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Lewis Moon
10-08-2014, 09:32 AM
I'm turning my mid 90s Skunkhumper into a commuter bike. I currently have a 26" Surly fork on it with non-tapered, raked blades and, quite frankly, it's as ugly as butt nuggets. Who makes nice looking rigid replacement forks for MTBs that formerly had short(er) travel suspension forks?

...and as everyone knows, I'm cheep.

buldogge
10-08-2014, 09:43 AM
Kona Project 2?

-Mark in St. Louis

I'm turning my mid 90s Skunkhumper into a commuter bike. I currently have a 26" Surly fork on it with non-tapered, raked blades and, quite frankly, it's as ugly as butt nuggets. Who makes nice looking rigid replacement forks for MTBs that formerly had short(er) travel suspension forks?

...and as everyone knows, I'm cheep.

Richard
10-08-2014, 09:48 AM
Might want to try here:

http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/bdp/4697356724.html

echelon_john
10-08-2014, 09:49 AM
http://store.somafab.com/socrmtbfoca.html

Or this; still kind of a piece of crap, but the proportions/scale will look better on an older steel bike than the bulk of the Surly fork.

Plus it's not suspension corrected:
http://www.modernbike.com/product-2126182404?gclid=CLrQpMOZncECFadj7AodVCwACQ

fiamme red
10-08-2014, 10:10 AM
Vicious Cycles makes rigid forks: http://viciouscycles.com/forks.php3.

thirdgenbird
10-08-2014, 10:11 AM
Kona Project 2?

-Mark in St. Louis

That's what I just did. It is a little thin for the m2 frame, but would look perfect on the steel version. Regardless, I am still very happy with the choice.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk177/thirdgenbird/stumpjumper/E47B9CC6-3F34-4BFD-97B3-B13106425F5B_zpscresiral.jpg

I got it from bikeman. They were great. I forgot to order a SFN and when I called them, they threw it in the box for free. It was only like $2, but it was still great service.

Lewis Moon
10-08-2014, 10:26 AM
That's what I just did. It is a little thin for the m2 frame, but would look perfect on the steel version. Regardless, I am still very happy with the choice.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk177/thirdgenbird/stumpjumper/E47B9CC6-3F34-4BFD-97B3-B13106425F5B_zpscresiral.jpg

I got it from bikeman. They were great. I forgot to order a SFN and when I called them, they threw it in the box for free. It was only like $2, but it was still great service.

Actually my Skunkhumper is one of the A1 models that were designed for suspension forks.
Like this:? http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/lewisyr/photo21.jpg

Anarchist
10-08-2014, 10:35 AM
Chris DeKerf.

DRZRM
10-08-2014, 10:40 AM
Waltworks and White Brothers Rock Solid 26er too expensive? The WB pop up on ebay from time to time, though they make more 29er versions.

Edit: Just remembered the WB is disk only.

Here is an On-One in white on the bay. Looks OK?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ON-ONE-RIGID-CRO-MO-MOUNTAIN-BIKE-FORK-26-RIM-OR-DISC-BRAKE-1-1-8-THREADLESS-/231351457409?pt=US_Forks&hash=item35dd9f1681

thirdgenbird
10-08-2014, 11:20 AM
Actually my Skunkhumper is one of the A1 models that were designed for suspension forks.
Like this:? http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/lewisyr/photo21.jpg

The p2 should work great. They offer several lengths to suit different frames. My suspension fork (1997 m2) was very short so I used the shortest they offered and the HTA was retained. Don't forget to account for sag.

That pic looks like an m2 and not an a1 by the way. Pretty sure I see the "made in USA" sticker on the seat tube.

THE ARS
10-09-2014, 06:31 PM
Independent Fabrication.

http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc438/DELTUFFOIL/parts001_zps1489265f.jpg

PacNW2Ford
10-10-2014, 12:04 AM
like-new Igleheart New England Segmented Fork (like Yo Eddy). crown-to-axle = 413mm, 1-1/8" steerer cut to 180mm, black, cantilever or V-brake bosses only. $100 shipped to CONUS. PM for photos

thirdgenbird
10-10-2014, 12:25 AM
That's what I wanted.

bart998
10-10-2014, 05:09 AM
http://www.deanbikes.com/forks.html

holliscx
10-10-2014, 06:01 AM
Marty Walsh makes a Fat City inspired “Yo Marty”

http://www.geekhousebikes.com/bikes/fork/

thirdgenbird
10-10-2014, 08:32 AM
Two great options bur far from cheap like the OP requested.