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New fork questions?(3 posts)

New fork questions?Jamesc31
Mar 31, 2001 7:19 PM
I am looking to get a carbon fork to replace my aluminum one. Is there a difference other than looks between Straight blade forks and curved forks? Other than weight does the type of steerer make any difference? I do not have the largest budget up to $150.00 any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Jim C
re: New fork questions?DrD
Mar 31, 2001 8:06 PM
The shape of the blades is pretty much cosmetic - get what you think looks best.

For steerers, some riders notice a difference, some don't - in general, material type will to a large degree determine stiffness (torsional as well as bending) - whether or not you would notice a difference really depends on steerer tube length and diameter (e.g., for a 1", 240mm steerer, carbon is going to be really flexy compared to steel, but for a smaller steerer tube length - say 150mm, you probably wouldn't notice much difference)

If you have a low budget, figure out what you need (steerer tube diameter, length, and threaded/threadless) then start watching the classifieds here and on ebay. Don't worry too much about material type - in your price range it's going to be steel or aluminum for threadless, and steel for threaded.

Also, check around for sales at Supergo, Col.cyclist, etc. - as an example, Excel Sports has the Time Equipe Pro fork on sale for $148
Now, that being said...Kreeger
Apr 1, 2001 6:33 AM
...check out:

http://www.pedalforce.com

This is their M4 fork. I have one and it has a ride that is no different that the $450 Colnago Star fork (a friend has one of those). The kicker: $149 + shipping. It is all carbon and mine has a 1-1/8" steerer.