Oct 19, 2001 9:29 AM
|It's time to replace my old steel fork with a carbon one. I crashed and its toast. Looking for opinions on which fork to buy. I'll probably go with a metal steerer. The LBS recommends it over carbon steerer on larger frames (I'm on a 58 w/ 59 tt). I'm leaning toward the Time Millenium. Reynolds, Profile and Alpha are also in consideration. Have I overlooked any?|
|re: Carbon Forks?!||grzy|
Oct 19, 2001 10:35 AM
|No reason why you couldn't do just fine with a quality all carbon fork. The thing about a longer steerer not being as strong is mostly a bike shop myth from the semi-educated. Consider for a moment what the difference is between a long vs. short steerer. The applied moment from the front wheel cornering and braking under heavy loads doesn't change with the length of the steerer - only the length of the fork blades - which doesn't change. Next someone will counter that it's not as stiff axialy which is true - however, when one considers the very low axial loads you realize it's a non-issue. Then someone will say hey I'm a 200 lbs guy on a 58/59 cm frame - well there isn't a shortage of 200 lbs. gus on 54 cm frames - maybe not as common but not unusual. Finally realize that the designers of a given fork are very concerned about durabiltiy and liability. they're going to be looking at a recall and/or law suits if they don't get it right. I'd advise something like the Reynolds Ouzo Pro - a very solid design, but it isn't *the* lightest one out there. I think they've done their homework. In the world of composites you want to go with the folks that know what they're doing. Your real choice is threaded vs. threadless. |
Ultimately you'll be shocked at the difference if you go to a threadless all carbon design - both in terms of weight and handling.
I've crashed a couple times on my Ouzo and it's fine. I've seen failed Wound-Up forks.
|re: Carbon Forks?!||Birddog|
Oct 19, 2001 7:29 PM
|I have a setup similar to grzy's and I concur. Love my all carbon Ouzo!|
|re: Carbon Forks?!||koala|
Oct 20, 2001 5:18 AM
|Gotta concur wiyh the ouzo. I asked the builder about 1in vs. 1and1/8. he said go with the bigger head tube for all carbon at my weight(178). Excellent damping, handling and its light. I gotta say its the way to go.|| |