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Carbon fork for 215-lb. rider(6 posts)

Carbon fork for 215-lb. riderbhague
Apr 13, 2002 9:36 AM
I'm a 215-lb. recreational rider (ie, not a sprinter) riding a '99 Specialized AL frame/fork. For comfort on centuries and other long rides, I'm considering a carbon fork/steerer (would need to be 1" for my frame). Are these just for the flyweights, or am I safe w/this upgrade? What forks should I consider?
Kestrel worked great on my 2000 AL Allez, i'm about 220(nm)James
Apr 13, 2002 7:48 PM
re: Carbon fork for 215-lb. riderChaz_cycles
Apr 14, 2002 11:16 AM
I am the same the 210 and ride a Look and have no complaints. I also have a Kestrel Pro fork on my other bike it also rides fine alittle stiffer it has a alloy steerer so it weighs more. I know Colorodo Cyclist have the Kestrel on sale for about 130 bucks. So for less then half the price of a good all carbon fork you can get the Kestrel.
re: Carbon fork for 215-lb. riderbhague
Apr 22, 2002 10:40 AM
I'm not sold on the carbon/alloy combo. I can get the Look HSC for 179 at Supergo - what are your thoughts on the Look?
re: Carbon fork for 215-lb. rideratpjunkie
Apr 22, 2002 10:06 PM
I wouldn't suggest an all carbon 1" fork for a rider your, or my size.(I'm 230)If your steerer is 1.125 then I think you could get away with it but at our size it can be too much torque on the crown/steerer and stem/steere joint(s). I run an Ouzo Comp (Reynolds)about $200
(1" alloy/carbon) not too expensive and stiff! True Temper makes a carbon/titanium 1" as well and they have an all carbon fork that supposedly they've done some fine reenforcement to. I'm friends with a couple great mechanics and they've educated and talked me out of a few things as they know the torque I put on a bikes front end (I'm nearly 6'5", broad shouldered and like to hammer big gears). They've never steered me wrong and aren't motivated to sell me anything (it's not a customer-shop relationship, just riding buddies who happen to be astute wrenches) so I trust their opinions. They didn't put that fork in my "to get list" and even a salesman @ supergo (San Diego) agreed that the 1" Look HSC wouldn't cut it for riders our size.
Take a look at the Ouzo Comp before you buy anything.
I'm 220steve1244
Apr 15, 2002 8:54 AM
and have been riding an Easton EC70 for the last thousand miles or so and love it. Haven't noticed any flex/stability problems on steep, windy downhills. Fork appears to be stable as a rock.