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Colnago fork questions(7 posts)

Colnago fork questionsJohnG
May 5, 2001 9:44 AM
Greetings

I'd like to get "real world" weights for the Flash, Force, and Star Carbon forks. Also, any general recommendations for a 150# rider would be appreciated. The fork will be used on a new build with a Technos or maybe a MasterX frame. I'd like to get to the low 18# range so fork weight is an issue. BTW: I'm not a monster masher and prefer a smooth ride over a stiff-rail type ride.

Thanks
JohnG
advertised weights....dave
May 5, 2001 3:31 PM
The star is advertised to be around 350 grams, the force is 420 grams and the flash is 490. Only 5 ounces between the heaviest and the lightest. I doubt there is any significant difference in ride. They are all similarly shaped.

I have the star on a C-40. It's a fine fork, but not worth several hundred more than the flash.

For cheap prices on Colnago, see totalcycling.com. Stock is limited, but the prices are low.
I don't believe the advertised weights.JohnG
May 5, 2001 5:55 PM
I've seen these #'s before and I wouldn't put much value in them. :( The bike industry is notorious for misinformation. I've seen this in nearly all of the components I've personally weighed.
that's nice...dave
May 6, 2001 7:23 AM
I won't waste my time again. Personally, I think weighing parts to see if they match the advertised weight is silly. All manufactured prouducts have variations, and the weight of a fork, particularly with a steel steering tube, is affected a lot by the final cut length of the steerer. The advertised weights of the Colnago forks should provide a reasonably accurate basis for comparison.
re: Colnago fork questionsKevinpmac
May 5, 2001 8:16 PM
My Flash is cut to 235 mm. It weighs 541 grams on a lab digital scale.
FYI-
1) It is very stiff. More so than the Precisa it replaced.
2) Got it from a guy that replaced it with a Force to save weight. He was disappointed in the purchase. Stated that it rode exactly the same. Do not know the weight of his Force for comparison.
re: Colnago fork questionsJohnG
May 5, 2001 8:40 PM
Thanks..... that's exactly the info that I was looking for.

Hmmmm.... I'm surprised the carbon forks are stiffer than the steel precisa. I was told by a Colnago dealer that the carbon forks felt "nicer" than the steel. Also, some pros were said to have put the steel fork on their bikes to "stiffen" them up. Go figure!

JohnG
re: Colnago fork questionsAD14
May 7, 2001 7:46 AM
I to have to question the veracity of the carbon forks being stiffer than the steel one Ihave on my masterlight. It weighs 720 grams and seems stiff as any Ihave ridden. Damon Rinard tested the fork and it is very stiff.