Q: Have a rigid Niner MCR 9
with largish (2.4) tires and low air
pressure. When I ride for more
than three hours, it beats me up.
Could you recommend a suspension
fork and comment on whether a
rigid carbon fork would make much
of a difference?
—Kevin, who is looking for a
A: A rigid fork—carbon or steel—is
going to be just that: rigid. While you
have done a good job making that rigid
bike as comfortable as possible with the
larger-volume tires and lower tire pressure, none of that is going to hold a
candle to the comfort a suspension fork
will bring to the party.
The addition of a suspension fork
will add a bit of weight to your bike,
but for around $800, you can essentially get a top-of-the-line fork from any of
the best suspension companies, ensuring that the weight gain is minimal.
Both the RockShox SID RCT3 and
the Fox 32 Float 29 Fit CTD are great
options that are available in 3.9-inch-travel versions, which will work perfectly on your MCR, which is optimized for forks between 3.1 and 3.9
inches of travel. Going toward this end
of the travel spectrum will make your
bike feel more trail-capable and give
you the comfort you’ve been looking
for on long rides.
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