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Old steel bike, new carbon fork(7 posts)

Old steel bike, new carbon forkripSRV
Mar 8, 2002 8:42 AM
I have a 20 year old custom steel touring bike and I'm thinking about going threadless with a carbon fork.

What might I expect from this other than saving weight? Will the ride change much? I plan to use a Time featherlite fork because I have one on another bike that I am satisfied with.

Does anyone recommend a different fork?
Mar 8, 2002 9:16 AM
Some people might think it blasphemy to put a carbon fork on a steel bike... I once read in a bike magazine this is a fashion crime. jk... do whatever works for you! By putting a carbon fork on it you save weight and increase the ride quality but perhaps not as much as switching from an aluminum to carbon fork since steel already has some give.

-Nick ( for sneak peek)
OT: sweet web designbigdave
Mar 8, 2002 12:55 PM
The site you referrenced is quite cool! I like the design... stylish, yet not garish. Keep it up.

And good luck, BTW. I hope you reach your goals. :-)

I think I've given up on this idea.Sintesi
Mar 8, 2002 9:57 AM
It could chop a pound off my steel rig but I just like the way my bike handles and feels so much I'm afraid a new fork will mess that up. Not worth it. Not to mention My fork is chromed and looks pretty classy.

Mind the rake on your new fork matches your old one or you might not like the handling.
re: Old steel bike, new carbon forktarwheel
Mar 8, 2002 10:07 AM
You might not save much weight unless you go with an all-carbon fork -- then you could save 1/2 to 1 lb. The carbon forks with steel or alloy steer tubes aren't that much lighter. If your old steel frame has a nice fork, you may not find any improvements in ride quality. I know a guy who replaced the stock steel fork on his Merckx steel bike with a carbon fork. The new fork was more harsh and did not handle as well as the old steel one, so he went back to his original set up.

Also, if your handlebars are fairly high with your current threaded setup, then you will save even less weight -- unless you are comfortable riding with low bars. Threaded stems/forks are much more difficult to adjust your handlebar height. If you like higher bars, you'll lose some of the weight savings due to the longer steer tube, spacers, riser stem, etc.
I like mineColnagoFE
Mar 8, 2002 10:19 AM
But I did get it with my Master XL when I bought it. It's the "Flash" fork and has an AL steerer. Seems plenty stiff. Still you might be better off getting a new frame rather than invest much more $ in a 20 year old frame IMHO...
Friend just did it. Says it's good, but...cory
Mar 9, 2002 8:32 AM
A friend who's been mountain biking for the last 10 years or so is getting back into roadies. He spent $1000+ for a custom road frame sometime in the '80s, and rode many centuries and long credit card tours on it, but it's been hanging in the garage since about 1990. He looked at several new bikes, then decided to put a triple (he just turned 50) and carbon fork on the old frame.
He loves the triple (I've been trying to convince him for years), but the fork didn't make as much difference as he expected. Of course he already had a pretty compliant steel fork, which reduces the benefit. On the whole, I think he'd rather have the money and the threaded headset back.