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Which of these two forks is better?(5 posts)

Which of these two forks is better?MEDINA
Jul 7, 2002 7:36 AM
Ok I want to buy a new fork for my CX bike, now i´m racing MTB and road, and at the end of this season I will race in some CX races. I have a Cannondale 2002 :



I want to make some changes in this bike...I hate the fork... and I´m doubting about this two forks :

Alpha Q Cyclo-cross


Weight : 475 grams (310mm Carbon Steerer)
Price : $499.00

Empella Carbon Fork


Weight : 550 grams
Price : $259.99
re: Which of these two forks is better?seamus
Jul 7, 2002 5:57 PM
Haven't ridden the Ame cross, but I've got about a year on the latest all-carbon road version, and it's a damn fine fork. A little stiffer than some (Time, Reynolds) but still compliant, light, and bombproof according to all the tests. I'd expect the cross fork to be all that and hopefully a bit more compliant, lest it loosen your fillings.

That said, that Empella fork looks fricking beautiful...
a possible conflict...raynak
Jul 8, 2002 1:28 PM
you may run into an issue with the empella...
according to cyclocrossworld.com:
"1 1/8" carbon fork with carbon steerer. Just like the Spaar Select team issue fork. This lightweight beauty is a must have for the Empella frame. Designed for bikes with integrated headsets. 550 grams."

since it is designed for integrated headsets, you may have trouble with the lower bearing race.

don't forget about wound-up or winwood for carbon forks.
a possible conflict...atpjunkie
Jul 17, 2002 1:37 PM
I'd pass on the Winwood. The Wound Ups are okay. Winwood is a cheaper Taiwanese knock off company and those x-forks I've heard tend to fail. Go with the Alpha Q IMHO
a possible conflict...MEDINA
Jul 19, 2002 3:39 AM
upsss I didn´t see that it is designed for integrated headsets....