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Winwood Muddy Cross Carbon Fork: Yea or Nay?(7 posts)

Winwood Muddy Cross Carbon Fork: Yea or Nay?Dale Brigham
Sep 17, 2003 8:23 AM
My old ('98) Jake needs a facelift this season (for that matter, so do I!), and I'm thinking about a spiffy new fork to replace my trusty old Kinesis aluminum fork ("The Shaker"). Given the much-discussed pros and cons of steel vs. aluminum vs. carbon forks for cross bikes, have any of you brave souls actually ridden a Winwood carbon fork (or one rebadged as an OEM fork on Bianchi Axis and other bikes), and, if so, what do you think?

I eagerly await your sage advice and counsel.

Dale
re: Winwood Muddy Cross Carbon Fork: Yea or Nay?TWD
Sep 17, 2003 11:17 AM
I've got the rebadged Winwood carbon fork on my Bianchi. I've put about 4K miles on it with a good mix of wet weather commuting, singletrack mtb type rides, gravel roads, fast group road rides, and cross races.

It's taken everthing I've dished out so far, and I haven't had any problems with it. I like the fact that it has eyelets so that I can run full coverage fenders for the winter commutes after cross season if finished.

I weigh in at about 210 lbs, and I haven't noticed any significant flex with the fork, and I have my brake pads set very close to the rim (running v-brakes with travel agents)without any rub.

As far as ride characteristics, it's hard to say, since this is the only fork that I've run on this particular bike. It seems to give a fairly smooth ride, though I'm a firm believer that tire pressure and volume will affect your ride alot more than one rigid fork material vs. another.

As far as wieght goes, I don't think that the Winwood is all that light, but it doesn't feel that heavy either. I don't count grams though, so don't take my advice.

I'm satisfied with the Winwood as an OEM fork, but if I was going to shell out the $$ for an upgrade I may consider a higher end fork. I haven't had to give that much consideration though. I'm happy with the Winwood for now.
Thanks, TWD! Exactly what I needed to hear. (nm)Dale Brigham
Sep 17, 2003 11:45 AM
I'll second that...Dwayne Barry
Sep 17, 2003 3:14 PM
somehow the original fork on my Redline got bent and I replaced it with a Winnwood. I've used it for a full cross season last year and commute fairly regularly on the bike with no problems. It noticeably smoothed out the ride over rough roads when I first got it. That was the only real difference I noticed.
re: Winwood Muddy Cross Carbon Fork: YeaHENRY K
Sep 17, 2003 5:38 PM
I agree with the previous posters. I have put about 1500 miles on a Winwood that I installed at the beginning of the season. I have ridden in every condition there is, weigh about 210 (220 at the beginning of the season)...No problems whatsoever.
re: Winwood Muddy Cross Carbon Fork: Yea or Nay?rrbfun
Sep 17, 2003 9:08 PM
Check out the carbon cross fork at chucksbikes.com for $150. Have seen good reviews here on it in the past.
Verdict is in: "Yea" Thanks to all for your kind advice!Dale Brigham
Sep 18, 2003 5:38 AM
Sounds like the Winwood carbon fork is a solid product. I'll put one on order at my LBS (I like to support them, regardless of price).

My Jake and I both thank you!

Dale