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Reynolds Ouzo Comp/Columbus Muscle Forks(8 posts)

Reynolds Ouzo Comp/Columbus Muscle Forksjaredrm
May 24, 2002 7:53 AM
I am looking to upgrade the fork on my bike. The Columbus Muscle and Ouzo Comp forks seem like a nice way to go. Both cost about $230 and come with an aluminum steer tube for 1" headtubes. (I don't trust carbon steer tubes at my weight in the 1" size Both forks look very nice and seem about the same.

My question - I ride a 60cm frame with a 74 degree head angle. Both forks come in a 43 mm rake. My understanding is that larger frames should stay with a 40 mm rake. Will a 43 mm fork changes the steering on the bike?

Any comments on rake and these forks would be welcome. Thanks.
re: Reynolds Ouzo Comp/Columbus Muscle ForksKurtVF
May 24, 2002 9:48 AM
Columbus Muscle is all carbon fiber. If you want the alloy tube you want the "Carve". I didn't trust the carbon steerer either but had the Muscle fork sent to me by mistake,so I used it. Seems plenty stiff enough.
Muscle has carbon steerer, Carve does not (in reg. headset) (nm)terry b
May 24, 2002 9:50 AM
re: Reynolds Ouzo Comp/Columbus Muscle ForksNessism
May 24, 2002 10:29 AM
Rake and head angle work together to determine trail, which is the important specification. Some people like a fast handling bike and others don't. To determine what is best for you, you need to know the rake of your current fork along with how long it is. Carbon forks are often longer than lugged steel forks, for example, so changing one of these for a carbon fork will slow the steering since it will cause the head angle to relax due to the longer length.

How about posting some more info about your current setup? I'm not sure about the two forks you mention, but maybe you can get some more help.

re: Reynolds Ouzo Comp/Columbus Muscle Forksjaredrm
May 24, 2002 11:45 AM
Thnaks for the help...

I ride a 60 cm Ibis Sonoma frame with a campy 10-speed group. The current fork is an Ibis steel fork. These are tig welded ubicrown forks with a 1" steel steer tube. It works fine but is on the heavy side. I'm not really sure about the rake but I do know the head angle is 74 degrees. Ibis is out of business now so I can't get the official scoop from the company.

My sense is that with a decent carbon fork I can lose a little weight and maintain the nice ride. The Reynolds Ouzo Comp and Columbus Carve seem like resonably priced options that both have a 1" inch aluminum steer tube. I just don't know if there is much difference between the two.

Thanks for any help.
A little more informationNessism
May 24, 2002 2:16 PM
According to some old information I have, Ibis speced 42 mm of offset on their 60 cm frames. The issue of fork length is a consideration however. I think you would be safe to go the the 43 cm carbon fork; the slightly longer length will be offset by the extra offset. Honestly though, anything between 40 - 43 will be fine.

Good luck.

re: Reynolds Ouzo Comp/Columbus Muscle ForksChen2
May 24, 2002 1:56 PM
The 43mm rake will give you less trail and quicker steering, the 40mm rake will give you more trail and will make the bike feel more stable, but the differences may be very slight. If it was my bike I would want the 40mm rake to help offset the relatively steep head tube angle. Your preferences may be different.
re: Reynolds Ouzo Comp/Columbus Muscle Forkscrewman
May 25, 2002 7:02 PM
I own a custom Cyfac frame that came spec'd with the Columbus muscle fork. The fork is 1 1/8 steerer the frame size is aprox 58.5 x 57. I have had no problems at all with the fork. It is beefy and wieghs nothing. There is a titanium mesk imbedded into the carbon fibers. Give this link a try has some good info on the fork