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Better Upgrade?(7 posts)

Better Upgrade?HammerHeadRoady
May 9, 2003 3:19 PM
Which would be a better upgrade:

Carbon Fork or a New Wheel Set
I'm getting a little beat up.
I have an alum. frame and fork right now. Wheels are currently Mavic's CXP23 with Ritchey Hubs

Thanks for the input
re: Better Upgrade?Rusty Coggs
May 9, 2003 4:11 PM
Considered a new frameset?
re: Better Upgrade?atpjunkie
May 9, 2003 5:12 PM
wheelset makes the biggest diff for performance. Carbon Fork is questionable. Main problem is carbon will mute road chatter, it damps high frequency, but is stiff vertically so it will still transmit bigger bumps to you. The muting will improve the ride but by how much? What kind of Al frame? It may be no fork can save it.
Probably the fork (nm)Kerry
May 9, 2003 5:03 PM
re: Better Upgrade?kenyonCycleist
May 10, 2003 9:08 AM
sounds like u riding either a cheap/old/outdated frame. i would suggest rather than upgrading individually..it would be cheaper in the long run to just purchase a new bike...none of your components are especially noteworthy...i would keep the wheels as a training set and replace all else..check RBR for good deals
re: Better Upgrade?theweasonator
May 12, 2003 5:46 AM
I'm riding a '95 Cannondale R600 frame and I upgraded the stock aluminum fork with an Easton EC70 carbon fork and EC90 carbon bars and it made a big difference in the ride up front. It is still a little stiff in the rear. But I highly recommend looking into a fork upgrade unless you are moneybags and can go out and get a whole new rig...
carbon fork and different saddledpazos
May 14, 2003 4:40 AM
I had the same issue with an older cannondale. I switched to a Kestrel EMS fork and Koobi saddle and the bike felt much better, especially on longer rides.