...rigid is AWESOME. I went from a 100mm fork to a steel rigid fork and I have to say, I was pretty surprised at how nicely it rode. I was expecting to get my teeth rattled out, as the trails I ride are pretty lousy with rocks. I definitely had a few OTBs because the rigid fork wasn't covering for me when my weight distribution was forward like the suspension fork did, but the over all ride quality was actually fairly buttery as long as I was actively managing the front end. I think that's partially because I moved from alloy to carbon bars and swapped to a pair of gloves with a bit more padding in the palms. I really enjoyed the directness of the steering and the connected trail feel. I noticed that my descending suffered a bit speed wise, but it was more rewarding to clean the really technical stuff. I'm so glad I made the swap!