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Fork: stiff, heavy, aero or light, plush, curved-blade???(5 posts)

Fork: stiff, heavy, aero or light, plush, curved-blade???DanO-rama
Jun 26, 2002 10:55 AM
Putting together the final order list for my new Voodoo 853 frame. I've got everything pretty much nailed down except I can't make a decission on the fork. Help? Easton's EC50 and EC70 are both on big-time close-out status right now, but which to get? I'm 165#, very smooth rider but I do stand and mash on hills for short periods. The bike will be my everything road-related bike including weekend sport rides, races, commuting, and unloaded touring (I have a surly for mule duties). I've never riden carbon up front so I have no idea what people mean when they say a fork is "flexy". Um, I guess my Paramount steel fork is probably not flexy? I want light weight but not at the cost of a noodley feel. Anyway, any preferences on these two forks? Thanks all.
Jun 26, 2002 11:55 AM
I've ridden some flexi forks before, even raced a few crits with one, but the only real problem I've noticed was when jumping to stay on someones wheel when I was dog tired and the pedal stroke was choppy. In this instance, the front end of the bike would bob up and down which in reality, was not all that much of a problem in itself. Mind you, I'm only 165 lbs. myself so my opinion is likely to be different from that of a 200+ lber.

As for the forks you mentioned, the EC50 has some fat looking blades which I assume will make for a firm ride (no personel experience). If it were me, I would go for the EC70.

Good luck.

EC 70DanO-rama
Jun 27, 2002 12:33 PM
Went with the EC70. I'm lacing up a radial wheel for it anyway, so I don't think I'll have any torsional sloppiness issues. Thanks for your input. Ride on.
re: Fork: stiff, heavy, aero or light, plush, curved-blade???brider
Jun 27, 2002 12:32 PM
Don't know the particulars on the frame or fork you mention, but the amount of rake in those forks will have a big effect on the handling of the final package. Some one with more experience in this area can probably tell you the amount of trail you'd want for the ride feel you're after.
Jun 27, 2002 12:35 PM
I did my research on trail/rake and arrived at the conclusion that I'd need one with 4.3cm, which is what both of these forks have. I agree- that is very important!