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Any Threaded Carbon Forks Out There?(9 posts)

Any Threaded Carbon Forks Out There?Thomas Aschauer
Aug 28, 2001 1:19 PM
I'm having the worst luck trying to find a carbon fork for my road bike.
Apparently the bike shop said they can't even get any from Reynolds themselves. I guess I need a threaded one and it sounds like they're not making them anymore.

Any leads from anyone, or should I just buy a new headset and go threadless?
new headset not needed...C-40
Aug 28, 2001 1:57 PM
You can still get a threaded Profile BRC from coloradocyclist.com, but with strong trend toward threadless, this would be a good time to go threadless. You'll have a lot better selection of forks, and you can go to a carbon steerer for additional weight savings, if desired.

You don't have to get a new headset if yours is in good shape. All that's required is filing out the threads on the top bearing race so it's large enough to slide over the unthreaded steerer. The locknut can be pitched. The headset will then function with a threadless stem and steerer.
Have you actually done this? Mis-measured my threaded fork.TFerguson
Aug 29, 2001 7:28 AM
When I measured my wife's bike to buy a used fork, I added the head tube height to the stack height of the headset and determined that it had enough threads with just a little to spare. Obviously (now) part of that headset measurement is threads and I am short 1 cm. It is a chrome plated fork and threading it is beyond the cost of just reselling it. However, if what you are saying works, I could file out the top race (1 cm) and use two lock nuts to hold it down. I have an extra lock nut or two laying around. Does this sound feasible or dangerous. If my wife gets impaled on a broken steerer tube, she'll never forgive me. Thanks.
did you misread?C-40
Aug 29, 2001 6:06 PM
My answer only referred to a threaded headset being modified for use with an unthreaded steering tube and a threadless stem.

What you're suggesting does not sound wise.

If you bought a fork that was too long, you should exchange it for the correct length.

The only other good solution is to find a shop with a threading die and let them cut the threads down far enough to make it useable. The chrome plating could be pretty hard on a threading die, though. The chrome really needs to be removed from the steering tube. Any plating shop could remove the chrome, but I'm not sure it worth the trouble and expense.
What is the difference between.....TFerguson
Aug 30, 2001 7:46 AM
What is the difference between filing out the top race and holding it down with a stem/cap or holding it down with a pair of lock nuts. It is going over unthreaded steerer tube in either case.
Thanks,
Terry
a lot harder to adjust...C-40
Aug 30, 2001 2:15 PM
Using double locknuts will be a real pain to adjust and will less likely to stay in place, IMO. One of the best features of threadless is that it's easy to adjust to zero play and it stays set that way.
Kestrelgrzy mnky
Aug 28, 2001 1:59 PM
Recently the Kestrel boys were blowing out their EMS carbon forks with threaded steel steerers for $100. One of those should work, but you won't save as much weight as you would with a carbon steerer which only comes threadless. Not too many success stories with trying to put threads into CF. If you're just looking to replace a fork then the Kestrel should work. If you're looking to cut some weigh then go with the threadless carbon steerer. TX Cycle Sport is selling Ouzo's in 1" for around $259 - gotta tell 'em you saw their email flyer or they'll try to charge you more.
Yes! Tons of 'em!DrD
Aug 29, 2001 3:38 AM
If your LBS said they aren't making them anymore, they are misinformed!

You can get a threaded fork from pretty much any of the mailorder places (Colorado Cyclist, Nashbar, Performance, etc.) - Both profile and Kestrel have them (there are others, too - you can probably get an AME or Wound-up fork, too)

Kestrel still has their EMS on sale (with a threaded steel steerer) on their website (eee.kestrel-usa.com) for $125 - if you want the newer version (the EMS Pro) they have it for $199 (in threaded or threadless). The Kestrel is an exceptional fork.

If your LBS can't find one, they are probably not looking very hard (I would argue not at all - they want to sell you the whole schebang - fork, headset, and stem)
Look and Mizuno as well (nm)zelig1
Aug 29, 2001 6:14 AM