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    Default Rigid forkóDisc vs V-Brake

    Iíve ridden on a lot of forks. Steel, carbon, aluminum. Some nice ones. All were disc.

    I am thinking of getting a custom steel fork built. Ridden on XC type terrain in Utah. I want springy and light, which is why Iím going custom. Surly, Salsa, etc. are all built to take on 300lb riders. I weigh 160.

    Here is my question:
    Leave the brake performance aside. As far as the FORK performance goes, will a v-brake fork perform better than disc? I had a nice disc fork built for me years ago. Riding through rock gardens, it was awesome. Just flew through it. Wondering if extra compliance from v-brake fork will be noticeable.
     

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    Default Re: Rigid forkóDisc vs V-Brake

    I think a builder/expert would best answer and since you’re in Utah, call WaltWorks for his opinion.
    He has built more rigid mountain forks than anyone I am aware of (both canti & disc).
     

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    Default Re: Rigid forkóDisc vs V-Brake

    I wouldn't want a "springy" rigid fork with disk brakes. Uhm, lots of issues lurking.
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    Default Re: Rigid forkóDisc vs V-Brake

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Beaudoin View Post
    I think a builder/expert would best answer and since you’re in Utah, call WaltWorks for his opinion.
    He has built more rigid mountain forks than anyone I am aware of (both canti & disc).
    He’s the one that built my old fork. It was a nice fork. His opinion was, there is no difference between disc vs canti forks. He would use the same blades either way. I’m thinking builders’ opinions correlate strongly to simply what their preference is. Some, like Walt, build mostly disc bikes. Others, like McClung, prefer rim brakes. Each defend their position.Just wanting to hear from others who may have tried out both.
     

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    Default Re: Rigid forkóDisc vs V-Brake

    What about truss forks?

    My opinion is that unless you complicate the design you don't want a springy fork off-road nor going back to v-brakes.

    If you want more "spring" go with 2.6 to plus tires and/or drop the pressure a bit. That's why tubeless tires are good for, something we didn't have access in the old v-brakes age.
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    Default Re: Rigid forkóDisc vs V-Brake

    What wheel size?

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    Default Re: Rigid forkóDisc vs V-Brake

    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    What about truss forks?

    My opinion is that unless you complicate the design you don't want a springy fork off-road nor going back to v-brakes.

    If you want more "spring" go with 2.6 to plus tires and/or drop the pressure a bit. That's why tubeless tires are good for, something we didn't have access in the old v-brakes age.
    I tried 2.6, 2.8, 3.0. They work for some trails (ie Gooseberry Mesa). For general riding, they’re too hefty. I so much prefer 2.4”. Just enough pneumatic suspension to blast through rock gardens and light/small enough to feel nimble.

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    What wheel size?

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    Default Re: Rigid forkóDisc vs V-Brake

    Quote Originally Posted by hoch View Post
    2.6


    29”
    I can do this.

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