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True Temper/AME Alpha Q Carbon steerer users....(4 posts)

True Temper/AME Alpha Q Carbon steerer users....SS_MB-7
Jul 9, 2002 10:45 AM
I'm considering the True Temper/AME Alpha Q cyclocross fork, but I am not sure whether to get the carbon or titanium steerer. So, I have a question to those with the carbon steerer.....can it be cut to length? From the picture and description on the website (shown below) , the fork comes pre-installed with the required star-nut.

Since I am relatively short (5'6"), I always need to remove some steerer tube from my forks. From the picture, it looks like the "INSERT" can be removed from the fork temporarily, the carbon steerer cut to length, and the insert re-installed. Is this correct? Is there a limit to the amount the steerer can be cut so that the "insert" does not bottom-out?

Also, what is the weight difference between the carbon and Ti steerers?

I'm only 135lbs so I'd likely go with the carbon IF it can be cut to length.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
Yep. It's no big deal.seamus
Jul 9, 2002 11:14 AM
The fork comes with a long steer tube to fit anything, and you cut it to fit your frame, just like any other fork. That insert you're looking at is one of the nice features of AME forks; their carbon steer design has tested far more durable and reliable than other carbon steer tubes, according to some big German bike mag. It supports the clamping zones of the steer tube so your efforts to over-tighten the stem don't mangle the stem, and it provides a star-nut function that doesn't bite into the inner wall of the steer tube. Here's how it works:

Cut the steer tube, as normal, using a fine-tooth hacksaw and a littl water (recommended instructions for cutting carbon according to AME). Next you'll use some industrial strength epoxy (Liquid steel or something? The name they recommend escapes me) and you'll bond that insert (it's only 3 or 4 inches long) w/built-in star nut inside the steer tube.

It's a bit more involved than your average fork install, but the engineering and detail that goes into this fork gives me peace of mind. Again, I'm too poor to get one for my cross bike, but the one I put on my Calfee a year ago was no hassle to install and a great fork overall. And you'll have no trouble getting the fork to fit your frame. One recommendation: Time, Reynolds, AME and other carbon fork makers quietly recommend Ritchey WCS or Thomson stems when using carbon steer tubes, as these are the only two designed to be carbon steer tube freindly.
Thanks. What about 3TTT stems?SS_MB-7
Jul 9, 2002 11:40 AM
What about 3TTT stems, i.e., the Zepp shown below? How does it differ from the Ritchey WCS?

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
Here's an email from True Temper wrt stems....SS_MB-7
Jul 10, 2002 5:29 AM
Here's a reply I just received from True Temper with regards to stems:

"As for stems, here is the beauty of the insert kit. Unlike Reynolds, Time, Kinessis, Look, etc... we don't limit your choices of stems. You can use whatever you want and not worry about it. You won't crush the tube because its reinforced and you can have confidence in it. We actually sell our insert kit to people with other brands of forks (your bike shop can order the kit by itself) because they want to use a stem that is not allowed by thei fork company.

So with Alpha Q you can use you favorite stem and not worry about any damage."

Ride Hard,
Mike B.