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Columbus muscle forkMerlinMan
Jan 23, 2003 8:01 AM
I have a columbus muscle fork 1 1/8 on my current bike. I honestly knew little about the fork when I got it. I weigh 150lb and am wondering if there is a lighter fork in the 1 1/8 size. I have seen the muscle listed at 380grams - but that weight is most likely for the 1 inch size. The 1 1/8 size always seems to be 40 to 60 grams more. I like the muscle just fine, but at my weight a lighter fork may be more forgiving?
re: Columbus muscle forkNessism
Jan 23, 2003 9:38 AM
What are you trying to accomplish, remove weight or add compliance?

I doubt you will find a fork that's significantly lighter than the Muscle. The Reynolds 1-1/8" Ozuo Pro, for example, weighs 420 grams which is in line with the Muscle.

As far as compliance goes, I suspect you can improve this but at the expense of some high speed stability - which may not be a real concern. I know that the early Look forks are quite compliant but I'm not sure about the newer stuff.

Sounds like a expensive experiment to me.

Good luck.

re: Columbus muscle forkThe Human G-Nome
Jan 23, 2003 4:22 PM
380 grams is very light for a carbon fork. any lighter then that and you're bordering on gimmicky.
re: Columbus muscle forkgray8110
Jan 23, 2003 5:50 PM
The Muscle is a VERY light fork.. there are only 2 or 3 lighter forks out there.. Columbus Super Muscle is one and the Alpha Sub3 is another but the Muscle is a fantastic fork and lightweight to boot.
re: Columbus muscle forkkoala
Jan 23, 2003 7:44 PM
The Alpha sub 3 is actually heavier when you use the alum sleeve that has to go on. This per Carl Strong who advocates the Muscle and uses it on one of his bikes. He says he weighs every part that comes into his place before it goes on a frame.