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Fork Upgraderm6rider
Oct 15, 2003 2:09 AM
I ride a 2002 Trek 2200 and thinking about getting the Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork. Would you guys recommend this upgrade? I'm not sure if it's worth it. Thanks. I have done some upgrades like the SL wheels, FSA Carbon compact crank, Speedplay X2 pedals, Dura Ace cassette and chain, Fizik Aliante saddle, Veloflex Pave tires and Ultegra brake calipers. How much of a difference this fork will give me over the OCLV?
very little...C-40
Oct 15, 2003 5:02 AM
Spending too much on a lower level frame isn't ususally wise. I don't know what kind of "performance" enhancement that you would expect from a new fork. The weight will be a few ounces less, but a few ounces in weight is worth very little.

Don't assume that you can use any fork that you might like. Fork lengths are different and can change the steering geoemtry, even if you get the same rake. a change of 8mm in the length will change the head tube angle by about .4 degree, which is significant.

Here are some typical fork lengths:

Profile BRC - 365mm
Wound-Up road - 365.2
Easton EC 30/50/70/90 - 366
Kestral EMS Pro - 369
Reynolds Ouzo Pro - 372
Time Millenium - 372
True Tempe Alpha Q - 374
Mizuno - 374
Colnago - 374
Oct 15, 2003 10:32 AM
Another thing a long fork does is raise the bottom bracket, general rule of thumb is that the bottom bracket will rise by about 40% of the fork lengh increase.

I've measured a number of different forks looking for the shortest ones.

Kestral EMS (old version) - 370 mm
Look HSC3 (both 1" and 1-1/8") - 268 mm
Profile BRC - 265 mm
Columbus Muscle - 265 mm
Reynolds Ozuo Pro (2 measured) - 374 mm

Also, headset lower stack height can come into play depending on what type of headset is used. For example, headsets using needle bearings are quite a bit taller than old standard loose ball type.

Lots of food for thought for those anal retentive folks.

re: Fork UpgradeRusty Coggs
Oct 15, 2003 5:04 AM
An all CF ouzo pro, light bar and stem will save some weight. Notable difference in ride for you...duno?