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Carbon fork blades w/alloy steerer vs. full carbon fork...(7 posts)

Carbon fork blades w/alloy steerer vs. full carbon fork...jtferraro
Aug 12, 2002 12:30 PM
How much smoother are full carbon forks(blades & steerers) than forks w/carbon blades and aluminum steerers? I'd imagine if your frame choice is aluminum you *might* be better off w/a full carbon fork? Experiences?

I know, I off comparing them first hand - I hope to. For now, I thought I'd ask the experts...


some more steerer questions...daneil
Aug 12, 2002 12:45 PM
sory to piggyback on your post jt but I had this one up in components for a while and only got one response, I was looking for a few more and since it has to do with carbon vs alloy steerers I thought i'd post it here.


My new bike choices are down to the Iron Horse Victory and Fuji Marseilles. One of the make or break features is the fork. The Victory has a carbon blade/alloy 1 1/8" steerer and the Fuji has a full carbon fork with a 1" steerer. I'm wondering about the 1" vs 1 1/8" headtubes and the carbon steerer vs the alloy steerer. Is the carbon steerer strong enough to handle a 168 lb hard rider? Also is the 1 1/8" standard really taking over the industry? If I get the bike with the 1" headtube will I be able to replace/upgrade later on (in 2 years or so)? Thanks for all the help guys. Can's wait to buy this thing and get some pics up.
some more steerer questions...filtersweep
Aug 12, 2002 1:05 PM
I think 1" will always be available, if for no other reason than being able to shave an extra few grams off the steerer. In fact, I think the carbon steerer is as much about weight as anything else as well. Somehow, it all seems to be about weight, with the obvious exception of the fork itself. I just don't see the steerer as having the ability to be the primary "absorber" of vibrations when you have the actual fork doing all the work, if you know what I mean?
1 1/8rob45
Aug 12, 2002 2:10 PM
Is the 1 1/8 fork with an integrated headset? That offers an advantage--stiffer and lighter. Some 1 inch carboon steerers have the reputation of being too flexy (e.g. Bianchi's evo a few years ago). Your two bike choices seem a bit esoteric-what price range are those in?
1 1/8daneil
Aug 13, 2002 5:29 AM
the 1 1/8 is a standard headset. although i've recently added the 2002 Fuji Team to my short list as well. That has a carbon steerer with a 1 1/8 integrated headset. I've heard that the frame on the Team can be a bit flexy, but I don't think that i've ever ridden a flexy 50 cm bike. I think that's the way i'm going to go. The fuji's are 1095 and the Iron Horse is 1175.
re: Carbon fork blades w/alloy steerer vs. full carbon fork...gtx
Aug 12, 2002 6:16 PM
I think it's purely a weight issue, and that heavier (or more paranoid riders like myself) are better off with AL steerers. I'd really be suspicious of anyone who claimed they could feel the difference between an AL and carbon steerer with the same fork (such as the Reynolds offerings). Also, carbon steerer forks limit your stem choices a bit.
Have both a carbon fork with alloy steerer, and a fullPaul
Aug 13, 2002 3:46 AM
carbon. Both are one inch, and I've noticed that the full carbon isn't as stable as the alloy steerer. Others have told me the same thing (Reynolds full carbon). A friend has a new Look 381i with the 1 1/8 full carbon, and he says it's more stable then the Reyolds Ouzo pro on his Merlin. Others on this board who have full carbon say they experience a "noodle like affect".
It's about a 150 grams difference between the forks, and don't thik it's worth it unless you get the 1 1/8 setup.