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 Post subject: Dilema
PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:42 pm 
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I'm at a bit of a quandry...

I managed to blag a free frame.. a Viking Ally one that's nice and light, but it had nothing on it. I was going to use all the odd bits of components I had lying around, but nothing fits (They're all cheap and nasty bits). SOrted a cheap headset, but now looking for a set of forks, and here's the thoughts...

Do I go rigid and keep the whole thing really light, or do I chuck some bouncy-bouncy one on to save my poor old wrists?

As ever the budget is approximately Zilch ;-)

ideas.......


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:06 pm 
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rigid with a flex stem ?

save your wrists, but also saves a bit of weight over suss forks.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:12 pm 
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go rigid but put on steel forks with plenty of rake, they will take out a bit of the sting.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:06 pm 
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Rigid with high volume tyres.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:41 pm 
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Seems to be a consensus to go rigid... Any suggestions for a budget lightweight fork?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:11 pm 
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Need more info! Budget, intended riding, frame spec relating to suspension.


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Budget is, essentially, zero LOL

Riding will be very tame, these old bones couldn't take anything too extreme. Mostly with the family on cycle tracks etc.

Don't have any measurements to hand other that it's a 20" Frame 1 1/8" Head tube. I'll take some detailed measurements in the next couple of days when I get a chance to get it out of the loft.


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Short travel forks?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:35 pm 
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Tricky budget to work with :) FWIW you can pick up cheap suspension forks, you can sometimes grab a set of manitous for £20ish. Sure rigid and big tyres will work but factor in wide rims to stop the blancmange feeling and the costs go up! Soo set of branded but cheap sussers 2.1 tyres and regular wheels is todays opinion!


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