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Wound Up Forks - Experiences(5 posts)

Wound Up Forks - ExperiencesFred2001
Nov 26, 2001 2:55 PM
Hi -

I am about to embark on building up a new bike and I was all set to get a Wound Up Fork (1 1/8" Alum Steerer). I am a pretty big guy (6'7" and 280#) and heard that for the "larger rider" it was a good option.

I just read the report below of a failure of someone's Wound Up and wanted to get a read from the group of your opinion of the fork (good and bad) and also if there were other fork options for a guy my size.

All feedback would be welcome.

Thanks, Jon
Those reports shook me a little. I have a 1" threaded steelbill
Nov 26, 2001 3:04 PM
steerer Wound-Up that I've always considered bombproof. I love that fork. Stiff and comfortable, it changed the handling of my bike much to the better. No problems at all. No knowledge of other failures. Why the steel steerer would be different from alu or if it is different in terms of failure rates I have no idea.
Nov 26, 2001 3:42 PM
I've also got a 1" steel steerer wound-up fork. I think that it's an amazing combination of stiffness and shock absorption--and I like the way it looks on my bike.

It's takes some big hits and some miles on gravel with no sign of a problem.

I also value my hide, so I'm going to keep a careful eye on the fork and for news on this board that these aren't isolated incidents.
Got One - No problemPjkad
Nov 26, 2001 5:12 PM
I have a 1 1/8th inch alum steerer and am 6'6" 210lbs. I have been happy with the fork but am also not happy about the recent reports. Not even sure what I should be checking to see if anything is about to go. I have a Seven bike and they are very high on this fork, which is why I got it. So far so good, but I don't need to be thinking about failure.
Well, I could try to speculuate...Leisure
Nov 27, 2001 1:59 AM
At 280 I would be concerned about everything I put on the bike. I've always heard "bombproof" sans Bill, which is part of why I bought one. Noone I've ever talked to about any fork has weighed 280 though, so bombproof for everyone else doesn't necessarily mean anything. But, I definitely like the feel of the Woundup. I only weigh 160, but I am pretty neurotic about steering precision and stability, and at my comparatively paltry weight the Woundup is awesome; it feels the same at 45mph as it does at 10.
In theory, I figure you primarily have to look at the legs themselves and the base of the steerer tube. I'm guessing the legs shouldn't be a concern even at your weight, because a)Woundup weaves carbon well, b)they wound it heavy, and c)they wound it even heavier than its Seven sibling, for which I haven't heard (yet) of any legs failing. Ask Woundup, though, 'cuz I didn't build the thing.
As for where the steerer tube meets the crown, I would have no idea. Ask Woundup what they would suggest; don't quote me but I think you can get the steerer tube in steel, carbon, or aluminum. One thing I think is a plus is the fact you're on a 1-1/8" steerer. Mechanical engineers correct me if I am wrong, but I think that equates to 1.6 times the strength of a 1" steerer assuming all else is equal. That should curb some of your concerns; for any fork, not just the Woundup.
If with more research you still find yourself worried, ask about steel forks, even if only as a temporary solution. They're cheap, made of one solid piece, and at your weight probably won't feel any harsher than carbon forks feel for the rest of us. Not much to worry about there I figger.