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Will a carbon fork make THAT much difference?(8 posts)

Will a carbon fork make THAT much difference?BowWow
Oct 10, 2002 2:55 PM
I just purchased a 2001 Jamis Ventura and am wondering about installing a carbon fork. As you can tell, I don't have much cash, so will a carbon fork really improve the ride/handling? If so, does anyone have any opinions about the $99 Supergo or Performance Forte forks?

The Jamis gets me off my aluminum MTB with slicks for my training rides, and I have noticed a huge difference in the ride that the steel frame gives, not to mention lighter weight, easier climbing, etc.

FWIW, I'm totally intimidated by the bikes you-all ride!

Thanks in advance...

re: Will a carbon fork make THAT much difference?twin
Oct 10, 2002 4:38 PM
I have a jamis Eclipse and I think the fork is nice however I am selling the frame and fork to go back to my handbuilt steel frame with steel fork,I am adding carbon handlebars...
My two cents on how to spend your hundred bucksOffTheBack
Oct 10, 2002 5:04 PM
I'd rather save it towards a nice set of wheels, which you could then keep if you decide to upgrade your frame / fork. I think the $99 carbon forks aren't going to be much lighter (if any) than the one that's on your bike, won't add much to its resale value, and won't dramatically change the ride. You can get some really nice wheels for $250 if you shop carefully, and those will definitely make a difference you can feel.
My two cents on how to spend your hundred buckstremblay
Oct 10, 2002 8:18 PM
Good point about the wheels.

A nice set of wheels goes a long way to improving your bike. Put it this way, a high quality set of wheels, such as Mavic Open Pros on Ultegra hubs, and good quality tires could drop the weight of your bike about a pound, and you can keep them for whatever bike you buy in the future. That carbon fork, for the price is quite good at 425g, but will you really see any benefit? And furthermore, will you have this bike in a year?

The ride shouldn't be TOO bad considering you have steel forks. As long as they aren't aluminum, like Kinesis forks. If you had aluminum forks, I would say replace them.

Consider your options here: A fork, which would produce negligible comfort results, or a nice set of training wheels in the near future -though more expensive- which you can transfer to that fancy all carbon Look frame you will no doubt end up buying in a couple years. The wheels! The wheels! They will go a long way to improving the ride of your bike. And if you shop right, you can get a high quality set for cheap.
Just ride baby!Nessism
Oct 10, 2002 5:39 PM
A carbon fork may very well ride a little softer than your steel job, but so what? As long as the ride quality is not numbing out your hands or similar, save your money for now. Just ride the crap out of your current rig and see how much you like road riding. Assuming you get hooked, save for the big fish that is sure to urge.

Just ride baby!twin
Oct 11, 2002 3:22 AM
yes,the wheels are a great idea,mavic rims with either ultegra hubs or dura ace hubs....colorado cyclist did have some dura ace wheels for a good price if you dont care about the color of the nipples...
WOW! Thanks for the great advice - wheels it is! (nm)BowWow
Oct 11, 2002 5:35 AM
SuperGo has a heckuva deal.......gogene
Oct 11, 2002 12:12 PM
.....on an Ultegra/Open Pro wheelset.