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    If there are any rigid riders out there that would like to share info let me know, we are a rare breed

    Here's a recent vid I shot.

    RIGID MTB FILM - Florida "Sand Blasting" - YouTube

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    Fun video! Nice work with the shots and with the bike.

    I ride rigid. I've only ever owned rigid bikes and have no current intentions otherwise. I'll ride my Vanilla til I break it then get something similar, I suppose, because I have no complaints. I tend to stay on or near the ground, but rooty, rocky, twisty singletrack is heaven to me. Not much I know to share - the basis of riding rigid is akin to riding singlespeed because of the relative simplicity (not saying it's the same). Fat tires, bent knees and elbows, and staying near the limits of the pucker factor are my keys to having fun and staying generally safe.

    You certainly seem to have it down quite nicely. ;)
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    Most trails aren't too rough around here, so rigid works pretty well. Big tire at low psi and all is well.
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    I ride rigid too.

    Sometimes it is goot. Other times it sucks.

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    ONLY rigid, here. I was riding among the rocks and roots in my local, New England park last week and chanced upon a couple riders right out of Bicycling Magazine-full suspension, knee pads, visors, the works. We chatted for a minute and I went about my way. I could hear the murmurs-"He's riding rigid!"


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    Pump track & sk8 park rig. Might have to start natural fiber bikes thread.


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    Thanks for the shout out for rigids!! I have rode solid rides for years and years and love it !

    I have dabbled with front or full squish but always return to simplicity.

    We may be beat, sore and vibrated to death by the end of a good ride but nothing in the biking world feels better to me.

    Post up anytime with rigid info or comments after all we are the ''Rigid Minority"...I'll be posting more vids as well...ride on!!!

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    My roots are BMX and freestyle as it used to be called. I rode half pipe for years and even though age is catching up to me I'm a life long cycler!

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    Sorry, didn't realize this was a gallery post. Here's mine:

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    I'd been rigid for the same reasons I've started singlespeeding. Not because it was cool but because I'm I tightassmofo. This is prior to elbow surgery, high on the Monarch Crest. Aluminum fork, too. Yeowtch. Now I have another SS hardtail but this frame hangs in the garage begging me to take it back out on a date.


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    See rant on Paceline forum about not being able to 'convince' anyone to buy my geared Kona Unit 29er with a rigid fork. Rigid is fun. Why doesn't anyone where I live know this?

    PS that video looks like boring riding! Sand must destroy bikes, non?

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    I have two rigid bikes at my house now, this one showed up yesterday for a review on Singletracks. The Luddite by Civilian Bikes. Should put some miles on it this weekend.

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    I prefer rigid especially when riding single speed. I currently don't have any rigid MTBs in my quiver of bikes (have one in the planning stages), but here's a shot of my last rigid beast:

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    I'm never bored when on a bike. We have to make due with the local terrain and in Southwest Florida pancake flat and sand dominate. You have to be creative and make the best of what you've got.

    As far as sand destroying bikes, the aluminum chain wheel/rings wear out the fastest other than that I havn't had any other problems since there are very few moving parts on a rigid to worry about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nierman View Post
    I'd been rigid for the same reasons I've started singlespeeding. Not because it was cool but because I'm I tightassmofo. This is prior to elbow surgery, high on the Monarch Crest. Aluminum fork, too. Yeowtch. Now I have another SS hardtail but this frame hangs in the garage begging me to take it back out on a date.

    Nice ride. I owned an SE 29nr SS with aluminum fork and rode the hell out of that bike. I know SE quality went down hill sometime ago but I had a blast on it for over a year before dirt jumping it snapped the aluminum fork sending me head first into the dirt and then for x-rays (no broken bones, just bruised). So I installed an Identity long chro-mo fork, then the frame snapped behind the head tube while riding a large root section008.JPG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterDangerPants View Post
    I prefer rigid especially when riding single speed. I currently don't have any rigid MTBs in my quiver of bikes (have one in the planning stages), but here's a shot of my last rigid beast:

    Love the polished look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdxharth View Post
    Fun video! Nice work with the shots and with the bike.

    I ride rigid. I've only ever owned rigid bikes and have no current intentions otherwise. I'll ride my Vanilla til I break it then get something similar, I suppose, because I have no complaints. I tend to stay on or near the ground, but rooty, rocky, twisty singletrack is heaven to me. Not much I know to share - the basis of riding rigid is akin to riding singlespeed because of the relative simplicity (not saying it's the same). Fat tires, bent knees and elbows, and staying near the limits of the pucker factor are my keys to having fun and staying generally safe.

    You certainly seem to have it down quite nicely. ;)
    Thanks for the compliments!

    I would say the Pucker factor plays in huge when bombing rocky, rooty downhills that's for sure but when you reach the bottom in one piece you feel like you slayed a dragon!

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    Default Re: Any rigid riders out there?

    I love no suspension.
    I don't love it when the frame's designed for travel, and you've got to run a rigid fork that jacks the front of the bike up.

    Why doesn't anyone make a production off-road bike designed for no-suspension?
    I cannot fricken wait for the impending Don Bike.

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    I'm with you. A heavy duty all mountain rigid only design would rock!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by treadonme View Post
    Why doesn't anyone make a production off-road bike designed for no-suspension?
    I cannot fricken wait for the impending Don Bike.
    Raleigh did for a while, they had a non-suspension corrected XXIX.
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