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full carbon fiber fork saftey(3 posts)

full carbon fiber fork safteyhicadence
Nov 21, 2002 12:29 AM
i'm looking for a little advice on the over all safey of full carbon forks. i'm considering getting a new frame/fork and the manufacture (well respected italian co) currently sells it with a full carbon fork. i know the material has come a long way, but i'm none-the-less a little leary about screaming down a mountain road with a full carbon front end. i realize there are a lot of things to consider, but i'm interested in some input on the over all saftey and if it's a valid concern or just a matter of trusting technology.
would they sell'em???C-40
Nov 21, 2002 4:46 PM
if they weren't safe to use? Manufacturing companies are subject to huge liability suits if their products prove to be unsafe.

Giant has had a recall on some of their forks. I would not hesitate to use any of the top brands. A cheap off-brand fork would not get my $$$.

I've ridden nothing but all carbon forks for the last four seasons. No problems.
How much do you weigh?Kerry
Nov 21, 2002 5:15 PM
There were problems with some of the early units, particularly those pushing the weight limits. There were also issues with stem/steerer interface, resulting in scored steerers. Those problems seem to be resolved now, but if you are quite heavy and wanting to push the weight envelope on the fork, then you should be concerned. Otherwise, no problems.