Thats just scary and painful! GL if you decide to go that route.
I think with a good fork, rigid may not be that bad. When I test rode Halter's Haro 29er, the rigid fork was rough on me, but all things considered, not unbearable... and that is a steel fork... I could see running one of these on a HT someday... especially in the Winter when I don't like to subject a suspension fork to the harsh conditions.