Fully Rigid and Single Speed (Part 1)

I finally did it.  I’ve been threatening to do it for a while, but have always talked myself out of it.  Not this time.  I took the Fox Float FIT Terralogic 80mm suspension fork off my single speed Raleigh Talus Carbon Pro.

What can I say?  Sweet!

What can I say? Sweet!

I’ve always liked riding rigid — the bike just feels like it is not even there it’s so light.  It climbs like a goat and it corners like it’s on rails.  Well, unless there are lots of roots and rocks, in which case it tends to bounce around a bit.  Technical descents get a bit bumpy as well.

Lately I’ve been reading a lot and researching online trying to figure out how to ramp up my technical skills and one common theme I keep coming across is riding a fully rigid bike.  The theory seems to be that with suspension you tend to get lazy and just point and shoot.  Suspension is very forgiving.

They don't get much lighter than this!

They don’t get much lighter than this!

On a rigid bike you have to be much more picky choosing your lines, and you have to improve your technique and learn to ride better.  Just as single speed doesn’t allow you to get lazy in terms of power, rigid doesn’t allow you to get lazy in terms of technique.

We’ll see soon enough.  The fork is from my old Niner One 9 and it weighs in at only 660 grams.  That’s about two pounds less than my Fox fork.  As pictured the entire bike, with pedals weighs in at a whopping 18 pounds 6 ounces.  That’s lighter than some of the cross bikes I’ve owned.