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Why upgrade my fork?(6 posts)

Why upgrade my fork?bikenj
Nov 27, 2002 6:59 PM
I ride a '02 Trek 5200 with the standard OCLV carbon fork. What advantages are there to upgrading the fork. What fork would you suggest? Thanks
re: Why upgrade my fork?gray8110
Nov 27, 2002 7:18 PM
I don't know if it is worth the money.. unless you are racing, but the fork on the '02 5200 is an Icon Air Rail.. it's an old heavy outdated design. It ways over 500gms which is massive for a modern carbon fork. I haven't ridden it on a 5200, but I did have a Trek 2300 with an air rail fork and found the fork to somewhat harsh. It is a very rigid fork. If you are looking for an upgrade, there are a ton of ways you can go. The most widely accepted fork is the Reynolds Ouzo Pro which is more compliant & much lighter. If dropping weight is your goal, you can go all the way down to the alpha sub3 which weighs 290gms.. it has a weight limit and is kinda noodly though.
You said itdeHonc
Nov 28, 2002 8:50 PM
Well - why indeed? Look, you have a fine bike that I'm sure does everything you ask. I race with guys who ride original OCLV bikes, complete with "heavy" everything - at least in terms of your '02. These guys can kick my ass when I'm on a motorbike - so forget it - the standard fork may be slightly heavier than some current forks but it really doesn't matter. I'd suggest you spend some effort losing weight off the engine! Your bike is sweet - enjoy it as it is.
Handling, weight, comfort...awakening rage
Nov 29, 2002 3:20 PM
Before you go drop $400 on the latest carbon wonder, ask yourself a few questions: Why do you want a new fork? In what way would upgrading your fork make riding more fun for you? How do you think the fork is holding you back?

Far as I can tell, the fork that comes with your bike is pretty nice. Changing the fork can make the bike more nimble or more stable (if you choose a fork with more or less rake which gives you less or more trail, respectively, than the fork you already have). You can get something a little more aerodynamic with a bladed fork, or something stiffer or softer. What kind of fork you should get depends on your tastes and riding style.

If you're going to change your fork, good choices include the Reynolds Ouzo, Wound-up, Kestrel EMS, and Time and Look forks. RockShox's old Ruby might be interesting, too, if you can find one (if you don't know what it is, it's a road suspension fork with about 1.5" of travel). Don't worry so much about the fork's weight. True, you could save around 300g if you really tried, but that's only about a half-full small water bottle's worth of weight.

Then again, this is coming from someone who likes his '93 Trek 2100's original aluminum fork, so remember the grain of salt when reading this.
Save Money- Try different tire pressures firstmazobob
Nov 29, 2002 3:55 PM
If your not a racer and have ever been poor - it make sense. Try out at your top pressure then ride and lower in 2 pound increments . I like Conti Grand Prix tires at 108 pounds and I weight 190. It sure is cheaper than a new fork! It's surprising how different a ride your tires make and the different pressures.
or run 25mm tires for more comfort too (nm)laffeaux
Dec 2, 2002 1:19 PM