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best fork???(7 posts)

best fork???kushogun
Oct 15, 2001 9:58 PM
Alright, I thought everyone would have a hay day with this one. What is the best 700c fork out right now? All around performer? Ouzo Pro, Look HCS, Time, Alpha Q, sound off on this one.
I have been really happy...PsyDoc
Oct 16, 2001 3:55 AM
...with the performance of the Reynolds Ouzo Pro. I have only been using this fork for about 1.5 weeks now, but the fork is superb. The fork is plenty stiff for me (175lbs) and provides a nice comfortable ride. I was riding with an aluminum fork (Sake) so that is the only comparison I can make.
Its opinion timepmf1
Oct 16, 2001 4:44 AM
I bet there isn't anyone out there who has a carbon fork they hate. "The posts you'll get is my is great, you should get one". I'd bet any major brand is going to work pretty well for you. I've got 3 bikes and all have carbon forks (Look HSC2, Kestrel EMS, Colnago). I can't tell much difference between them. Maybe the Colnago is a tad stiffer. The differences are marginal to me. Then again, I can't tell huge differences in tires either.
wrong.... ;)JohnG
Oct 16, 2001 7:31 PM
I hated my Colnago Star fork. It felt like I was getting ripped by a jackhammer.

YMMV
JohnG
wrong.... ;)pmf1
Oct 17, 2001 4:09 AM
How big are you? Perhaps smaller guys notice these things more. I weigh 195. I like my Litespeed Ultimate, a bike that many complain is too stiff.
No such thing as bestNessism
Oct 16, 2001 5:06 AM
What may be best for one person is not necessarily best for another. More specific information is needed such as what type of riding will be done and how heavy the rider is. From my experience I can say that there are stiff carbon forks, such as EMS Kestral and Wound Up, and there are soft ones, such as older Time and Look models (I'm not sure about the newer stuff). To say one is better than another is not accurate. I had an ESM fork on one bike I use to cruise with and hated it (I weigh 163#) because it was too stiff. Changing to a Time smoothed the ride noticably. For racing however I would rather have the EMS. My point is that the type of riding DOES make a big difference in what "best" means. Good luck.
No such thing as bestkushogun
Oct 16, 2001 5:59 AM
I'm not too worried about stiffness being I am a very light 145 lbs. I don't torque my bars that much on starts and sprints either. I am looking for 100% carbon throughout. Steerer/crown/legs. I want something that has a good "CF" steerer tube record, ie. not breaking. I am doing club rides and an occasional race on normal pavement. Basically I want to upgrade from my aluminum steerer tube. I am trying to cut weight on my bike so my weight/power ratio may increase somewhat. Thanks again.