to save a buck or avoid a trip to the shop: On that cool 29er you’ve been piecing together for the past year, don’t use a fork that’s designed, built, tested and certified for a 26-inch wheel.
Use this one. It’s intended for 29-inch wheels. You can tell cos it says “F29” right on it.
True, it’s frustrating that there are so few decent forks for 29ers. That, and the interchangeability of disk-compatible hubs irrespective of wheel size, make it awfully tempting to shortcut manufacturer recommendations.
Like your mom told you: If you do it anyway, you won’t have anyone to blame but yourself.