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Winwood carbon fork info?(4 posts)

Winwood carbon fork info?bcm119
Sep 29, 2003 1:59 PM
Anyone know anything about this company? I can't find much information about them, not even a homepage. I'm looking at the cyclocross carbon fork that Excel is advertising. Any experiences?
See post below.TWD
Sep 29, 2003 2:20 PM
I don't know much about the company, but I know they supply OEM forks to a a couple of manufacturer's (Bianchi is the only one I'm certain of).

I like mine a lot. Scroll down the board, this question came up a week or so ago, and the general consensus was positive.

A while back I heard some negaitive remarks about their stuff, but never anything concrete. Mostly just remarks like "they suck" or "my cousins girlfriends uncle knows a guy that broke one." I think it's mostly that they are an OEM level fork, and therefore not as cool as the high $$$ aftermarket forks.
I like mine.Mandrake
Sep 30, 2003 5:48 AM
I've got one on an S-works aluminum frame. I like it just fine, but since it's my first carbon fork I really have nothing to compare it to.
Just got one for my old JakeDale Brigham
Sep 30, 2003 6:17 AM
Having gotten positive feedback on this fork from my fellow RBR crossers (thanks!), I got a Winwood Muddy Cross carbon fork last week and installed it on my old ('98) Kona Jake. So far, so good. It looks great, it rides just fine, and I'm a satisfied customer.

A link to the Winwood company and cross fork follows: http://www.winwoodbikeparts.com/muddyX.html

By the way, my new model ('04) cross fork looks a bit different than the one in the website photo. The new one is shaped more like the Winwood John Lee carbon road fork (but with canti bosses and eyelets on the fork ends) than the old Muddy Cross shown on the website. Excel is likewise using a photo of the "old" Muddy Cross on their website; if you call them, I'm sure they could tell you whether this is the old or newer ('04) model.

Besides the difference in appearance, there are a couple of more substantive differences between the old and new versions. First, the old version had a blade length (distance from axle center to top of crown) of 403 mm; the new one has a blade length of 395 mm. Second, the old version had a rake (offset) of 50 mm; the new one has a 45 mm rake. At least, these are the advertised specs that I could find.

Hope this helps!

Dale