Experience Smoother Rides With Bike Rigid Forks

When it starts to get sunny out, many people commute to work via bike, so now is a good time to purchase a rigid bike fork, which is useful for riding over paved surfaces in the warm weather. These bike forks provide stability and have strong braking systems for quick stopping. A rigid fork on a mountain bike will grant you the stopping power and stability you need to succeed.

How are brakes attached to a rigid fork on a mountain bike?
  • Center-mounted – With a center-mounted system, the brakes are attached to the fork's top via bolts. One of these systems features metal wire attaching to a clamping brake system right above the tire. When you press the brake, the wires pull taught, which closes the clamp's rubber ends onto the wheel, which stops the bike. There are often referred to as caliper brakes.
  • Fork-mounted – These are mounted directly on the front portion of the fork. You’ll notice that the fork-mounted braking system's main components are bolted on both prongs of the fork and use a similar metal wiring system as a caliper brake. There are two fork-mounted systems, which are called cantilever and “V” brake systems. Cantilever brakes are often used in cyclocross and are very strong compared to caliper-based, center-mounted brakes. The Shimano “V” brakes are strong still – these linear-pull brakes have very high stopping power.
  • Disc brakes – These have been a staple for years on mountain biking forks. The “disc” portion of disc brakes starts at the center of your bicycle wheel. At this portion, a disc is compressed through one of two systems to stop the bike. These systems are mechanical, which uses cables like those on both fork-mounted and center-mounted systems, and hydraulic, which uses a fully-integrated hydraulic line with fluid to compress the brakes onto the wheel. Disc brakes tend to have the highest stopping power.
What is the difference between rigid forks and suspension forks?

With a suspension bike fork, the fork has a telescoping design, which is very similar to the kinds of suspension systems that you’d find on a car or truck. These are designed to compress when you hit a bump or make a landing, which can contribute to a smoother ride. This is because they absorb energy, so if your ride is bumpier during your spring commutes, then this may be a good option. While convenient, these add extra bike weight. With a rigid fork, you simply have a fork system that is there to secure the wheel and to brake the bike. Rigid forks are shorter and are good for traversing over paved surfaces.

What is the difference between magnesium and aluminum rigid bike forks?

If you ever look at older bikes, most likely they will be constructed of vintage steel forks, but within the last few decades, aluminum has become the leading material. This is because aluminum bike forks tend to be stronger while maintaining a low weight. Magnesium, which is gaining in popularity thanks to a few new magnesium-based alloys, is even more lightweight than aluminum but tends to be slightly expensive.

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