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UK riders - views on HSC 2 Fork(6 posts)

UK riders - views on HSC 2 Forksticky
Nov 23, 2001 8:21 AM
Any views on the HSC 2 fork. I am looking for an all carbon fork (40mm rake) in the UK. I was tempted by the ITM but it only comes with a 43mm rake. If the HSC 2 is no good then what are the other options with this rake.
Suggestionmuncher
Nov 23, 2001 9:01 AM
I don't have one, but when I looked at buying a Look frame and forks from Deeside cycles (www.deesidecycles.com) the guy I chatted to on the 'phone there (can't remember name) was very helpful/knowledgeable. Check to site too for some other carbon fork offers.

Hope that helps - M.
re: UK riders - views on HSC 2 Forkzelig1
Nov 23, 2001 9:54 AM
I ride an HSC-2 fork, 4.0 rake, in the UK and have about 12,000 miles on it mostly riding in and around London. The best thing I can say about it is I don't even think about the fork. The ride's comfortable, it's stiff enough and it's also fairly strong if you dump the bike. Available in 4.0 and 4.5 rakes.

I was under the impression that the ITM's (they're made by Presenti) were available in both 4.0 and 4.5 rakes, depending upon the model. Most of the Mizuno's (again, another Presenti) are definitely available in 4.0 and 4.5 rakes.

If you're a big or aggressive rider who races a lot of criteriums (although I haven't seen many crits in the UK), you might want to check out the HSC 3. Another fork which I like is the Columbus Muscle (not the Carve) which has a cabon steerer. Only available in 4.3 though. I'm not sure the difference between 4.0 and 4.3 is going to create signficant differences in the quickness of your steering. You'll notice it when you make the change but are more than likely to adjust to the change.
Not in UK but I have both forksCT1
Nov 23, 2001 11:42 AM
I've got about 5?K miles on my KG 281with a LOOK HSC2 fork. The fork is good for my 145# weight .... BUT it does have a slightly noodly steerer tube. I've only got 7.5mm of stem spacers so mine isn't too bad but I felt the bars moving around quite a bit when I had 15mm of stem spacer. My suggestion is to analyze your riding style and also determine how much stem spacer you will need. If you are a big strong guy who likes to pull on the bars I would suggest looking elsewhere. If you are a spinner and/or a lightweight guy and you plan on using 1cm or less of stem spacers then go for it!

I haven't used my ITM Millinium fork yet but it looks VERY-VERY sexy. I'll probably mount it on a bike soon though.

good luck
JohnG
re: UK riders - views on HSC 2 ForkSharky
Nov 24, 2001 12:55 AM
Try HSC3, a much better fork. I used the 2 for a year and it was ok, but the HSC3 is much better. Or I think AME makes one with that rake and that fork is even better than the HSC3
re: UK riders - views on HSC 2 Forkpmf1
Nov 26, 2001 7:31 AM
I live in the U.S., but I assume the Look forks here are the same. I've got an HSC2 on a LS Ultimate and am happy with it. I have other bikes with a Kestrel EMS and Colnago Star and it compares favorably. You might want to check out the Reynolds Ouza Pro. People seem to like that one. I'm happy with the Look myself.