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CX fork on a road bike?(4 posts)

CX fork on a road bike?Jusme
May 14, 2003 11:44 AM
So what happens if you do this? Does it change the handling for the worse?
re: CX fork on a road bike?Cuttsie
May 14, 2003 12:45 PM
Should'nt really change much at all. Front end might be a little higher due to CX forks having more clearance etc. And wheelbase may increase a little (both dependant on make of fork). But really, unless you're screaming around crit courses at 30MPH+ you're not gonna notice
re: CX fork on a road bike?atpjunkie
May 14, 2003 7:28 PM
raising front end slackens HT angle nad BB Height as well. will change the handling of the bike. like running a MTB designed for a 80mm travel fork with a 100 or 120.
I did it oncetriangleforge
May 15, 2003 10:02 AM
And lived to tell the tale. As ATP suggests, it did slow down the handling somewhat, though not to the point that it was annoying, or even all that noticeable after about 15 minutes of riding. In part, I think the much greater rake on the average 'cross fork keeps you in the same ballpark for a trail figure, even with the slacker head tube.

I did it to my S & S coupled travel bike (an old, nice, mid-70s racing frame of unknown provenance, so it's got good tire clearance in the back already), thinking it'd be great to be able to pack two forks, two sets of tires, and have a real go-anywhere, do-anything bike. I did one 'cross race on it; it was adequate as a 'cross bike, but ultimately not really worth the work I put into it. Your experience may differ, but in my case, it turned a right nice road bike into a bike that was noticeably mediocre at everything.

Cheers!