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Reynolds Ouzo Pro vs. Comp(5 posts)

Reynolds Ouzo Pro vs. CompStarliner
Jan 7, 2002 10:08 AM
I am going to be building up an aluminum frame. Any thoughts as to whether there would be a noticable difference between an aluminum steerer or a carbon steerer (1-1/8" threadless) in feel and comfort for a 195lb. rider.

Also, any comments on the Ouzo Comp fork? (Product Reviews doesn't list the Comp) Any strong cases for getting the Pro over the Comp other than weight savings?
re: Reynolds Ouzo Pro vs. Comppmf1
Jan 7, 2002 10:45 AM
Some people feel more confident using a fork with a metalic rather than carbon steerer. If you are going to use more than 2 cm of spacers, the metalic steerer may be better (I have been told not to exceed 2 cm of spacers on a carbon steerer fork). I have a bike with a steel steerer carbon fork (Kestrel) and two bikes with carbon steerer carbon forks (Colnago Star, Look HSC2). I weigh what you do and can't tell the difference.

To sum it up, the comp is heavier, less expensive and will allow more spacers.
re: Reynolds Ouzo Pro vs. CompKEN2
Jan 7, 2002 5:04 PM
It doesn't say anything about it on their site, but I was told by a salesperson online that the Pro is not recommended for riders over 185 lbs. I weigh the same as you do and would rather not lie awake at night (to say nothing of descending at 45+ mph) thinking about a fatigue break in a carbon steerer tube. I have the Ouzo Comp and it's great.
re: Reynolds Ouzo Pro vs. CompSnowBlind
Jan 8, 2002 3:42 PM
check out a AlphaQ fork, they have a Aluminum sleeve in the carbon steerer, this allows the use of a regular star-fangled nut instead of the expander dohicky required of other all carbon forks. Carbon fork is rated to 200lbs and 325 for the tandem version. CAn be painted without voiding warrenty
re: Reynolds Ouzo Pro vs. CompEric
Jan 8, 2002 6:50 PM
I think you will be OK with the Ouzo Pro at 195 lbs. Gord Fraser wins bunch sprints with this fork and he's no monster in terms of size but he can certainly push a fork to its limits.

The Ouzo Pro is very different from the Comp. The Pro has carbon legs, carbon crown and carbon steerer. The Comp has carbon legs bonded to an aluminum crown with an aluminum steerer. The aluminum crown accounts for the majority of the weight difference, plus the steerer. Reynolds claims the one-piece manufacturing of its all-carbon fork gives it superior strength and in terms of fatigue failure, the all-carbon fork should be much better. I would get the Ouzo Pro.