One final thought regarding the mankato race. I love the feel of both of my rigid mountain bikes. They climb nice and smooth and you know exactly what's what when you're ripping through the single track. At Kato, when decending through some rough stuff on lap one when I was completely blown and trying to find my sanity, I was bouncing off stuff and pretty much out of control with the rigid fork. It was brutal. Still not sure if a suspension fork is the answer, since 3/4 of the lap, the rigid fork was fine. But, man it would have been really nice and probably faster to have some cushion up front when things were going south. I wonder if that Fox 29er fork is available yet???