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Replacement fork for lugged 853 frame?(6 posts)

Replacement fork for lugged 853 frame?skimmyfly
Mar 7, 2001 10:24 AM
Can anyone recommend a good fork for a 853 lugged frame? People tell me not to put a carbon fork on a "classic" frame, but I'm not so sure. I would like to stay away from aluminum. Any suggestions are appreciated.
re: Replacement fork for lugged 853 frame?Hank
Mar 7, 2001 12:22 PM
are you looking for a change, or was your lugged fork damaged? If you are looking to replace a damaged fork, I'm sure a local builder could do it for you. Steelman also makes a nice fork with a nice low profile fork crown. I'd be one of those people who thinks carbon looks bad with lugged steel, but to each his own. And I guess if you got it painted to match, wouldn't look too bad. Just make sure the rake is compatible with your current ride.
re: Replacement fork for lugged 853 frame?fuzzybunnies
Mar 7, 2001 3:50 PM
If I were you I'd go with the carbon if that's what you want, it'll probably look a little goofy with an aero style fork, but if you go with the straight blade style the bike'll still look classy. Other wise the easy way is to find a chrome fork which eliminates the hassle of finding a colour match and they're easy to find on ebay. TTFN
re: Replacement fork for lugged 853 frame?SteveS
Mar 7, 2001 4:40 PM
If you stick with steel, there are any number of builders who could do a traditional fork, personally I would choose Reynolds 531C, but there are lots of choices. (for instance, Mercian will build one custom for you for about $130) On my Spectrum lugged steel frame, I have a new Reynolds Ouzo Pro painted to match the frame and it looks and rides beautifully.
Why not carbon?Brian B.
Mar 7, 2001 6:19 PM
The people who tell you not to put a carbon fork on a "classic" frame are not riding your bike.

Are you keeping it all pretty only to sell it off to a collector, or are you out rolling up the miles? I say, if you have some really, truly classic frame, a museum piece, try to find a nice steel fork. But if this is your primary riding machine, there's no reason not to go carbon.

Who cares how it looks to other people if it works for you? I personally think a black natural carbon fork looks great on almost any frame, new or old.

-Brian B.
re: Replacement fork for lugged 853 frame?Rusty Coggs
Mar 8, 2001 4:38 PM
I put a Wound Up on a Colnago Master Light. Looks good. Rides better than the original.