I just found this older post from a guy who calls himself Guitar Ted, about the resurgence of the rigid mountain bike fork. Thought I’d share:
He didn’t really go into a lot of detail as to why it’s once again become the trend to ride a rigid fork, however. Personally, I always thought it was pretty stupid to ride rough ground without some sort of suspension, but since I’ve been riding a couple rigid forks these last few months (aluminum and carbon), I’m a believer in fat tires and rigid forks.
Yes, it’s bumpier, to say the least. But with that, I’ve gained a better sense of the ground as I roll over it, no longer wondering where my front tire is. I descend a little slower, obviously, although I make up for it on the climbs due to zero energy being lot through suspension bobbing. I can definitely see why so many 29er and 650b riders are ditching the suspension forks in turn for larger-diameter, smoother rolling wheel/tire combos. For the time being, though, I’m more than happy riding rigid on 26" wheels and 2.3" tires at sub-30psi.
If you haven’t given it a try yet, find an inexpensive steel fork and go for a ride. It just might change your mind about needing suspension to make up for your riding technique.