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Forks --- Is there really any difference???(7 posts)

Forks --- Is there really any difference???justaguy
Aug 20, 2001 12:18 AM
I'm looking around at the all carbon forks available, 1 1/8 steerer. I've considered the Look HSC3, Easton EA90, Reynolds Ouza Pro, and some others like profile. I want a comfortable ride, but stiffness too. I only weigh 140 lb, but I ride agressively. So the question is, is there any difference between these, or should i just go for the one that looks the best? (i like the HSC3)
re: Forks --- Is there really any difference???keith m.
Aug 20, 2001 7:07 AM
A good friend of mine who works in the bike industry went for a tour of the Reynolds facility. He said they had a stress testing machine and that the Reynolds forks came out the best when compared to others. Also they cut open different forks and you could see 'voids' or air pockets in the carbon, but not on the Reynolds. He was thouroughly convinced after this tour that if strength and consistent quality matters then Reynolds was the way to go. That being said, my next bike is getting a Columbus fork with 1 1/8" carbonsteerer and Ti crown due to a recommendation from the frame builder.
re: Forks --- Is there really any difference???Jofa
Aug 20, 2001 2:40 PM
I'm sure there are variations in manufacturing quality and maybe durability as Keith well describes, but in use I doubt there's a detectable difference. Forks flex more than frames (the flex is virtually entirely contained in the crown, however: the difference between straight and curved legs is only picturesque), but still not much relative to tyre flexion and squirm, and a lot less than one might think. I don't understand much about the stress modes of carbon composites, but given that these predominate now I'd probably choose one which isn't the lightest, if you get my point.

Possiblegrzy mnky
Aug 20, 2001 3:36 PM
Went from an older Time model to an Ouzo and noticed a significant difference. Problem is in determining exactly what the source of the difference was. Carbon vs. steel steerer (weight & flex), different rake, threadless vs. threaded w/stem & bars, King headset vs. Shimano.

For my money the Ouzo has been a great purchase, but the other ones are probably good also - just differerent. You'd have to have a lot of time on your hands to be able to do a "straight up" comparison. Some of the bike mags may have this info. Not a fan of the "stright look" of the HSC - I like the svelt curves of the Reynolds....dreamy.
2 of 3 LOOK HSC modelsraler
Aug 22, 2001 10:06 AM
are curved. Im not a fan of straight forks either as it seems like it would focus the load just under the steerer tube.
Is there really any difference between a fat chick.....tirider
Aug 20, 2001 7:05 PM
... and a lingerie model?
So what's your preference?grzy mnky
Aug 21, 2001 4:21 PM
You oughta get slammed for that one.