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Fork/stem choice(5 posts)

Fork/stem choiceLazy
Jul 6, 2001 10:39 AM
I am considering a carbon fork. I have never bought one before, so I have no idea which ones are best. I have a 1" steerer and have narrowed my choices to the following.

Reynolds Ouzo Comp (alu steerer) ~$240 510g
Kestrel EMS (steel steerer) ~$200 500g
Easton EC70 (carbon steerer) ~$170 395g
Time Stiletto (carbon steerer) ~$170 496g

Do any of these choices seem like a largely better deal than any of the others?

As far as stem goes, I'm thinking ITM Milennium for ~$70. Any other ideas?

Thanks.
re: Fork/stem choicePsyDoc
Jul 6, 2001 11:20 AM
Some people have noticed that the 1" carbon steerer forks can be a bit flexy, so you may want find a bike with a 1" carbon steerer and test ride it. As for the ITM Milennium, you may want to take a look at the reviews posted on this site for what others have had to say about it. Apparently, if you get longer face-plate screws, then you won't have problems. You may also want to consider the Ritchey WCS stem...I think they run about $90.
1 inch steering tube flex...C-40
Jul 6, 2001 4:42 PM
You shouldn't notice any significant flex from a 1 inch carbon steering tube unless you try to use too many spacers under the stem. I wouldn't use more than 1cm, although most say that 2cm is the limit. I only use 3mm on my bike.

I really don't understand when people believe that they feel this steering tube flex, and how they are able distinguish it from the bar's flex. Under normal riding conditions, only a small amount of upper body weight should be placed on the bars, certainly not enough to cause any noticeable flex. If you're regularly pushing and pulling extremely hard on the bars, you're wasting energy, and need to learn some finesse.
1 inch steering tube flex...AD14
Jul 6, 2001 7:26 PM
Great post. I ceased pulling so hard that my bars creaked and concentrated on finesse and lo and behold I became a better climber. I also think you are correct about bars flexing before steering tubes.
re: Fork/stem choiceTi guy GPX
Jul 6, 2001 11:24 PM
Try an AME Alpa Q fork with a Titanium steerer, $333 direct from the manufacturer. Straight bladed or curved with several rakes available. Waaay better than all listed in the post. www.alphaqfork.com