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Carbon forks and more(13 posts)

Carbon forks and moreThe Great Satchmo
Jul 13, 2001 8:03 AM
Do carbon forks significantly dampen bumps? Specifically I am looking at the Klein Pro frame with a 105 groupo setup. I've heard it is a real rigid bike, but wondering if the fork will help a lot on the longer rides (50+). I also want to test the Cannondale R1000 with Ultegra. Any thoughts, is this relative comparison, I appreciate? I've been out of the loop on road riding for a while now. Or I have about $1500 to play with, what else should I be looking at? Thanks again.
Jul 13, 2001 8:13 AM
they are lighter. i think that is the main benefit. a good steel fork may even ride better than a carbon fork, but they are boat anchors.
Jul 13, 2001 2:02 PM
YES, they dampen bumps, which goes along with their lighter weight. if the only reason was the lighter weight you could just put an alloy fork on your bike to make it lighter, carbon also soaks up the bumps
re: Carbon forks and moresidley
Jul 13, 2001 8:23 AM
Klein and Cannondale are great al frames for that price range. You chose well. However, don't rule out steel if you plan to make a lot of 50+ mile rides.

As for carbon forks, yes they make a big difference. I never believed it until I got one.

My advice is make sure you find a good bike shop that will properly fit you and will let you test ride everything in the shop. That way you can experience the differences between frames and componentry yourself.

That might mean two different shops since I don't think C'dale and Klein (aka Trek) are ever sold in the same shop.
don't agreeColnagoFE
Jul 13, 2001 10:52 AM
i've used both the precisa steel fork from colnagop and the carbon replacement. really couldn't tell much difference in ride quality though the steel one might have been slightly superior. the main benefit will be in weight IMHO...the rest is imagined unless you have a really low quality steel fork.
Aluminum vs. Carbonsidley
Jul 13, 2001 11:40 AM

Not being a clairvoyant, you probably didn't figure out that I was comparing an aluminum vs. carbon fork. I apparently did not communicate that in my post -- it's Friday and I'm tired.

I definately noticed a difference between my stock Specialized aluminum fork and the all carbon one I've got now.

probably would be able to tell a diff thenColnagoFE
Jul 13, 2001 1:32 PM
though there are good AL forks made. Most are probably not as nice riding as a good steel or CF fork.
C-Dale and Trek in the same shopCRM
Jul 13, 2001 11:55 AM
FYI, a local shop here sells Cannondale and Trek (and Specialized, too). Interestingly, they don't carry Klein.
C-Dale and Trek in the same shopMatt Potter
Jul 13, 2001 1:49 PM
The shop here carries, Klein , C-Dale and Trek.

Matt Potter
No Brainer1 grzy mnky
Jul 13, 2001 2:14 PM
A decent carbon fork is a very nice ride. Aluminum frames tend to be harsh and the CF fork goes a long way towards taking off the "edge".
re: Carbon forks and moreLone Gunman
Jul 13, 2001 5:03 PM
A Layman's diagnosis of a carbon fork: I am doing 25 mph or so on sealed tar and chip road and I look down and see the wheel and fork are bouncing and flexing but that energy is not being transfered to my hands, arms, shoulders, neck. Plus I ride a 853 steel frame, and that softens the ride further.
re: Carbon forks and moreDINOSAUR
Jul 14, 2001 7:59 AM
I ride a Klein Quantum Race, carbon fork, rigid is a good term. It depends a lot on what type of roads you will be riding. My old Guerciotti had a steel fork, very smooth riding. IMHO if you are looking for an al bike to dampen bumps you might consider an al bike with carbon seat stays, such as the Pinarello Opera. The reason you see carbon mixed with al is not for weight reduction but road dampening. If I were to purchase another al bike that would be my choice. You didn't ask but, don't eliminate a steel bike. Steel will be my frame choice for my new bike, and my Klein will be used for shorter rides. Make sure you get fitted correctly. Klein's have a steep seat tube angle, if you have a long torso you might have problems adjusting your KNOP. This is a common problem with Klein's, some riders have to go with an offset seatpost. What I've learned is to first select your geometry, then choose your frame material. Fit should be paramount over frame material. If your LBS doesn't address this, look for another shop. Talking from experience, I'm riding a 61, but I should have been fitted on a 59. A lot of bike shops really don't take the time to fit you correctly.
thanks to all..The Great Satchmo
Jul 14, 2001 7:41 PM
I'll try and let you know what happens