i bet he'd sell it to you pretty cheap!

you best bet would be to ask dan and see if he has any old forks laying around... that guy has quite the collection in his basement.

in summary, if you don't wanna spend hundreds just find any old used rigid steel fork and enjoy it! then when you know rigid is for you, we can show you how to spend stupid amounts of money on a rigid fork. ;)
 

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Yo Max. Whatup buddy? I do remember your fork from the race last weekend. Something like that would be pretty sweet.

I think rigid is prbly the best bet for me considering I have the FS for the gnarly rides. I'm looking for complete contrast on the ride situation.

Spoke with Dan about some ideas. He's upgrading his current rigid to a carbon, which leaves his ti up for grabs. Only problem is he's kind of sketch about the crown busting.

you riding this weekend at state college? Lets hit some trails up man!

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I just got one from Nashbar $60, solid, a bit heavy. Installed it today, corrected the geometry. I was running a Dimension rigid a-c 410, Nashbar is 453, much better fit.
 
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