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Threaded vs threadless forks/headsets questions(7 posts)

Threaded vs threadless forks/headsets questionsBig Cat
Oct 12, 2001 7:32 AM
Can someone give me the low down on the difference , performance wise, between threaded vs treadless fork set ups?
I have a perfectly good carbon threaded Kestrel EMS fork, and won't need to replace it any time soon, but when I do, is it a neccesity to go threadless? Will threaded be phased out? Is Threadless lighter , stronger, more durable etc?

I want to know, so when I start shopping for a headset and stem etc, I buy what I will need for my NEXT fork.

also- What is the alledged life span of a carbon road fork? Mine is 5 years old, and some say I should replace it? But it rides fine and is stable when I do the down hill, no hands test.
the generalized viewnestorl
Oct 12, 2001 8:22 AM
1. is lighter
2. stiffer
3. looks better.
4. more options

No other benefits I experienced. Nestor
arguable points, all of themnfm
Oct 12, 2001 8:54 AM
Agree. That's why I said "generalized" :-). nmnestorl
Oct 12, 2001 9:36 AM
Agree. That's why I said "generalized" :-). nmBig Cat
Oct 12, 2001 9:50 AM
Thanks. That is a start. Threadless will be my option when I upgrade. Any thoughts on fork durability? How long do Carbon forks maintian their ride quality?
Difference in performance? Zero.DaveG
Oct 14, 2001 7:59 AM
You asked what the difference in performance was. Not sure what you meant by "performance" but both systems pretty much do the same mundane thing: attach your steering and fork together and provide bearings on which it turns - that's it. Both systems can handle that well. Threadless can be a bit lighter and is becoming the norm, but you can still get a threaded fork albeit with less selection. Threaded still retains an advantage in fit adjustability. Threaded system are easier to adjust the headset tightness. I wouldn't spend the money unless you were already planning on changing out your headset and fork
Difference in performance? Zero.Big Cat
Oct 15, 2001 12:50 PM
Thanks. I will upgrade only when my fork dictates .