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WoundUp 'cross fork(3 posts)

WoundUp 'cross forkgeetee
Nov 1, 2001 6:28 AM
I never thought I'd be asking this, but I'm getting a new frame and the builder has offered me a WoundUp 'cross fork at wholesale. This brings the cost to within $100 of his steel fork, close enough to make me tilt my head and say "Hmmm".

General pros and cons? Is there an actual weight savings over, say, an IF steel fork (we're talking about 1", steel steerers here)? Any durability worries from using a carbon fork off-road (I weigh 142). Fork chatter? Pitting of the polished crown or carbon legs?

Does anyone know if the WU will clear a Michelin Mud tire? Not many muddy races here in the Midwest, so I'm not worried about mud getting packed under the crown.

I have a WU on my crit bike and love it, so I'm leaning toward getting it. I am currently racing on an older Ibis 'Lugi; I will continue to use the 'Lugi for training and as a pit bike, and save the new bike (an Anvil) for racing.

All thoughts welcome - thanks in advance.
re: WoundUp 'cross forkflyweight
Nov 1, 2001 10:14 AM
The Wound-Up is a nice fork. However, it appears they used the exact same crown that they use for the road fork. It has good mud clearance on the top of the tire but not at the sides. It will clear a Mich Mud but it wouldn't be my first choice for a truly soupy course. I've ridden them a few times and couldn't tell any difference from a steel fork. Weight savings are also probably minimal. Wouldn't be too concerned about the durability. The rotor blades on military helicopters are made from composites and they see more stress in 5 minutes of flight than ANY bicycle will see in 5 years. I've yet to hear of any Wound Up failures that were not crash related. Personally, I'm thinking about getting one for my single speed cross bike just because they look so darn cool and are probably a bit stiffer.
Poor service at WoundUpEurodude
Nov 2, 2001 2:46 AM
I sent them several serious emails about the forks, really intending to buy them, but my mails were never replied and even deleted unread...
Hope you´ll keep your fork in one piece, could be hard finding them for warranty...