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Honest opinon...carbon forks(6 posts)

Honest opinon...carbon forksfunknuggets
Jul 23, 2002 1:49 PM
riding a plain-jane Lemond Reno 525/Ultegra/Rolf Vectors... nothing special. Performance is having one helluva deal on the easton EC70 carbon fork. I still have a threaded stem and steel fork and was wondering how much difference a carbon fork really makes, other than weight and a bit of ride dampening... is it necessarily more aerodynamic and is it worth the investment?
YesRoadfrog
Jul 23, 2002 2:01 PM
Friend who just swapped says, "Uh...yeah..."cory
Jul 23, 2002 2:52 PM
He has a nice, but outdated, Centurion he's owned for 20 or so years, done dozens of centuries on, and he can easily afford but just didn't WANT a new bike. When he turned 50, he converted to a triple and added a carbon fork. Loves the gears, but he says the fork didn't help as much as he expected. he's not sorry and would do it again, but don't expect miracles.
Porsche Wheelsgrzy
Jul 23, 2002 6:05 PM
Put Porsche wheels on a VW and it still feels like a VW. You're talking about a 20 year old over built steel frame that was most likely designed with a slack angle and long curved fork blades - he's talking about a current steel frame that can actually take advantage of everything that the carbon fork has to offer. Eseentially a Porsche running VW wheels. With a decent enough bike you can tell the difference between one carbon fork and another - although the differences are fairly small and some people really wouldn't notice or care. Probably the best way to see the difference is to test ride two similar Lemonds in a bike shop one with a steel for and one with a carbon fork. Should be pretty obvious and give you an idea of what to expect from the Easton. Of course don't tell the LBS guys what you're up to or they'll throw you out. ;-)
re: Yes. Easton EC70= Great forkFlothru
Jul 25, 2002 7:15 AM
I have a 853 steel Schwinn Paramount that came with a Steel fork. This setup rode very well, but I finally changed to a carbon fork when Performance put the EC 70 on sale. I got the 1" alum. steerer model. All I can say is what a difference. Not like getting hit in the head with a baseball bat difference; it is more subtle than that, but in my humble opion totally worth it. Overall I am just not as fatigued in my neck, shoulders and lower back. Knowing what I know now I would not hesitate to do it again. Hope this helps. P.S. I dropped about 3/4 lb off my ride.

Jim C.

Keep the ruuber to the road.
Dammit...funknuggets
Jul 25, 2002 7:36 AM
Of course both of the eastons that they had on clearance are sold out. But man 79.99 and 99.99 were a freaking steal for the EC-50 and 70...