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to go carbon or not(4 posts)

to go carbon or notjfinn
Jan 25, 2004 11:01 AM
I have a '98 bianchi alloro (steel, w/steel fork) it's blue so the fork is probably pretty good by 98 standards. I'm looking for more ride comfort, should I get a carbon fork, or is it not worth the jump?
re: to go carbon or notrogue_CT1
Jan 25, 2004 1:51 PM
I have a 1987 Scapin (Columbus SLX tubing/ steel lugged) that had a steel fork. A couple of years ago I replaced it with a Kestrel carbon fork with alloy steerer tube. To be perfectly honest I never noticed any change in the ride quality. Only on the sharpest bumps did I feel the slight effects of the carbon.

IMO the upgrade really was nothing more than cosmetic. The fork may have been slightly lighter but it didn't really have much impact on the overall ride. I bought the fork for $120 so it wasn't really that big of an investment but I wouldn't do it again.
re: to go carbon or notAl1943
Jan 25, 2004 3:33 PM
I replaced my Trek Icon "carbon" fork with and all carbon Ouzo Pro and lost 1/2 off of the bike. The old Trek fork was a threaded quill stem rig with a steel steerer. The ride improved too. The conversion included a new magnesium EC 90 stem. In my opinion the ride quality alone did not justify the expense. But the combination of ride and much less weight did because I liked the frame and intended to keep it many years. I think if you're going to convert to a carbon fork get a good quality all carbon fork, then you'll lose some serious weight.
If you really want to improve the ride...russw19
Jan 25, 2004 5:23 PM
The absolute best riding forks are older box crown steel forks. The catch is they are very heavy, but nothing comes close to riding as good as them. Carbon forks are much lighter, but they really don't improve the ride. No more so than any better fork would over a poor fork. By that I mean that if you had a crappy steel fork and a carbon fork improved the ride, a better steel fork would have improved the ride just as much. Carbon forks may help dampen vibration, but that is not a ride improvement by itself. You will notice a carbon fork most on harsh frames like aluminium frames, but on a steel frame that will already dampen road shock, a good steel fork will be as good as it gets.

I really like the ride of Colnago's Precisa straight blade fork. Other than that, old box crown forks... they rule!

Russ