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Carbon forks(5 posts)

Carbon forksnaht
Oct 26, 2002 6:23 PM
Have 96 Lemond Alp, Chrome moly fork, threaded. Is it worth while upgrading to carbon fork?? What would be advantage threadless over threaded?? Threaded would be cheaper??
Pro's and Con'sspookyload
Oct 26, 2002 6:36 PM
The carbon fork is a must upgrade for your ride. It will make the bike much more comfortable to ride over long distances.

As for the threaded versus non threaded, the only down side to going threaded is that you might have a hard time finding a threaded one. Most companies are making mostly threadless versions, though a threaded one you find might end up being a good value. You might check ebay for a used one till you can decide for sure if it is what you want. I see threaded carbon forks going for less than $50 there. The only down side I can see to threadless is the expense you will incur. You would need a new headset and stem if you go threadless.
Dude what are you waiting for?REPO42
Oct 27, 2002 2:34 AM
Rode steel fork, this year riding on a carbon fork.. All I can say is...PLUSH....big difference in the ride, especially decents..I would recommend going threadless even if it's a bit more than a threaded headset.. Parts will be more available...Also if you ride longs distances, centuries, etc. look into investing into a carbon seatpost...dampens a lot of road vibrations..Well good luck..hope this helps
re: Carbon forkspaper warrior
Oct 27, 2002 3:45 AM
If you really need a carbon fork looks like nows the time to pull the trigger! Jenson's is blowing Ouzo Pro's out the door for $210 which the last time I checked was almost half price. Not only that but CF forks seem to be coming down across he board which means even I can afford one. I'm going to get the Advanced Group Composite fork for $50. For one thing it's threaded so I don't have to go to the shop to knock out and replace my old headset. Another thing I still can't afford $210!
If you *want* it, it's worth whileTimo Vennonen
Oct 29, 2002 4:56 AM
Frankly, I didn't notice any of the well advertised plushness of whatever when I changed my old steel fork and threaded headset to a threadless carbon fork last summer. The bike is a bit lighter, yes, but haven't felt any noticeable change of characteristics during riding. The new for is a Look LDS 3 Pro fitted on a 61 cm steel frame.

Maybe its just me, but deep down I believe that it's all about marketing and fashion.