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Carbon CX Forks(4 posts)

Carbon CX ForksJake the Snake
Feb 1, 2002 5:52 PM
I am trying to shed some weight and smooth out the ride of my Kona. Was looking at some carbon CX forks, but the idea kind of scares me, especially since I have a 1" headset. I can get a fairly good deal on an AME. The other one I have been looking at is made by Winwood. Does anyone out there have experience with these things? How do they ride? Any durability issues?
re: Carbon CX ForksSteveS
Feb 2, 2002 3:54 PM
Unless you are getting a carbon steered fork, I wouldn't be too concerned about the 1" question. Haven't been to the AME website but I have one of their titanium steered forks on one of my bikes and it does great. I would consider a steel, titanium, or possibly an alloy steered fork from them, but not a 1" cf steerer for cyclocross.
they aren't any lighterstr8dum1
Feb 4, 2002 10:39 AM
esp the winwood. that fork is the same weight as my generic kinesis cx fork.

the ame is only 50-70g lighter. a total waste of money.

goto a square taper BB/ crank and save 200g easily over ult splined for about 1/4 of the price of a new fork
re: Carbon CX Forksflyweight
Feb 4, 2002 2:55 PM
Wouldn't be too concerned about durability with the all carbon AME fork. My cousin said it would stronger than a ti/carbon or aluminum/carbon combination. Of course he designs composite parts for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter so what does he know! After all, a cyclocross bike is going to see far more stress than a combat aircraft....NOT!

Outside of the AME fork I'd save your money as none of the other carbon forks are noticeably lighter than a good steel fork. Another option is the Mrazek titanium fork. A few pros have been running these lately. Only downside is they're more expensive than the AME.