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Carbon fork(5 posts)

Carbon forkmduell
Dec 30, 2001 11:45 PM
I'm looking at getting a road bike after I totalled my mtn bike (it involved going over a Honda Civic) and realized that I spend a lot more time on the road than on the trail. For my price point and local availability, I've pretty much narrowed it down to the Trek 1200. My only question (well, for now at least) is should I opt for a carbon fork over the Al/Cro-Moly (catalog says Al, some online sites say Cro-Moly, I'm not sure which it is) fork that comes standard? I'm going to be riding on somewhat rough city streets and both of my friends who ride road bikes reccomend it. Just looking for some more expert-ish opinions. TIA.

Mark Duell
re: Carbon fork6828
Dec 31, 2001 2:30 AM

I've been commuting on my MTB with Marzocchi Z.2 Bams for about 10 months. Previous to that I've never riden a road bike. This month I bought a KHS Flite 800, with carbon forks and I have to say the ride is far more comfortable than I originally thought it would be on a road bike with CF forks. It's almost as comfortable as the Marzocchi's !. It's true they really do soak up the bumps and vibrations, just not the bigger man hole covers or pot holes. ; )

Check out a KHS, and see if you can get one on close out, I think it might be in the same price range as a Trek 1200, I'm not certain. When I was looking at the Trek's here in Australia it wasn't much more for the KHS 800 so I got that as a long term investment and have not regretted it at all.

Email me if you want further info. :)


If you are willing to consider Tony's advice re the KHS . . .DCW
Dec 31, 2001 4:13 AM
800, check out Gary Hobbs:

His are specced with Ultegra for $1195. He can built it up as you wish for less or more.
re: Carbon forkBender
Jan 1, 2002 12:16 PM
Ever used a hammer with a fiberglass handle? The composite structure of the fiberglass, which is very similar to carbon fiber construction, transmitts significantly less vibration (shock) to your body. Ride a bike with an alloy fork and one with a carbon fiber fork (make sure the tire pressure is the same) for a comparison. You can feel the difference, especially on long road rides over rough surfaces (less fatigue). Also, the KHS is a great value, but check out for closeout deals on Schwinn Fastback bikes. They are very light and well spec'ed for the money. Bikenashbar has Easton carbon forks on closeout as well if you need to upgrade.

re: Carbon forkdagnelson
Jan 2, 2002 5:50 AM
I just bought the 2002 Trek 1200, it comes w/aluminum fork. I love the bike, and put almost 800 miles on it in 2 months. I am considering the carbon fiber fork, because aluminum really sends the shockwaves through you on a shake & bake...I checked, they have them on sale for around $ 80. Not that bad...I'd love to know what you'll end up doing.