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I need help finding a new fork.(8 posts)

I need help finding a new fork.BikinCO
Jan 5, 2003 9:35 AM
Damn Kansas wind. 3,400 miles into a 4,000 mile trip over the holidays and the winds in Kansas blew my bike out of the fork mount roof rack. I was lucky that the only damage was to my fork. One of the dropouts was snapped.

So, I need to get a new fork. The bike is an Indepedent Fabrication steel Crown Jewel. The fork that was on it was one of their steel forks. I am thinking about purchasing a carbon fork. I have never ridden a carbon fork, so my first question is, should I stick with steel or go for the carbon. If I go with the carbon which one and who has good deals on them now.

As for me I am a big guy, 6'2" 215 lbs. So I need a pretty solid fork.

Thanks in advance.
re: I need help finding a new fork.Ambishawn
Jan 5, 2003 7:16 PM
Do You have the 1in head tube or the 1 1/8? I would probably stick to steel if you have the 1in. Mabey IF will warrenty it for you? I have a Crown Jewel on order My Self.
Easton EC-90Trek Racer X
Jan 6, 2003 8:31 AM
If you could afford an IF Crown Jewel, then an EC-90 wouldn't be to bad. The fork is aero, light, strong, and comfortable.

-Andrew
look in the drawer, next to the spoons lol nmroadcyclist
Jan 6, 2003 3:29 PM
Kestrel EMS ProFunston
Jan 7, 2003 8:07 AM
I have an old 1" EMS on one of my bikes; a new 1-1/8" EMS Pro on another; a 1" Ouzo Pro on a third; and am putting a 1-1/8" Ouzo Pro on a fourth to be ready soon.

The Kestrel EMS forks are well made and a great bang for the buck and I highly recommend them for all-round use. The new EMS Pro also looks pretty cool and has a lightweight but strong aluminum steerer which at your size & weight would be optimum, IMHO.
Ouzo Pro and never look back.grzy
Jan 8, 2003 11:55 AM
It's a sweet riding fork and I've personally stress tested both of mine many times at 90 mph in my fork mounted roof rack - and I'm one of those guys that removes the lawyer tabs! ;-) Don't go cheap on the fork - get a quality product if you value your hide and the riding experience.
DittoFunston
Jan 8, 2003 7:51 PM
Yes the Ouzo Pro is top notch too, but doubly expensive than a fork like the Kestrel which I would recommend for average and above average service. The Ouzo won't ever fail you though, and would be my choice for extreme service, unless the guy has a 1" headtube and wants a lot of extention of the steerer tube.
One thing to considerNessism
Jan 8, 2003 7:50 PM
You might want to call IF to find out what the frame was designed for in terms of fork length. Many steel forks, particularly lugged, are quite a bit shorter than their carbon fork counterparts. For example, I have a straight blade, lugged steel fork that measures 262.5 mm whereas an Ozuo Pro comes in at more than a one cm longer. This difference is significant in my mind so I've scraped any idea of changing over. Chances are the IF fork is somewhere in between the two dimensions I've noted but it won't hurt to ask first before pulling out the credit card.

Ed