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Which carbon fork should I get? Other parts for lightness?(3 posts)

Which carbon fork should I get? Other parts for lightness?Larry Klassen
Feb 25, 2002 4:45 PM
I am building up a light Ti bike, and wondering what fork you folks would recommend. I am actually building my own company up selling Ti frames, various Ti components, etc., and would like to build up my own Ti road bike as light as possible, sort of as a demo (my company is called Red River Racing, by the way, based in Winnipeg, Canada). The frames are about 3.2 lbs, so not bad, and I would like to match it up with really light stuff (but not stuff that will fold on the first ride) to get it as light as possible. Any thoughts on specific wheelsets, tires, carbon fork (1 1/8" threadless), bar, stem, groupo (I am thinking partly Ultegra, with Dura Ace in there as well for weight savings) would be greatly appreciated. please feel free to email me directly at ljklassen@mb.sympatico.ca thanks!
re: Which carbon fork should I get? Other parts for lightness?weiwentg
Feb 28, 2002 8:41 AM
fork: Reynolds Ouzo Pro
wheels: Velomax Ascent Comp, Mavic Ksyrium SSL, Campy Neutron ... if you're willing to try something different, try Speed Dream (www.speeddream.com) or Bill Shook (www.shookdesigns.com)
groupset: why not full Dura Ace? or Record, for that matter?
Dittogrzy
Feb 28, 2002 9:47 AM
The Reynolds is a fine product. I'd pair it with the Ritchey WCS stem and consider the Easton CF bar. If you're going to mix and match DA & Ultegra I'd use the DA sti shifters and crank, but go Ultegra on the brake calipers deraileurs and BB (maintenance issue) since the weight and performance is about the same, but cost is significantly lower. A DA cogset is lighter and I've been favoring SRAM chains lately. Shimano chains are good, but don't seem to last as long and IRD chains are a pain with their connecting link system. Ksyriums have good weight and are about as bomb proof as you can get on a high end wheelset. You can get lighter wheels, but you lose the robustness. An Alien seat post is one of the lightest you can get, but Thomson is a more economical alternative and is heavier. There aren't a lot of differences in terms of weight on headsets, but the prices really vary. A King unit is super nice, but hard to justify - I'd avoid a Cane Creek - they're pretty finicky to set up and not made that well - still they're dirt cheap. Campy makes a reasonable threadless HS. I favor Selle Italia saddles due to their weight, quality and fit, but that's highly personal.