QFT. Although I do ride SS but I agree. While 80mm in the front might make you more comfortable you still have to be very active on your bike in order to navigate the tough terrain. I'll take the precise tracking and feel of a rigid fork over 80mm in the front any day. And for climbing there is just no better feeling than a rigid bike underneath you.cycleboy said:I'm geared, so I can't claim that aspect of it. My rides are 60-75% climbing in terms of time spent. The efficiency of climbing on the light rigid bike outweighs any loss of speed on downhills. I can't think of a situation I've been in where suspension actually helped me climb.
For me, its also about adding more to the ride. I started out 19 years ago riding a rigid geared bike, moved through several HTs, eventually spending more money on a FS bike than I ever imagined I would spend on a bicycle. Then converted one of the old HTs into a SS, because one of the local trails is pretty much flat and several friends seemed to enjoy it. Got hooked on the SS, found out I loved the challenge and it was not the disadvantage I originally thought it would be. One day I sent my Fox TALAS off to get serviced and borrowed a rigid fork from a friend to keep riding until I got my Fox back. During the 3 weeks the Fox was gone, I found that just like riding only one gear, the rigid fork was not the crutch that everyone made it out to be. And just like one gear, got hooked on the challenge. It is harder, very unforgiving of poor lines and handling skills, but that is what makes it so much fun. Of course, never having to service it and less weight is a nice bonus.Rusty21 said:I haven't been biking long so I don't know much, but why do people like rigid setups so much? It seems counter Intuitive.