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I have a alu fork. Is this bad??(8 posts)

I have a alu fork. Is this bad??SGrouts
Jul 15, 2002 12:40 PM
I ride a custom steel frame (Columbus Genious) with aluminum fork (7005 or 6061 i am not sure). I weight about 193 lbs and my rides include many km on bad roads.
My weekly program incudes 250-350 km.

Is there any problem with alu forks?? ( i dont see any)
If i had a steel or carbon fork would i felt it harder or softer on the road?? (bad road)
re: I have a alu fork. Is this bad??No_sprint
Jul 15, 2002 12:52 PM
Well, if you're 193, riding up to 350 miles a week on bad roads on your aluminum fork, I think you should be the one to tell us if you're having a problem with your fork.

If you changed to a carbon fork you'll likely have a virtually undetectable ride difference. If you want to soften your ride, take some air out of your tires or get different tires.
Thanks but 350 km not miles (350km=220miles)SGrouts
Jul 15, 2002 12:58 PM
Another thing... you mean that it may break?????SGrouts
Jul 15, 2002 1:01 PM
You got me worried!!!
re: I have a alu fork. Is this bad??zray61
Jul 15, 2002 2:18 PM
There really is no good or bad. It is more of a question of what do you want? After reading this board for awhile I probably would have gone with a steel or carbon fork. But that's me. I'm curious why you went with aluminum?

Also, I remember when you got the frame. How did you build it up? Any pictures?
For now it is built with...SGrouts
Jul 16, 2002 12:30 AM
Shimano XT!!!!
I know its strange but i live in a very hilly Greek island (over 10% its my daily climb for many miles).
When i move to Athens i will upgrade to Centaur 10s and i will post a pic.

Be well.
Alu is the 3rd choice for forksKerry
Jul 15, 2002 4:54 PM
Al has been used for forks for many years in an attempt to save weight, but it never made much of a dent in steel. Then came CF, and has virtually replaced steel in high end forks. Al is not a good fork material, and time has proven this. It's not terrible, it's just not that competitive with CF (weight for stiffness) or steel (stiffness and responsiveness).
Titanium forks?LC
Jul 15, 2002 8:05 PM
I know that it is hard to believe unless you have tried it yourself, but when I switched my old bike fork from aluminum to carbon it made the bike harsher. Aluminum is actually a pretty soft metal, and when used as a fork they can't really make it hard and brittle like in a Canondale frame. I changed mine just because it made me worried looking at the fork flex over each bump and even hard pedal stroke, and knowing that aluminum can only take so many cycles before it will fail. The fork may have been good for many more years of riding, but I did not want to find out for myself exactly how long that would be. Still, I do miss the way that aluminum fork would float over small imperfections in the road in a way that carbon fiber or even my steel forks can not match. It would actually make the expansion seams on this one road I ride completly disappear. On the plus side, the bike does handle corners better with a carbon fork since it does not flex as much. I wonder if they make a titanium fork that could come close to the comfort of that aluminum fork?