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Litespeed LiteTEC or Ouzo Pro?(7 posts)

Litespeed LiteTEC or Ouzo Pro?MP
Jan 25, 2002 9:00 AM
I'm planning to get a new Litespeed Siena and am not sure which fork to get. I don't race and want the most comfortable fork. Any thoughts?
Ouzo Pro...TJeanloz
Jan 25, 2002 9:11 AM
I like Litespeed, most people here know that. But newsflash to Litespeed: You're not in the carbon fiber fork business.

Litespeed builds awesome ti bikes. They do not make carbon forks- they spec that work out to Advanced Composites in Taiwan. AC has a pretty dubious reputation for shoddy workmanship and not-so-great forks. I think it is a HUGE mistake for somebody like Litespeed to have these clowns build their forks. (in fairness, almost any carbon fork that isn't a LOOK, Time, Reynolds, Wound Up, or AME is built by AC).

Reynolds builds a great fork. The Ouzo pro took the industry by storm when it was introduced for a good reason. It is simply the best all-around fork on the market.
Ouzo Pro...dsc
Jan 25, 2002 12:07 PM
I don't have any experience with the other forks mentioned in the above post, but I can vouch for the Ouzo Pro. I've had zero problems with mine, and it gives a very comfortable and confidence-inspiring ride.

Definitely ...pmf1
Jan 25, 2002 10:06 AM
My wife has a LS fork on her Tuscany. Its less than impressive. Almost any after-market fork is probably better. I have a Look HSC on my LS. I hear great things about Ouza Pro too.
c'mon pfm1Paul
Jan 31, 2002 10:32 AM
Hi Pete, wait till you see my Look 386! Two guys I ride with have Ouzo pros on their Merlins, one thought it had too much windup, but has gotton use to it. I have the hsc 3 fork, and at first i didn't like it, didn't seem as stable as the alloy steerer. One big problem with the Ouzo (and any other fork with a short rake), is you have foot overlap when turning, starting. Again something to get use to. Overall, carbon rides nice. Bike is very stiff as it is billed as a multi-piupose bike (adjustabled wheelbase, and highly adjustable ERGO seat post for use in time trials, etc). Saw you and Kathy over the weekend on the trail.

Jan 31, 2002 6:00 PM
It isn't really the fault of the fork for the toe overlap - it's the design of the frame and the size/location of the rider's shoe and the crank arm length. In fact many of the frame builders specify the rake spec and you'd have the same problem no matter which fork is used - even theirs. All that being said most modern road racing bikes in the medium sizes have the "toe overlap problem" whihc isn't really a problem b/c you don't ride the bike this slowly or turn the wheel that much.
re: Litespeed LiteTEC or Ouzo Pro?MP
Jan 25, 2002 1:14 PM
Thanks for the responses; looks like it's Reynolds for me.