Rigid fork dilemma

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by Chris Davies, Aug 21, 2004.

  1. Chris Davies

    Chris Davies Guest

    Hello everyone.

    I have sold all of my bikes except for my new tourer and one MTB which I
    am going to keep in my room.
    I originally had 3 MTBs - a Giant Track (mid 90's, very good quality but
    unfashionable), a Ridgeback Switch (an MTB with rigid forks, already
    regretting letting it go) and a Ridgeback MX95 (the only one I have left,
    now wish I had parted with it instead of the Switch).
    Much as I like the one I have I find I am really missing the Switch. I
    can't get it back, but I have decided I want to get rigid forks on the
    bike I have - to hell with what other riders think, I can see how lots of
    people like suspension but I don't want it.
    So my question is this. What's the nearest thing available to the fork on
    a Switch? Does anyone have a bike with one? The only thing I want for the
    bike is disc mounts, otherwise I am easy.

    Chris.

    (BTW, if anyone has a switch but would like to make it into a hardtail,
    please get in touch.)

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  2. Chris Davies wrote:
    > Hello everyone.
    >
    > I have sold all of my bikes except for my new tourer and one MTB which I
    > am going to keep in my room.
    > I originally had 3 MTBs - a Giant Track (mid 90's, very good quality but
    > unfashionable), a Ridgeback Switch (an MTB with rigid forks, already
    > regretting letting it go) and a Ridgeback MX95 (the only one I have
    > left, now wish I had parted with it instead of the Switch).
    > Much as I like the one I have I find I am really missing the Switch. I
    > can't get it back, but I have decided I want to get rigid forks on the
    > bike I have - to hell with what other riders think, I can see how lots
    > of people like suspension but I don't want it.
    > So my question is this. What's the nearest thing available to the fork
    > on a Switch? Does anyone have a bike with one? The only thing I want for
    > the bike is disc mounts, otherwise I am easy.



    Kona Project Two?
     
  3. Chris Davies

    Chris Davies Guest

    On Sat, 21 Aug 2004 18:45:00 +0100, Zog The Undeniable
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Chris Davies wrote:
    >> Hello everyone.
    >>
    >> I have sold all of my bikes except for my new tourer and one MTB which
    >> I am going to keep in my room.
    >> I originally had 3 MTBs - a Giant Track (mid 90's, very good quality
    >> but unfashionable), a Ridgeback Switch (an MTB with rigid forks,
    >> already regretting letting it go) and a Ridgeback MX95 (the only one I
    >> have left, now wish I had parted with it instead of the Switch).
    >> Much as I like the one I have I find I am really missing the Switch. I
    >> can't get it back, but I have decided I want to get rigid forks on the
    >> bike I have - to hell with what other riders think, I can see how lots
    >> of people like suspension but I don't want it.
    >> So my question is this. What's the nearest thing available to the fork
    >> on a Switch? Does anyone have a bike with one? The only thing I want
    >> for the bike is disc mounts, otherwise I am easy.

    >
    >
    > Kona Project Two?


    They would be ideal but I don't think you can get them with disc mounts.

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  4. Vivian

    Vivian Guest

    Can I ask you why don't you like suspension? The reason I'm curious is
    because I rode my hybrid bike on some rough terrain, and my shoulders,
    especially the right one where I have an injury, were killing me afterwards.
    I would have given anything for a suspension fork. In fact, I'm toying with
    the idea of buying a MTB for those kinds of trips, and I'm inclined to look
    for suspension forks.


    Vivian
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    "We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school".
    No Surrender

    "Chris Davies" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:eek:[email protected]
    > Hello everyone.
    >
    > I have sold all of my bikes except for my new tourer and one MTB which I
    > am going to keep in my room.
    > I originally had 3 MTBs - a Giant Track (mid 90's, very good quality but
    > unfashionable), a Ridgeback Switch (an MTB with rigid forks, already
    > regretting letting it go) and a Ridgeback MX95 (the only one I have left,
    > now wish I had parted with it instead of the Switch).
    > Much as I like the one I have I find I am really missing the Switch. I
    > can't get it back, but I have decided I want to get rigid forks on the
    > bike I have - to hell with what other riders think, I can see how lots of
    > people like suspension but I don't want it.
    > So my question is this. What's the nearest thing available to the fork on
    > a Switch? Does anyone have a bike with one? The only thing I want for the
    > bike is disc mounts, otherwise I am easy.
    >
    > Chris.
    >
    > (BTW, if anyone has a switch but would like to make it into a hardtail,
    > please get in touch.)
    >
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  5. Vivian

    Vivian Guest

    Are you the one who was having isuses with your landlady?


    Vivian
    -------
    "We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school".
    No Surrender

    "Chris Davies" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:eek:[email protected]
    > Hello everyone.
    >
    > I have sold all of my bikes except for my new tourer and one MTB which I
    > am going to keep in my room.
    > I originally had 3 MTBs - a Giant Track (mid 90's, very good quality but
    > unfashionable), a Ridgeback Switch (an MTB with rigid forks, already
    > regretting letting it go) and a Ridgeback MX95 (the only one I have left,
    > now wish I had parted with it instead of the Switch).
    > Much as I like the one I have I find I am really missing the Switch. I
    > can't get it back, but I have decided I want to get rigid forks on the
    > bike I have - to hell with what other riders think, I can see how lots of
    > people like suspension but I don't want it.
    > So my question is this. What's the nearest thing available to the fork on
    > a Switch? Does anyone have a bike with one? The only thing I want for the
    > bike is disc mounts, otherwise I am easy.
    >
    > Chris.
    >
    > (BTW, if anyone has a switch but would like to make it into a hardtail,
    > please get in touch.)
    >
    > |C|H|R|I|S|@|T|R|I|N|I|T|Y|W|I|L|L|S|.|C|O|M|
    > Remove the bars to contact me
     
  6. > > Kona Project Two?

    "Chris Davies" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > They would be ideal but I don't think you can get them with disc mounts.


    There are a few versions of the P2 around. The standard triple-butted XC
    version has V-brake bosses only. The beefy dirt/jump model has V-brake
    bosses and a disk mount. There's also a version of the XC model with a disk
    mount only. If you wanted to have the XC model with dual compatibility, it
    wouldn't be expensive to have a disk mount brazed onto the V-brake model,
    or V-brake bosses brazed onto the disk-only version.

    Pace RC31 carbon forks are available at reasonable prices on the
    second-hand market, and have a disk mount, plus a V-brake option. There are
    two blade lengths available - you'll probably want the shorter (older)
    model.

    James Thomson
     
  7. Chris Davies

    Chris Davies Guest

    On Sun, 22 Aug 2004 15:13:56 +0100, Vivian <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Can I ask you why don't you like suspension? The reason I'm curious is
    > because I rode my hybrid bike on some rough terrain, and my shoulders,
    > especially the right one where I have an injury, were killing me
    > afterwards.
    > I would have given anything for a suspension fork. In fact, I'm toying
    > with
    > the idea of buying a MTB for those kinds of trips, and I'm inclined to
    > look
    > for suspension forks.
    >
    >
    > Vivian


    Vivian,

    I'm just not that keen on it, with the notable exception of the Moultons
    (still want one).

    I like mountain bikes just fine, I think they're a lot more confidence
    inspiring than road bikes, especially when the roads are nasty and of
    course the sheer versatility of them, but I'm not that keen on mountain
    biking as such.
    If I was into, say, downhilling, it would be a different story.

    For my uses (basically just messing about in town and very, very
    occasional off-road forays with my mates) I am happy with the weight
    saving and simplicity of rigid forks.

    Different strokes for different folks, as they say.

    BTW, just a thought - have you tried a suspension stem? Some hate them,
    but they might help you, and you don't have to fork out (excuse the pun)
    for proper suspension. You can get them off ebay for about a quid when
    they come up.

    Chris

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  8. Chris Davies

    Chris Davies Guest

    On Sun, 22 Aug 2004 15:14:52 +0100, Vivian <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Are you the one who was having isuses with your landlady?


    That's me!


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  9. Chris Davies

    Chris Davies Guest

    On Mon, 23 Aug 2004 10:55:35 +0200, James Thomson <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >> > Kona Project Two?

    >
    > "Chris Davies" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> They would be ideal but I don't think you can get them with disc mounts.

    >
    > There are a few versions of the P2 around. The standard triple-butted XC
    > version has V-brake bosses only. The beefy dirt/jump model has V-brake
    > bosses and a disk mount. There's also a version of the XC model with a
    > disk
    > mount only. If you wanted to have the XC model with dual compatibility,
    > it
    > wouldn't be expensive to have a disk mount brazed onto the V-brake model,
    > or V-brake bosses brazed onto the disk-only version.
    >
    > Pace RC31 carbon forks are available at reasonable prices on the
    > second-hand market, and have a disk mount, plus a V-brake option. There
    > are
    > two blade lengths available - you'll probably want the shorter (older)
    > model.
    >
    > James Thomson
    >
    >


    I looked at a project two with disc mounts in a shop yesterday, I was put
    off because it was seriously heavy. I would quite like to look at a Pace
    (never had a carbon fork before). Thanks for the advice.
    Chris

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  10. "Chris Davies" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I looked at a project two with disc mounts in a shop yesterday,
    > I was put off because it was seriously heavy.


    You probably saw the jump version. The XC model isn't heavy.

    James Thomson
     
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