I was looking around for a rigid fork and the 26" version of this aluminium rigid fork I was looking at, only has an axle to crown measurement of 40cm. That's a whopping 8cm shorter than my 26" suspension fork! I know there's maybe 3cm sag when you sit on the bike, but there certainly isn't 8cm of sag - so why is the rigid 26" that much shorter?
Have I just got a really long 26"?
Even the 29" version of that same rigid fork says the axle to crown is 47cm - which is still 1cm less than my old 26" suspension fork when it's got 5KG of weight on the handlebars.
These are what I was looking at for anyone interested:
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I mean if my current axle to crown is 48cm anyway, putting a rigid fork on that's 47cm isn't going to raise the handlebars or lengthen the wheelbase, right?
It would look real stupid with a 26" wheel, the mud clearance would be a vast expanse although this wouldn't be the first time I've run something like this and had a wheel way too small in a fork way too big for it. It doesn't look silly on the suspension fork because it's got 120mm of travel.