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carbon/alloy fork vs full carbon q's(2 posts)

carbon/alloy fork vs full carbon q'sdaneil
Aug 9, 2002 8:47 AM
My new bike choices are down to the Iron Horse Victory and Fuji Marseilles. One of the make or break features is the fork. The Victory has a carbon blade/alloy 1 1/8" steerer and the Fuji has a full carbon fork with a 1" steerer. I'm wondering about the 1" vs 1 1/8" headtubes and the carbon steerer vs the alloy steerer. Is the carbon steerer strong enough to handle a 168 lb hard rider? Also is the 1 1/8" standard really taking over the industry? If I get the bike with the 1" headtube will I be able to replace/upgrade later on (in 2 years or so)? Thanks for all the help guys. Can's wait to buy this thing and get some pics up.

re: carbon/alloy fork vs full carbon q'sKurtVF
Aug 9, 2002 2:35 PM
It may depend on the quality of the fork. I weigh 200 and my 1" carbon fiber steerer in my 58 cm frame has NO flex. The fork is a Columbus Muscle which I got by mistake (I ordered the Carve because I thought CF would flex too much) I 1/8" is the standard but I see 1" forks for sale all over so I doubt they will be obsolete in two short years.