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anyone getting vibration out of a carbonfork/metal steerer?(5 posts)

anyone getting vibration out of a carbonfork/metal steerer?indianabob
Jul 5, 2002 6:09 AM
I bought a new made-to-measure steel frame this spring, and am trying to figure out why I'm getting so much vibration in my hands. My fingers are going numb regardless of hand position. My setup is a cinelli solido magnum bar/stem, landshark steel, and reynolds ouzo comp fork (carbon blades, and aluminum steer tube). The LBS thought my bars were too low, so we raised the stem and still no change. Also tried double padding the cork tape. I usually don't wear gloves, but rarely did with my old bianchi steel frame/fork. Also, there's no wheel change from my previous bike.

Everyone tells me how carbon forks are so ride damping, but I think the aluminum steering tube is the culprit.

And, FYI-the frame tracks/rides beautifully, but I'm stressed about the front end vibration. any ideas?
It could be that you are so used to riding steel that you -High Gear
Jul 5, 2002 6:51 AM
notice the difference. My steel De Rosa with it's steel flat crown fork really flexes and you can see it as you ride over the rough stuff. If you are over 110 psi. on your front tire, try it at 110. Gloves are a good thing for comfort. I like gloves that don't have a lot of padding likt the cheep PI crochet ones. Tires make a difference. You'll get a more comfortable supple ride from a cotton cased tire like a Vittoria Open CX than a Conti Grand Prix.
re: anyone getting vibration out of a carbonfork/metal steerer?DrD
Jul 5, 2002 7:21 AM
Could be the fork - I believe the Ouzo comp has carbon blades and an aluminum arch/crown - when I switched from a Profile BRC (carbon blades/Al arch/steel steerer) to a Kestrel EMS pro (carbon blades + arch/steel steerer) I noticed a big difference in the damping of small amplitude vibration (as an example - it felt much smoother going over a chip-sealed road than before)
re: anyone getting vibration out of a carbonfork/metal steerer?vanessa99
Jul 7, 2002 10:41 AM
Ok, thanks. It's definately the small amplitude vibes that it's giving me. I'll try taking some pressure out of my tires and see how that goes. I'd rather not spend the cash for a new fork if I can figure out a way around it.
re: anyone getting vibration out of a carbonfork/metal steerer?indianabob
Jul 7, 2002 10:46 AM
Duh, my girlfriend was logged in. Glad to see she's been reading the board.