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Anyone know anything about Mizuno carbon forks?(5 posts)

Anyone know anything about Mizuno carbon forks?bill
Mar 26, 2001 12:36 PM
An Internet search revealed more hits than I would have expected -- the fork seems to be popular in Europe -- but I've seen nothing resembling a review or even much of a description. Tiramisu Imports builds them up on Pegoretti frames; they'll do Wound-Up if you want them to, but the Mizuno is their standard. They tell me that I won't be disappointed.
For what it's worth,mike mcmahon
Mar 26, 2001 12:59 PM
Wilier also uses Mizuno carbon forks on many of its bikes. A poster who goes by the name diazruonova (or something similar to that) on the VN board swears by his Mizuno fork and Wilier frame.
re: Anyone know anything about Mizuno carbon forks?zelig1
Mar 26, 2001 11:41 PM
I posted the same question about a month ago and only got a few responeses on three boards including one from Diazrunova who's in Mexico on his Wilier. Principia used to spec them for their bikes although they've since changed and currently Lampre, riding Fondriest's, use the Mizuno.

I'm not sure that they're manufactured by Mizuno who appear to have their distribution and marketing rights. The Mizuno site reveals nothing. The Fiandre fork was originally brought to market by Pesenti, an Italian manufacturer. Unfortunately, their site is under construction. The Mizuno's have been well reviewed in the European cycling press and its interesting to note that the wall thickness of their carbon steerer is always mentioned as being the most substantial while that of the Ouzo, being the thinnest. The latter maybe explains Reynolds recommendation of no more than 20mm of spacers.

Mizuno models are as follows, F4 curved with steel steerer, F3 straight with steel steerer, F6 curved with carbon steerer (aluminum crown which is concealed in carbon), F7 straight with carbon steerer (al crown etc.), Alpe D'Huez curved with carbon crown and either carbon or titanium steerer, and Fiandre straight with carbon steerer and carbon crown. All are available with either 4.0 or 4.5 rake and come in 1". Weights are on par with the equivalent constructions models made by Reynolds or Look. They make a 1 1/8" model called the Evolution but I don't have the details.

Tests by Cycling + show their vertical and horizontal compliance to be greater than steel which is no surprise as only the Kestrel comes close to steel in these tests (lab not road tests) but they are on par with say the Reynolds, Time, etc. The nature of the tests were such that they were not effected by the material or diameter of the steerer.

The reason I've done the research is that I have a Look HSC-2 which I bought with a Vortex (on sale) from Colorado Cyclist and they cut the steerer. I find that my best position is using a 90 degree Ritchey with 8mm of spacers. To get the equivalent bar height with a 80 degree stem, a more common size, I need 20mm of spacers. Unfortunately there's not enough steerer left, hence the search for a new fork although I'm very happy after 2+ years with the Look. After a bit of thinking, I'm probably going to stay with the Ritchey although this decision will wait until it gets warmer.

I have a Merckx Ex in storage in the States with a Time fork and threaded steerer which I'm going to swap out and go threadless. It looks like I'm going to buy a Mizuno Fiandre before I leave England as US distribution, as you noted, appears to be non-existent.

Hope this helps.
re: Anyone know anything about Mizuno carbon forks?markwa
Mar 27, 2001 11:34 AM
Quintana Roo outfitted their roadbikes with Mizuno forks, when they still made raodbikes. I've been riding a QR with the Mizuno fork (aluminum crown and cro-moly steerer) for about a year and have been very satisfied, although I have no point of reference to other carbon forks. I recall reading very positive reviews some time back.
Just another made in China fork (nm)Freshwood
Mar 29, 2001 8:55 PM