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Anyone have info on IcyclesUSA Kinesis Forks?(3 posts)

Anyone have info on IcyclesUSA Kinesis Forks?fcc
Oct 8, 2003 5:28 PM
I scored a Kinesis Crosslight fork for $35 of ebay. Purchased from icycles, this fork is "RAW" or unfinished aluminum, something Kinesis says they don't sell, and suspect it could be grey market. Kinesis also implied that perhaps the forks might not have met the quality spec and perhaps they might not be safe.

Anyone had experiance with these forks?
wild guess...dpb
Oct 8, 2003 11:13 PM
I don't know about the fork, but I might guess that they were once painted OEM forks, and they were sandblasted (or chemically stripped?) to get the 'unfinished' look. Just a guess at an explanation of the remarks from Kinesis.

Or else...triangleforge
Oct 9, 2003 7:05 AM
Or else they were overruns or a cancelled order that a bike builder didn't need, and hence were never routed through the painter. Sandblasting them would be a lot of work; at most, I would expect any decals or company names to be removed or painted over.

As for quality, you get what you pay for, and one of the things you're clearly NOT paying for is warranty service, but I wouldn't be too concerned about it. As I said, they're probably excess inventory that never got painted, though it's possible that they're cosmetic seconds -- of course, most cosmetic rejects happen in the paint booth, and paint COVERS cosmetic flaws from the construction phase.

Look it over closely -- you've got the advantage of no paint to cover up any problems -- and if you don't spot cracks, distortions, or serious weld irregularities, I wouldn't sweat using the fork.