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1" carbon fork recommendations(5 posts)

1" carbon fork recommendationslaffeaux
Dec 8, 2003 2:27 PM
I'm looking for a carbon fork with a 1 inch steerer. Currently I have a steel fork that rides fine, but I'm considering switching to a carbon fork (to save weight) - I'm not 100% sure I'll switch or not, a lot depends on the final cost.

Is there any more flex in a carbon steerer or fork than in a steel one? Is it noticable? (especially in the smaller 1" size) Reviews seem to be mixed.

My requirements are a 1 inch sterrer, straight blade fork, and stiff. So far the Look HSC-2 and Alpha Q Pro seem to be the meet my requirements. The Look would probably look better on a steel frame, but I'd guess the Alpua Q would be stiffer.

I'm 170 pounds, and like I said not looking to increase flex at all. Any comments on either fork mentioned above? Any others I should look at?
re: 1" carbon fork recommendationsedmundtan
Dec 8, 2003 5:51 PM
Check out Chuck's Bike Closeouts for some good deals on carbon forks. They are cheap enough that you can't be far wrong:

I don't know about the forks you mentioned but I have a bike with Easton EC70 carbon fork with 1" alloy steerer and I must say they are superb.
re: 1" carbon fork recommendationsbuffedupboy
Dec 9, 2003 7:29 AM
Well, like you said, a lot of what you are looking for depends on how much you are willing to spend. There are countless models for carbon forks. I have both carbon and steel steerer forks. I also have 1inch and 1 1/8 inch steerers. To me, there are not much difference. The carbon steerer perhaps feels a little more comfortable but I cannot verify that as I don't have both models of the same fork to compare.

There are numerous other forks you can check out. For example, Kinesis and EC30. At your weight I am guessing you are a tall rider. If so, you have to check your headtube to see what length steerer you need. I remember having a problem because I needed a steerer of 280mm in length.

Dec 9, 2003 11:16 AM
Another good, stiff, straight blade fork is the woundup. I have one mated to my steel Waterford and it is a wonderful match. I find it very stiff and it tracks really well for crit racing and other sharp cornering.
re: be careful!t5rguy
Dec 10, 2003 5:38 AM
Be careful with replacing your steel fork with a carbon one. After buying a Alpha Q Sub 3 with the same purpose in mind I found out that my steel fork had a 365 mm axle-to-crown length, while the Alpha Q is about 9 mm longer.
This would bring up the front of the bike by the same amount and 'slacken' the head tube angle (and seat tube angle) about 1 degree. Not recommended I thought.
So I got a Columbus Carve which has about the right axle-to-crown length. I believe a Look has the same 365 length too.