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best carbon fork Time? Look? Colnago?(12 posts)

best carbon fork Time? Look? Colnago?cyclopathic
Jan 15, 2002 10:25 AM
I wish money were no object
re: best carbon fork Time? Look? Colnago?Elefantino
Jan 15, 2002 11:33 AM
Nothing on Colango, but this is a good place to start:
re: best carbon fork Time? Look? Colnago?Elefantino
Jan 15, 2002 11:35 AM
I meant "Colnago" of course. Vicodin typo.
Advanced Materials EngineeringMike P
Jan 15, 2002 11:50 AM
AME's Alfa Q fork has snagged my attention. I want to put my hands on one before making up my mind though.

re: best carbon fork Time? Look? Colnago?CT1 Guy
Jan 15, 2002 12:05 PM
Mizuno / Pesenti Fiandre - straight bladed, full carbon - not a common fork but fitted as OE to many top-line Italian frames.

Both the Colnago Star and Force forks are excellent but only really look right on a Colnago frame and aren't really worth the premium you pay when you buy the fork only.

Avoid Profile Full Carbon - noodle city!
Reynolds, Kestrel, Serotta....grzy
Jan 15, 2002 2:08 PM
Guess it really comes down to how you define "best". Ultimately I'd lean towards American composite engineering technology - we have a few more aerospace types running amok in the bike biz. Our fighter aircraft rule. I personally don't think you can buy a better unit than the Reynolds Ouzo Pro, but lots of others are probably at this same level. You can pay more and you can get a lighter fork, but for rock solid performance and relaibility the Reynolds boys (from Poway, CA) have it nailed.
Easton, Mizuno, Columbus....ezy
Jan 15, 2002 2:13 PM
etc, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah
AME Alpha Q is the standard.Lewis
Jan 15, 2002 8:44 PM
The top performing fork in full carbon 1" or 1 1/8". Period. No others compare. I cant think of any that come close.

I dont know why Reynolds Ouzu Pro gets so highly rated. They come standard on alot of bikes and look nice but are 2 steps behind the Alpha Q. They are good but not great.
Dude, Reynolds is hi rated for being light, strong, supple nmsprockets
Jan 15, 2002 10:44 PM
AME Alpha Q is the standard.gtx
Jan 15, 2002 11:31 PM
TJeanloz is usually pretty straight with this kind of stuff. I had heard a lot of good things about AME, too, but now I wonder...

TJeanloz "Wound Up Responds" 11/27/01 1:21pm
re: thanx a bunchcyclopathic
Jan 16, 2002 9:50 AM
for the link, I'll stay away from it. Not that I am strong to break something but I put a lot of miles.

I still remeber the face of the guy who broke his frame 450mi into BMB, would hate it happen to me!

I've looked around and decided to go with Easton, never had any problem with Easton products. Have you heard anything bad about EC90?
re: thanx a bunchgtx
Jan 16, 2002 10:20 AM
seems like Easton does a good job--their mtb products seems solid. But I'm sure TJeanloz knows a lot more about this (last time I worked in a shop was 1995, so I don't see what breaks anymore). To be honest, I can't see myself buying a carbon fork anytime in the near future--I'm too paranoid. I don't like to mess with super lightweight tires, tubes, bars, stems or forks. I also happen to like the feel of steel forks better (never had any comfort "issues" with them) and don't think saving half a pound is the biggest deal in the whole world. Even my Rockshox has a steel steerer (yeah, it will probably seperate at the crown). FWIW, Steelman and IF both make beautiful steel forks.

This Eisentraut FAQ summed it up for me: