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Help me choose a fork for my Specialized S Works M4....(4 posts)

Help me choose a fork for my Specialized S Works M4....KurtVF
Jan 19, 2002 5:20 PM
Someone just picked me up one of these in PRK (Peoples Republic of Kalifornia). It is a 58cm. frame, and has a 1" head tube. I weigh about 200 lbs., so I think CF steerer tubes are out of the question. I want somthing to match this stiff frame, and maybe absorb road vibration, without the wet noodle feel. I'm considering a LOOK LDS Pro 3, AME carbon/titanium, Ouzo comp, Kestrel EMS, etc. Help me decide. Thanks.
visit chucks bikes and save bucksnaff geezer
Jan 19, 2002 10:07 PM
they have a look lds ll for $85 (alu steerer and carbon fork arms) and they also have FSA duron headsets (threaded) for $15. nashbar have a sale on ITM eclypse stems for around $16 bucks and the ITM 260 pro italia bar will be stiff enough to match the rest (around $40 from most anywhere). if you decide to go with the kestrel they are on special from the kestrel site still (i think) and should come in a threadless model if that is your fancy. i ride the same look fork and am 15 pounds lighter and do not notice any noodling.
dont bother emailing - just call them and if you are wary (like me) they can do a C>O>D for a few bucks more.

a good 32 spoke wheelset from colorado or excel is a good all round wheelset that is invaluable and will suit your weight. go with plain db spokes and brass nipples.

if you plan on keeping it for a while go with a chris king headset so you wont ever have to think about it again.

if you are building the whole bike from scratch then maybe a build kit will save you some bucks in the end.

good luck comrade
visit chucks bikes and save bucksmackgoo
Jan 20, 2002 12:42 AM
Man that Ti Tsunami is beautifull.
visit chucks bikes and save bucksKurtVF
Jan 20, 2002 6:56 AM
Thanks Geezer, that's a great site.