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Integrated Fork vs. Standard Fork Question(3 posts)

Integrated Fork vs. Standard Fork Questioncyclingporcupine
Dec 12, 2003 10:42 PM
I am currently building up a Specialized S-Works bike that is designed for an integrated headset and I am confused over whether it is necessary to use a integrated fork or if a standard fork will work. I have done a little research and all I find is a mixed bag of responses. Some say its necessary and others say its purely for the appearance. I would really appreciate any input that anyone has. Thanks.
It's for appearance...C-40
Dec 13, 2003 6:33 AM
A standard fork will work, but it will look kind of funny. Better to use an integrated fork.

You should also try to deterimine the length of fork that the Specialized frame was designed to use. Not all forks are the same length. Some are as long as 374mm and some are as short as 365mm. The difference can change the head tube angle by almost .5 degree and alter the handling of the bike, unless a change in the fork rake is also made to restore the proper trail.
Dec 13, 2003 7:17 PM
Another thing a long fork does is raise the bottom bracket - and the center of gravity of the bike. This also changes the handling even if the trail is kept the same.