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Any ride differences noticable for Ouzo Comp vs Pro(5 posts)

Any ride differences noticable for Ouzo Comp vs Prohycobob
Aug 28, 2002 8:03 AM
I'm looking to order a new Ti bike on Friday and am torn financially where upgrades are concerned. Is there a noticable ride quality change in upgrading from the Reynolds Ouzo Pro (+$150) from the Comp (+$45); besides the weight issue of adding 4.9oz? The bike comes with a Kinesis Wedge with aluminum steerer standard. It will weigh in between 17 and 17.5 with the standard fork. Or still, I can get the Kinesis Wedge with carbon steerer (+$50), unsure of weight difference. Help me out somebody. I just recently put a used Litespeed EMS fork on my old C'Dale, so I can tell the difference between carbon and chromoly. Now how about the subtle differences in carbon forks...
re: Any ride differences noticable for Ouzo Comp vs Prosn69
Aug 28, 2002 8:11 AM
are you aware of the physical differences between the two, the stack limitations of the Pro, and the compression plug that the Pro requires? all minor in the grand scheme of things, but worth knowing. I've got the comp. laterally stiffer than the Profile BRCs I had on my last two bikes.
Nope...alansutton
Aug 28, 2002 8:36 AM
No difference to me.
UpgradesFez
Aug 28, 2002 9:50 AM
i would choose either ouzo over the kinesis choices. i think a nice stiff fork is a good complement to a ti frame, but that's my subjective opinion.

regarding upgrades, your budget and your priorities will dictate whether you will choose the better stuff now. but just remember getting the stuff after the initial purchase will be the more expensive route. and you will have extra parts lying around as a result. if it were me, i would get nicer stuff at purchase. i don't like having a brand new bike and already thinking what i'm going to upgrade.

regarding pro vs. comp, i think the biggest factor is the all carbon steerer and that you should keep the stack height within recommendations. if you want it a little taller, it may be safer (though heavier) to go with the comp.
re: Any ride differences noticable for Ouzo Comp vs Probigdave
Aug 28, 2002 1:25 PM
I haven't ridden either, but researched the heck out of them.

The one thing to keep in mind is that not only does the Comp have an alloy steerer, it also has an alloy crown. So the only Carbon in it is between the crown and the dropouts... just the legs.

Because of that, and because I got a screaming deal on it, I went with a Kestrel EMS pro. The legs and crown are all carbon, with a steel steerer (in 1" size). I did it for the ride quality, and I thought going with all carbon with the exception of the steerer was a better way to go than with an alloy crown.

I'm happy with my choice.

--Dave