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New frame (steel) What fork option (steel or Ozuo Pro)(10 posts)

New frame (steel) What fork option (steel or Ozuo Pro)Ambishawn
Jan 5, 2003 2:58 PM
Independent Fabrication and Steelman offer there road bike frames with either there steel fork or a Reynolds Ouzo Pro. I realize that the Carbon Fork is lighter which is an obvious advantage but what advantages does a carbon fork offer to a Non Racer, Non Crit rider? Example long 100 mi rides and high speed desents?
re: New frame (steel) What fork option (steel or Ozuo Pro)MR_GRUMPY
Jan 5, 2003 8:46 PM
If you were getting an aluminum bike I would recomend a carbon fiber fork, but since you are looking at steel bikes, the only thing that carbon fiber would do is save weight. You would have a little more "road feel" with a steel fork, but the difference isn't much.
There are many steel framemakers out there. You should also look at Strong and Waterford. If you want to save money and don't care about a "big" name, you could also look at Gunnar, which is made by Waterford is is half the price of their new R14 model.
re: New frame (steel) What fork option (steel or Ozuo Pro)Banky
Jan 8, 2003 9:13 AM
I have a steel Serotta Tg, changed from steel fork to Ozuo Comp, best thing I ever did. Better ride quality and lighter.
re: New frame (steel) What fork option (steel or Ozuo Pro)LLSmith
Jan 7, 2003 7:31 AM
Can't say much about a steel fork/frame combo, but I just got a Waterford 2200 with the Ouzo Pro fork.The shop that built my bike suggested it.My main goal in purchasing this bike was comfort.This is one smooth riding bike. Don't have many miles on it yet, but it gets better with each ride.I think it's a combination of wheels,fork and a great frame that was built to fit my needs.
Go with the ProFunston
Jan 7, 2003 7:49 AM
It will help silence the road buzz coarse pavement will transmit through many steel forks. With a steel fork, it's a hit and miss proposition to approach the comfort qualities of a good carbon fork like the Ouzo Pro. And if the steel fork manages that, it'll have a hard time matching the stiffness of the Ouzo. The last thing you want on a fast downhill is for your front end to get wobbly. Go with the Pro.
Ozuo ProB123
Jan 7, 2003 8:33 AM
My Ozuo really improved the ride of my bike, even over the carbon/al steerer fork that was on it. I think the best thing about a carbon is the vibration dampening, much better than steel. Riding over rough roads doesn't even phase my hands. Of course the weight savings is nice too..
Go with the IF and choose the steel fork!IF Guy
Jan 7, 2003 10:08 AM
I love my Crown Jewel. Total weight of my bike with Campy record and steel fork is a bit under 18 lbs. (17.75 to be exact) Not bad for a full steel rig. Ride comfort is equal to the full carbon Time fork I have on my Cannondale. It is very stiff laterally and has held up well under racing conditions for me. In addition I don't think that there is anything more sexy than a steel frame with a straight fork. The straight fork also allows road vibration to be dispersed across the entire length of the fork leg as opposed to just where the fork blades are curved. If you're really concerned about weight go with the Reynolds, but you won't be disappointed in the least bit going steel.

Happy Riding!
re: New frame (steel) What fork option (steel or Ozuo Pro)Dan Q
Jan 7, 2003 1:18 PM
I have an Independent Fabrications Crown Jewel that came with an IF steel fork. After having it for a while I replaced the fork with an Ouzo and found the ride to be a tiny bit more comfortable while remaining just as stiff laterally. The weight difference was the most noticable change. I was happy with both but prefer the carbon fork.
that's my take too, furthermore....sprockets2
Jan 7, 2003 9:12 PM
the problem with steel forks today is that they are not made of the better steels available. You can make a FRAME with *great* steel, like 853, Ultra Foco, or the new True Temper tubes that may be the best tubset going for a lot of people. I think that it is called S3 or something like that. See the Waterford site.

OTOH, you will find steel forks to be made of the most uninteresting steels you can find, short of no-name cro-mo. For heaven's sake, they are still using Reynolds 531 or the Italian equivalent on top line steel bikes. Yes, modern 531 works pretty well, but it is heavy-surprisingly so-and just is not as good a performer as more modern steels-if you could get a fork made out of the better steels. For those who doubt this, get ahold of a good 531 bike like a Waterford, and then ride their comparable 853 bike. They *are* different, it ain't the geometry, and I don't mean the weight. If you haven't done a similar comparison, you will be surprised.

Until someone figures out an economical way to make a steel fork out of great steel at a reasonable price, a good carbon fork offers a ride and weight advantage in most cases.
Getting the Crown Jewel SE w/Ouzo ProAmbishawn
Jan 9, 2003 7:49 PM
I will have My new frame and fork next saturday. Thanks for all the replies.