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Fork and Stem Suggestions(8 posts)

Fork and Stem SuggestionsMeDotOrg
Aug 7, 2001 10:43 AM
I'm building a road bike and have selected most of the components (Carl Strong steel frame with Carve carbon rear seat stays, Thomson Elite Road post and stem, Chorus Racing Triple Groupset and Mavic Open Pro Wheels), and I'm trying to decide on a fork and handlebars.

I can get a Look HSC-3 carbon fork for $195 (plus shipping) from Sdeals in England, or a Reynolds Ouzo Pro for $299 from Lickton. Does anyone have any personal experience with either or both of these forks? What is your opinion? Is the Reynolds worth $100 more than the Look?

As far as bars, I'm not really familiar with a lot of them. I'm not willing to spend the bucks for Carbon, so stiff, light aluminum is my target. Should be grooved for Campy. Some bars I'm considering:

ITM 215
ITM Millenium
Deda Newton
Deds 215
Cinelli Nerve

Although I'm 6', I have small hands, so reach is a consideration.
re: Fork and Stem Suggestionsgrzy mnky
Aug 7, 2001 3:24 PM
The Reynolds Ouzo is a pretty bomber fork and I've really enjoyed it for the 18 os. or so that I've had it on my bike. Handling was definitely improved and you can get it with a couple different rakes. I had a Look, but not the model you mentioned. The HSC-3 is lighter, but I'm not sure about the durability. Not that it matters a whole lot, but I think that visually the Reynolds is a work of art. Plus it's made in the USA if that matters to you.
re: Fork and Stem SuggestionsMeDotOrg
Aug 7, 2001 4:11 PM
Thanks, grzy mnky. I'm not sure I'll do it, but I'm leaning more towards the Reynolds now. It would be nice to have an "All American" bike, but with Campagnolo I'm not sure that's ever going to happen. But with a Strong Frame, Speedplays and Thomson, I'm getting closer. (I don't think I can count a Terry Saddle, can I? Aren't they made by Selle Italia?)
re: Fork and Stem Suggestionsmackgoo
Aug 7, 2001 5:22 PM
Just out of curiosity, you have Carve in the rear, why not the front? Or Muscle.
re: Fork and Stem SuggestionsHank
Aug 7, 2001 7:17 PM
I'd ask Carl Strong what fork he thinks would work best with that frame - rake, etc. I'd also look into the AME forks - I personally like the idea of a ti steerer. Andy Hampsten and Moots seem to think they're pretty good.
re: Fork and Stem SuggestionsCliff Oates
Aug 7, 2001 7:24 PM
FWIW, Kestrel also makes a fork with a ti steerer:
re: Fork and Stem SuggestionsAD14
Aug 8, 2001 3:08 AM
Chicago bicycle has a section on ITM, Cinelli and TTT bars. It teels the reach and drop of each. I believe Cinellis have the shortest reach and least drop, the ITM bars the most.
re: Fork and Stem SuggestionsMeDotOrg
Aug 8, 2001 8:09 AM
I sent an email to Carl last night - thanks for the tip about Alpha Q. The reviews seems to indicate that it is a well-constructed carbon steerer. My concern that it might be a little stiff for a guy who doesn't race. But after a month on an '83 Fuji, anything is going to seem great!