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All carbon fork vs carbon w/ aluminum steerer(5 posts)

All carbon fork vs carbon w/ aluminum steerermperson
Apr 24, 2003 10:35 AM
Is an all carbon fork that much better and is it worth the 150-200 more in price?
I asked Cannondale the same thing...Matno
Apr 24, 2003 10:44 AM
The guy who replied to my email said if weight was a huge issue to me, it might be worth it, but in his opinion not. The difference in weight is minimal (according to him, the difference for C'dale forks was about 1/4 lb) and he said he seriously doubted that most riders could feel a difference in stiffness. (At 140lbs, I'm sure I wouldn't).

Bottom line: probably not worth the extra dough. However, depending on which fork you want, you can get decent all carbon forks for pretty cheap. Ebay often has new ones that sell in the $160 range. (Look brand I think. I don't know how they compare to other forks though).
re: All carbon fork vs carbon w/ aluminum steererNessism
Apr 24, 2003 11:58 AM
All carbon forks, like a Reynolds Ozuo Pro, can be had for about $250 or so, so you might want to keep this in mind when shopping.

Regarding the forks in general, all carbon forks are said to be stronger in the crown area since there are no bonded joints. I don't know how significant this is however since there isn't much of a problem with bonded carbon forks comming apart on people.

I've been looking at alot of carbon forks lately and have noticed a fairly wide range in price, weight,and length. Many of the all carbon forks, like an Ozuo Pro and AME, are very long and will raise the height of the front end of your bike a fair bit depending on what fork is currently installed.

One nice thing about a Al steerer tube is the ability to grease it up when assembling the headset/stem. Helps ward off creak noises and the like. Carbon steerer tubes are suspose to be installed grease free which is a real pain when trying to assemble.

Just my $0.02

Ed
No, no.Funston
Apr 28, 2003 8:33 PM
I have both (Ouzo Pro and Kestrel EMS Pro) and performance differences that can be attributed to the fork are not perceptable. I feel more in control with the Kestrel bike but I think it has to do with the difference in handlebars. On the Ouzo Pro bike, I have the Easton carbon bar, a three-piece construction which weighs around 190 grams, and on the Kestrel bike, I have a Kestrel one-piece carbon bar which weighs around 220 grams. The Kestrel bar shines on tough stretches such as a particular speedy downhill curve on bumpy, patchy pavement where it gives rock solid control. On the same run, the Ouzo bike with the Easton bar feels a bit flexy and therefore less sure. BTW, both bikes have Ritchey WCS 120mm stems.

So to sum up, my experience suggest to me that only with a good, solid handlebar will you get the best results out of any fork you buy. And that aluminum steerers work well.
all carbon vs. bondedterzo rene
Apr 30, 2003 9:59 AM
In theory an all carbon one piece fork will last indefinitely barring crashes or other abuse. The same cannot be said for any bonded design with dissimilar materials. If you shop around you can get less than $250 for a Ouza Pro so price is not that big of an issue.