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Should I go carbon?(3 posts)

Should I go carbon?PEDDLEFOOT
Jun 4, 2002 3:17 PM
I bought a Trek 1000 a few years ago and have made several upgrades to it.I changed the wheel set to Mavic Open Pro with Ultegra hubs and cassette.I put on a Selle Italia Genuine Gel saddle and SPD peddles also.The bike is riding nice now.I don't race but do long rides of 50+ miles.Would upgrading to a carbon fork be worth it? I would also have to upgrade the headset and stem to.
re: Should I go carbon?Juanmoretime
Jun 4, 2002 4:17 PM
It doesn't matter what you do when cycling, you will appreciate the carbonfiber fork once you put it on your bike. It will corner better and have better shock absorbancy on the bumps. That is a good feature to have on long rides, to be able to finnish less fatigued. Get it!
Jun 5, 2002 9:06 AM
My brother ventured into road biking with a Trek 1000 and it served him well for a year--got him up and riding on a proper (if heavy and hard) road bike. He has since upgraded the entire bike.

Here's my opinion: a CF fork will help the Trek--it will lighten things up a bit on a heavy bike, and it will probably offer a smoother ride. But whether it's worth it or not is another question, and partly dependent on how good a deal you can get on a decent fork. Kestrel makes some very good forks and sometimes has some on sale on their web page. The thing is, if you shop around there are really superior frame/fork combinations to be had for not much more money than some fork options. My brother bought a brand new (year or two old on the model) Klein Quantum Race frame and fork for something like 450 bucks. I've seen the lower end Look carbon frames for about the same, and various Cannondale options. All of these would give you not just a significant weight savings but a much smoother ride than you have now. GVH Bikes always has some interesting offerings at reasonable prices. Now, that will still require a headset and stem, so you'll need to track your costs.

Bottom line? If the money is really tight, and you can find a decent fork for 100-150 bucks, it might be worth it. But I wouldn't put more than 200 bucks into upgrading the fork, because you'll still have basically the same bike--nothing wrong with it, but it's only worth so much.