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Aftermarket fork options w/ straight legs (steel or carbon)?(10 posts)

Aftermarket fork options w/ straight legs (steel or carbon)?SS_MB-7
Jun 26, 2002 4:58 PM
What aftermarket fork are out there in either steel or carbon that have straight or near-straight legs? Personally, I prefer the look of a straight- or near-straight-legged fork. I'm looking for something reasonably light, but durable. Cost is some concern.

I was originally looking at Vicious, but they only make a straight-legged fork in disc-only. Their canti-version is curved.

Some of the steel forks I am considering are:
- IF
- Curtlo -- does he sell forks alone or only with frames?
- Kelly
- Hunter
- Steelman

Some of the carbon forks I am considering are:
- Wound-Up
- Winwood Muddy

Any comments on any of the above forks? Any others I should consider?

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
There's a name a recognize from MTBR...UTE
Jun 27, 2002 2:41 AM
Mike, I ordered a custom cross frame/fork and stem from Rick Hunter. Actually spoke to him yesterday and my stuff is being painted as we speak. He is a great guy to deal with. Laid Back might be a strong enough way to describe his manner, but his reputation is exceptional. When other frame builders talk about how beautiful the stuff a guy is building is, THAT says something. The fact the he cares enough about his craft to take the time to fillet braze is another indication. He won't be the fastest, but I would be shicked if you were anything less than delerious with the end product. Just my $0.02. - JW
Hey UTE...SS_MB-7
Jun 27, 2002 4:16 AM
If you don't mind me asking, how much was the Hunter fork?

Will Hunter sell forks alone or only with frames?

I'm looking for something, straight-legged and of mid-to-high quality -- something like a Vicious, but with straight legs and canti bosses. I've read many great things about Hunter's work, and have seen some photos in the SS forum of his frames/forks.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
I believe he gets...UTE
Jun 27, 2002 6:19 AM
$225 for Straight Unicrown fork, whether Mountain, Road or Cross. I believe he'll do an Investment Cast Crown with either curved or straight blades for road or cross for $250. Those should be right in line with Vicious pricing. I know that Tamjam on the SS board on MTBR is riding a new Hunter SS complete with one of Rick's forks.
Try Don Ferris at Anvil as welltriangleforge
Jun 27, 2002 6:23 AM
I've been talking to Don Ferris at Anvil Bikeworks about a cantilever-brake fork for a road bike; his price for a custom, powdercoated fork is about what most plain-vanilla stock forks run, and the workmanship on his bikes I've seen is absolutely impeccable.

I've found him very friendly and easy to reach through the "contact" link at his website

re: Aftermarket fork options w/ straight legs (steel or carbon)?lvonmoss
Jun 29, 2002 8:44 PM
DEAN for $200 -
LITESPEED @ Lickton's $235 (definitely cool looking) -
re: Aftermarket fork options w/ straight legs (steel or carbon)?raynak
Jul 1, 2002 10:44 AM
there is a builder in portland oregon that does a really nice job with exactly what your are looking for.
he started and specializes in cross frames

his name is sacha and his brand is vanilla...
check out some eyecandy here:

Jul 1, 2002 7:39 PM
Wow, those are some great looking bikes!! I want one! I want more than one!!
note on straight forksatpjunkie
Jul 2, 2002 4:26 PM
Wound Up makes a straight blade Carbon CX fork for about 400 bucks. I know they may look sweet but a straight blade fork produces a much harsher ride, something you may want to avoid in cx. Most of you guys probably weren't around for the early years of MTB (pre suspension) but they went through the whole Straight vs Curved Fork issue in 1981-1983. Straight Forks transmitted much more shock to the frame/ rider, so much so that some frames broke at the head tube/downtube/top tube connection. Having a Bike split ways at the headtube at speed on a rough descent is not a pleasant experience (yes I've been there) and MTB mfg's switched to curved forks to soften the ride.
That's my 2 cents worth, if you are doing grass crits a straight fork will do you fine, if you plan on riding rougher terrain I'd sacrifice your asthetics for function.
note on straight forkscanal_pdx
Jul 5, 2002 2:02 PM
Not sure that straight forks always produce a harsher ride. I had to replace the fork on my Gunnar when the front dropout got bent 90 degrees. I went with a Steelman and I find the ride to be a bit smoother even though the Gunnar fork was curved and the Steelman fork is straight.
Some other things to note are that frame and steel technology has improved since the early 80's and I doubt that most cross bikes will see the abuse that early mountain bikes put on the fork simply because anyone riding like that will get a mountain bike with a suspension fork.