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Winwood 'cross forkflyweight
Oct 3, 2001 8:07 AM
Has anyone actually ridden on the Winwood carbon 'cross fork yet? Looks to be a nice, relatively inexpensive fork and has better clearance than the Wound Up fork. Just wondering how it rides.
re: Winwood 'cross forkTJeanloz
Oct 3, 2001 12:39 PM
"Nice" and "inexpensive" shouldn't really appear in the same sentance about carbon forks. Winwood is one of the marketing companies in the industry that wants stuff to be cheap and "look" nice. They spec everything out to the cheapest people in China, and the quality is really apparent. You would be FAR better off with a similarly priced steel fork.
re: Winwood 'cross forkflyweight
Oct 3, 2001 1:07 PM
"inexpensive" since I work in a shop. I know who Winwood are and while their stuff isn't as nice as what you'd get from Look or Reynolds it's still nice. Unless you have a background in engineering you can't really judge the quality of a composite part just by looking at it! Some of the composite parts used on military aircraft don't look very good but you can bet they're a lot stronger than anything in the cycling industry. Also I don't really care what my bike looks like. I own a bike to ride it, not hang it on a wall and look at it! :)
re: Winwood 'cross forkTJeanloz
Oct 3, 2001 4:55 PM
You're right, I can't judge the quality of a composite part by looking at it. I can tell you that I spent years managing a shop, that I know which factory Winwood forks are made in, and I know how many failed forks I've seen from that factory (Advanced Composites, 8 forks).

If you want a test of Winwood carbon quality- order a sleeve of carbon headset spacers, then put a pair of calipers on them and find out how many are of uniform length (i.e. level when you put them on the bike). It's usually about 1/2.

I also have had a lot of feedback from customers who are suckered into cheap carbon forks. And I'll admit, I fell victim to that game too- I put an AC fork on my old bike, and switched back to the stock steel (which rode better and was lighter).

No, I have no background in engineering (though I do claim to have invented the carbon headset spacer). But I can say confidently, this is a product you're better off without.
re: Winwood 'cross forkBAM
Oct 3, 2001 6:34 PM
Well, I will see in the up coming weeks if this fork is any good or not. I have put one on my Lemond, but am currently only using it on the road. The Winwood is a major improvment over the cr*p that they call a fork in both ride qualitly and weight. I am also expecting another for my Surly this friday, but won`t be offroad this weekend to test it. I did try the Ritchey ZED 42 in the Winwood fork and clearance does not seem to be a problem as long as you do not run fenders. As for the durablity only time will tell. As for appearance it does look bulky but who cares. The overall finish on the one I received is good with no outward flaws, but again I will have to wait and see what the future holds..................
re: Winwood 'cross forkmtnbykr
Oct 5, 2001 3:51 AM
Let us know how this fork works. I've been looking at it for my Redline.

re: Winwood 'cross forkflyweight
Oct 4, 2001 9:09 AM
Forks failing is defintely a problem. Guess I'll have to save up for the AME fork.
You mean the...Wayne
Oct 4, 2001 11:10 AM
one they reviewed in this months Velonews. If I recall the one they tested came apart somewhere on the steerer tube, although the second one had held up since they received it.