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strength of steel vs. carbon fork(3 posts)

strength of steel vs. carbon forkpeaches
Jul 4, 2002 9:21 AM
Howdy! I've been blessed with exceptionally poor paved and dirt roads where I ride. I've been using a carbon fork with steel steerer tube for the last 6-7 years and well, it's time, in my opinion, is up. So I'm debating a steel fork or another carbon. Not sure which in particular, but I definately know not a fork with a carbon steerer tube. Failure would always be in the back of my mind when decending through the nasties! Of course steel will be heavier, less shock absorbant, and a bit lower on the fashion scale, but I'm willing to make that sacrifice. Any opinions?
The meaning of strengthKerry
Jul 4, 2002 1:14 PM
See the comments on strength in frame tubes in the thread immediately below this. CF forks are constantly improving, so one that you buy today will be better than the one you currently have, and it has held up lo these many years. Assuming you have a 1" steerer tube, you wouldn't want to go with CF steerer tube anyway. There is a certain amount of randomness in whether any fork breaks, but a "not ultra light" CF fork should be fine for you, just as your current one has been.
re: strength of steel vs. carbon forkNessism
Jul 5, 2002 6:59 AM
Regardless of wether the fork is steel or carbon, there are stiff forks and there are soft ones. For example, the classic Kestral is quite stiff whereas most older Look models are quite compliant and soft. As far as steel forks are concern, fork blades come in a varity of thicknesses and taper configurations which effect the way the fork rides. Bottom line is, a deceint framebuilder can taylor the ride quality depending on what is desired.

You pays your money, and you takes your chances.

Good luck.

Ed