I just picked up a used Vicious 29er with a Vicious steel fork.
My experience with riding a fully rigid bike is from long, long ago. I have an Ells 29er that I love, and was pretty surprised at how well that stiffy from Vicious rides. I've been out on my regular trails only a handful of times on it, but I'm pretty impressed.
I can only speak from what I know. I have a Soul Cycles 1st generation Dillinger fork and a VooDoo Cycles Zombie fork. The Zombie is substantially heavier and seemingly stiffer (less compliant) than the Dillinger. The Dillinger's axle to crown is more than the Zombie's (490mm for the Dillinger and 470mm for the Zombie I think). The Dillinger is wider (to accommodate wider tires) than the Zombie. please bear in mind I haven't installed or ridden either one. But I believe I can safely say the Zombie is the way to go if you want a sturdy fork. It's stiff as...a Zombie! Good price too. Two models- (1) disc only (2) v-brake & disc compatible with the option to use on a 29er or a 26er. check them out at speedgoat.com or universalcycles.com. (2 places I know of) The dillinger is at ridesoul.com. The current Dillinger may be different from mine. (a newer model is out now).
I use the Salsa CromoGrande and it had been an excellent fork, if a bit heavy at 1080 grams. I also used to own a Quiring steel fork, it was better than the Salsa and lighter but more expensive. I wish I had never sold it; but after using the Salsa fork I don't know if I could justify buying it again.
I had a KM on my Ferrous, and I hated it.. A to C was too short for my taste, I also feel it messed up the race day geometry. Felt like the weight bias was too far forward. Got a used Niner steel fork with a 490 A/C and all is well in the world. I love the fork, so light and compliant, but not flexy at all...makes me wonder what it's like on a Niner?
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