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wound up fork upgrade or new empella frame/fork or time off(8 posts)

wound up fork upgrade or new empella frame/fork or time offbuffalosorrow
Aug 11, 2002 4:58 AM
to be the devil's advocate... say I won $600 with the lottery or receiced a decent bonus.
Would I be best off...

Upgrading to a wound up fork, king headset, and ITM mill bar/stem combo.

Or purchasing the empella frame with carbon fork.

Or take the time off from work and get some serious miles on the bike.

All would run about $600-625
re: wound up fork upgrade or new empella frame/fork or time offVelocipedio
Aug 11, 2002 2:26 PM
Depends on your job. Depends on the current ride.

"twere me, I'd be having a hard time saying no to the Empella...
re: wound up fork upgrade or new empella frame/fork or time offrbb
Aug 12, 2002 5:30 AM
a new empella with the carbon fork is going to be more than $625. The frame/carbon fork is going to run $775, but VERY much worth it!!
It depends on what you'd be putting the wound-up fork on as well. And the time off from work is something I always hope for- so sounds like you have some decisions ahead!!!'
good luck!
-Bob
re: wound up fork upgrade or new empella frame/fork or time offflyweight
Aug 12, 2002 10:24 AM
Not a fan of the Wound Up fork. They use the same crown as they use on their road fork, they just stick in longer legs. The tire has good mud clearance on the top but a Micheling Sprint barely clears at the sides. Also because the fork legs are so close together you'll need to hack off a good chunk of the brake pads so your brakes will open wide enough to get the wheel in and out without having to deflate the tire.
upgrading my threaded colnago crossbuffalosorrow
Aug 12, 2002 2:47 PM
The frame is identical to current model minus the threadless fork. The fork a straight blade with butted crown much different than the current. The new colnago fork runs $200-250 I could also have IF build one.

I have been working much, and hope for a good bonus and the completion of the project.
depends on ther upgrade Steerer Sizeatpjunkie
Aug 13, 2002 10:06 AM
If your present bike is a 1" steerer I'd definitely go for the Empella. Personally I don't have much confidence in a 1" all carbon fork for cross. If you've ever had a catastrophic collapse somewhere near the headtube (frame, or fork) at speed in rough terrain you'd understand my point. 1.125 Carbon steerer may work as long as you are sub 170 and not too aggressive. I'm a larger rider and puch stuff hard so I'll stick to alloy forks or steerers. True Temper makes a Carbon Titanium fork as well. I'd either buy the empella or take a bike vacation. Have Fun
depends on ther upgrade Steerer Sizebuffalosorrow
Aug 13, 2002 3:21 PM
It is a one inch steerer and I am a flyweight at 135lbs, I ride somewhat aggressive and have never had a problem with 1" steerer tubes, granted I use king headsets. Never have I damaged a headtube/ steerer in a crash, I have bent forks and wheelsets being hit by a cars on a few occasions.
depends on ther upgrade Steerer Sizeatpjunkie
Aug 13, 2002 7:42 PM
at 135 a 1" Carbon steerer should be fine. I haven't weighed 135 since 7th grade. I'm a tall (not FAT) Clydesdale so I put rigs under all kinds of torque (wide shoulders) and abuse. I've had a frame split at the headtube/top/downtube junction and it goes down as one of my all time uglies. It's a rare thing and something you most likely will never deal with. I was using that as a comparison to having an all carbon fork break at the crown/steerer junction. This will produce the same experience of having your front wheel go forward while the rest of you heads earthward. I'd still look into the true temper, they've got swank reenforcements on their carbon steerer and crown.The fork also just looks stiffer than the wound up. On my personal rigs I'm riding one alloy and one steel fork (one in 1" the other in 1.125") and I'll stick to that at my size. You tend not to be such a weight weenie when you are over 200 lbs. good Luck and let us know what you do and how it works. Let us know if you notice any increased dampening with the carbon.