On the noleens.... Were they a 1 1/8 or is it possible to get a 1 inch also did it need a specific headset or standard?
Steerer is 1 1/8, I don't believe it was produced in 1 inch. It doesn't need a specific headset, any aheadset will do, mine is just a fairly cheap standard cartridge bearing headset.
The fork used to come in two versions with different length steerers and spacing between upper and lower mount. One accomodating a headset stack height of up to 163mm and one for up to 200mm (known as the critical height in the manual). You picked the one that suited the head tube of your frame. If your stack height is less than the critical height you simply packed it out with spacers to exactly that dimension. The stack height with headset on my Mongoose frame was 155mm, so I used a 5mm and 3mm spacer between headset and upper mount. You don't cut the steerer just use spacers below the upper mount and below (or above) the stem. Its a little more involved to fit than a standard fork as you have to dismantle the lower pivot to detatch the steerer, but easy enough and if I can fit one anyone can.
The Carbon Crosslink CS with Smartshock was produced in 98-2000 by K2 after they took over Proflex and before they threw Proflex out of the window. It's just a posh development of the Girvin Crosslink and was fitted to the high-end carbon frame Proflex and K2 bikes.