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Steel forks vs. carbon fiber forks(4 posts)

Steel forks vs. carbon fiber forksM.E.
Nov 14, 2001 11:28 AM
Obviously there is a weight savings, but beyond that are there major reasons why I should take the steel fork off my Salsa & go with carbon fiber, which would result in a fairly significant cash outlay. I also have a threaded headset and I dip into the Clydesdale category at 210 lbs.
It's not that obvious...TJeanloz
Nov 14, 2001 1:04 PM
Most people have assumed that a carbon fiber fork is always lighter than a steel fork. This is not true. It is true that the lightest carbon forks are lighter than the lightest steel forks- but the heaviest carbon is heavier than the lightest steel. Clear as mud.

If I were you, with a good quality steel fork, I wouldn't change it for carbon. Because you have a threaded stem and headset, you'll need to get a steel steerer tubed fork. There won't be appreciable weight savings (maybe a few grams), there will be a cash outlay, and the ride quality probably won't be better, and may be worse.

Good steel forks are hard to beat. The best carbon forks have been pretty amazing- but with a steel steerer, you'd be looking at a middle-of-the-road model, and it probably won't give you the benefits you want.
re: Steel forks vs. carbon fiber forksRusty Coggs
Nov 14, 2001 5:41 PM
The way to realise significant weight savings, if that is what you are after is an all carbon fork,threadless Hs, and fairly expensive lightweight stem.The ride might be better,but many streel forks are very good. Another consideration if your fork is 1" is that with your weight and how the final installation ends up you may have excess flex in the steerer.
re: Steel forks vs. carbon fiber forksR. Ortega
Nov 17, 2001 7:11 PM
I agree.....a good steel fork beats a cheapo carbon fiber fork, hands down. That all carbon Profile fork is a piece of garbage(and $200), for example.