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Newbie, fork upgrade help(8 posts)

Newbie, fork upgrade helpshaochieh
Apr 20, 2002 3:38 AM
I have a 97 Italian Bianchi Veloce(Picked it up in Germany none US verion). I want to upgrade a new fork on it. I weight about 170LBs. What would you suggest?
re: fork upgrade helpChen2
Apr 20, 2002 9:09 AM
Depends a lot on how much money you want to spend. I recently upgraded my '98 5500 with a Reynolds Ouzo Pro 1" carbon steerer, I weigh 165. It's a very nice fork.
What do you want?Andy M-S
Apr 20, 2002 10:29 AM
Seriously--why do you want to upgrade the fork? And what else do you want to upgrade? You can pick up a 1" threaded fork--carbon or alloy--for cheap these days. A 1" threadless--carbon with alloy or carbon steerer--for a little more.

I had some loose material inside my steel fork so I upgraded to a Profile BRC (1" threaded cro-mo stem) and I've been very happy with its performance. Not a lot of weight difference, but I think the ride is a bit better, and I like the look. And it cost me $50 used, so...
What do you want?shaochieh
Apr 20, 2002 11:22 AM
I am upgrading because I have an aluminum fork. I though to give carbon fork and try and shave some weight off. I don't even know what size I need yet. Is there an easy way to do the measurement without taking anything off? What other component would I need in this fork upgrade? New stem, headset, and etc.
What do you want?Andy M-S
Apr 20, 2002 5:59 PM
Given the age of your bike, you probably have a threaded system (the stem has a quill that slides down into the fork steerer, rather than being bolted onto the steerer. I'd bet it's a 1" headset.

That gives you two options--a carbon fork with a threaded, cro-moly steerer (if you want, you can keep your current headset and stem). This setup will probably not save you any weight, but you may like the way carbon feels. Actually aluminum forks can have a very sweet ride as well.

Your other option is to go threadless, and put in either a carbon fork with an alloy steer tube (no real weight savings) or an all-carbon fork (slight weight savings). In either case, you'd need to replace the headset and stem.

To determine the size you'll need, you need to know the rake of your current fork (probably around 43mm, but check with Bianchi if you're uncertain) and the length of your head tube. If you go the threaded route, you'll need a steerer a cm or or so longer than your headtube. If you go threadless, the fork will come uncut, so you can have the steerer cut to the length you need. You may also need spacers to raise the stem above the threadless headset (be careful how you cut the threadless steerer!).

I like the threaded system, even though I run my stem very low (bottomed on the headset). But that's personal preference...
What do you want?atpjunkie
Apr 20, 2002 7:25 PM
actually going from threaded to threadless shaves about a quarter pound. Threaded forks almost always have a steel steerer tube (better to "thread") and the stem has to have material to insert into the steerer. I just switched from a 1" threaded carbon/steel to 1" threadless carbon/alloy set up and saved about 4 oz. You can shave some more weight(slight)with an all carbon set up but if you are large
(I'm 230) you will feel some flex or worse yet snap it where the steerer meets the crown. You are 170 which is about 10-15 lbs under the limit for that so I wouldn't worry. Search the classifieds and ebay once you figure out what you need, you can go way cheap but you better know exactly what you need. I did mine (Reynolds Ouzo Comp, Cane Creek Headset and Cinelli stem) for under $250. It also makes it easier to swap stem and or bars. Figure your price and your needs and have at it.
What do you want?davegorman
Apr 25, 2002 6:48 AM
Hi, I am trying to decide between a Slice Echelon fork and a Slice Prodigy Fork. Any ideas??
What do you want?atpjunkie
Apr 30, 2002 8:26 AM
both are from C'Dale right? I think the echelon is a nicer fork, am not an expert on that mfg'r you should try some C'Dale experts.