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True Temper/AME Alpha Q Carbon steerer users....(10 posts)

True Temper/AME Alpha Q Carbon steerer users....SS_MB-7
Jul 9, 2002 10:40 AM
I'm considering the True Temper/AME Alpha Q cyclocross fork, but I am not sure whether to get the carbon or titanium steerer. So, I have a question to those with the carbon steerer.....can it be cut to length? From the picture and description on the website (shown below) , the fork comes pre-installed with the required star-nut.

Since I am relatively short (5'6"), I always need to remove some steerer tube from my forks. From the picture, it looks like the "INSERT" can be removed from the fork temporarily, the carbon steerer cut to length, and the insert re-installed. Is this correct? Is there a limit to the amount the steerer can be cut so that the "insert" does not bottom-out?

Also, what is the weight difference between the carbon and Ti steerers?

I'm only 135lbs so I'd likely go with the carbon IF it can be cut to length.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
Upon further inspection of the diagram you have provided,Cima Coppi
Jul 9, 2002 10:51 AM
It appears the carbon steerer tube can be shortened assuming the insert shown containing the star nut is removable. My guess is that the diagram shows the insert to be longer than it really is, so it should fit even if the steerer has to be cut down for a very short frame.

It's an interesting design, and I'd bet it works very well.

As far as using the all carbon fork on a CX bike, I'd first consider what abuse the bike will take for the purpose it serves. If it were me making this decision, I'd go with the Ti steerer tube, or better yet, an all Alu fork.

Good luck,

You know what happens when you assume though?SS_MB-7
Jul 9, 2002 11:09 AM

You know what happens when you assume? You make an ASS out of U and ME. ;)

It appears the carbon steerer tube can be shortened assuming the insert shown containing the star nut is removable.

You do bring up a very valid point about the carbon steerer and abuse due to cross, however, I'm only 135lbs. Also, I'm sure True Temper/AME have thoroughly tested the carbon steerer for cross applications.

Ride Hard,
Little voice in your head speaking...Nessism
Jul 9, 2002 11:01 AM
..."keep your wallet in your pocket where it belongs. Save the $400 upgrade costs and plan for the next BIG purchase. Carbon steerer forks are light but do you really need one on a cross bike that's going to have the crap beat out of it?"

Ok, I'll shut up now.


ps: Get the fork if you must. Enjoy.
Ssshhhh, your voice is competing with my wife's nagging voice...SS_MB-7
Jul 9, 2002 11:10 AM

Ya, ya, I know....jeez, you are as bad as my wife! ;)

FYI, there is no cost difference between the carbon and Ti steerers.

Before I get the fork, I need to make sure I have all of the facts.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
of course it can be cut...C-40
Jul 9, 2002 1:08 PM
How could you sell a threadless fork that couldn't be cut?

All you do is cut the steering tube to the correct length and then install the insert.

There is a slight error in the drawing though. The top of the insert should be slightly below the top of the stem, or steering tube should cut slightly longer and a 2-3mm spacer placed above the stem. The top cap should exert pressure on the stem, not the steering tube or the insert.
re: True Temper/AME Alpha Q Carbon steerer users....Skip
Jul 9, 2002 1:24 PM
I have an all carbon AME Alpha-Q road fork. Yes, it can be cut to any length you want. It just cannot be adjusted once you cut and glue the aluminum insert (with the star nut) into the carbon steerer tube. Measure twice/cut once. Nice fork.
I have one also, measure twice cut once. This is a great forkSharky
Jul 9, 2002 2:19 PM
after you cut it, then glue the insert in. The directions supplied with the fork are clear. The insert comes in a plastic bag with glue and instructions. I am also 5'6" and had to remove a lot of steerer tube. The nice thing about this fork and insert is you can put the spacers on top of the stem should you decide to lower the bars later.
Thanks everyone for the replies (nm)SS_MB-7
Jul 9, 2002 3:11 PM
re: True Temper/AME Alpha Q Carbon steerer users....gtx
Jul 9, 2002 5:45 PM
Call me paranoid, but I'd get a steel fork for cross. I think cantis put some weird stress on the steerer/crown area.

on a Wound Up cross forks failure

AINTNOSUCKA "Wound-Up On The Ground" 11/24/01 7:28pm

on AME in general

TJeanloz "Wound Up Responds" 11/27/01 2:21pm