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O.E.M. forks- any information??(16 posts)

O.E.M. forks- any information??trackee
Dec 10, 2002 3:22 PM
Does anybody know anything about O.E.M. forks. What's the quality like, who else do they make forks for, or any other info would be great. Thanks
re: O.E.M. forks- any information??Akirasho
Dec 10, 2002 4:09 PM
OEM can cover a lot of quality points from a lot of different makers...

OEM merely indicates original equipment included for that particular model from the manufacturer (it's not a company)... and as such can vary from model to model or even during a production run.

In general, you'd expect a higher "quality" OEM part on a higher end frame but this is not always the case (marketing managers will rob Peter to pay Paul in order to get a particular model within a price point... perhaps meaning, a higher quality frame with a lower quality fork or other such component).

Were you looking at anything in particular?

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more infotrackee
Dec 10, 2002 5:35 PM
Yea,I am looking at getting a 2.0 gt frame, and the guy I am buying it from said it comes with an OEM fork. I was under the impression that this was the manufacturer, but I could be wrong. I am just trying to figure out if I will need to be buying a new fork in the near future or not.
OEM is not a brand, it pretty much means generic. nmQubeley
Dec 10, 2002 6:02 PM
Not always. Sometimes means "Brand name, but no box". (nm)czardonic
Dec 10, 2002 6:14 PM
OEM = original equipment manufacturerlaffeaux
Dec 10, 2002 6:05 PM
Generally the fork that comes on a bike is roughly equivalent to the quality of the components - i.e. a Dura Ace bike will come with a nicer fork than a Tiagra bike. I'd not be overly concern with what fork is on the bike. Just make sure it fits.
OEM = original equipment manufacturerbugleboy
Dec 10, 2002 8:30 PM
It just means the fork that the bike was originally spec'd with. Hence Original Manufacturers Equipment(i.e. The OEM fork for 2002 Specialized S-Works is a reynolds ozou pro.)
so to sum it all up....trackee
Dec 10, 2002 9:35 PM
I will have no idea what fork comed with this frame until I see it to see if it has a name brand on it or if it is just a generic fork, right?? And how will I know how well it will hold up if I dont know what kind it is? By the way thanks for all the info so far.
so to sum it all up....Akirasho
Dec 10, 2002 10:07 PM
... if the seller is providing you with accurate information, as a couple of the other posts alluded to, you'll be receiving the fork the frame was originally 'spec'd with... it may or may not have a brand on it (many OEM forks carry the maker's specific brand such as a Trek Air Rail or Cannondale Slice) depending on how it's marketed (again, as posted above, telling your customers that a frame comes with a Ouzo Pro "enhances" it's "value").

... again, generic may not be a bad thing depending on the overall value of the package, but it's no guarentee.

... again, if it's OEM it'll probably (and I do mean probably) hold up as well as any other fork 'spec'd on any other frame of similar value... indeed, since a fork is an important and critical part of the equation from a safety POV, it'll hold up well enuff (companies don't like getting sued for 'spec'ing weak forks). What you won't be able to tell (probably) until you get it is the fork's ride characteristics.

On the other hand... if necessary, a quality replacement fork can be had for between $150 to $500 USD retail... and even less on sale or at swap meets (picked up a Reynolds Ouzo Comp for $75 USD earlier this season).

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Be the bike.
Thanks Akirasho (nm).trackee
Dec 10, 2002 10:36 PM
What a Maroon!!!Alexx
Dec 11, 2002 5:39 AM
i snicker!

In case you didn't know, OEM stands for "Original Equipment Manufacturer", meaning, roughly, "A stock replacement part identical to the original part". An OEM fork would be-EXACTLY THE SAME FORK THAT ORIGINALLY CAME WITH YOUR BIKE.

What fork originally came with your bike?
Thanks for the insult ..trackee
Dec 11, 2002 8:50 AM
but if I knew what fork came with the frame I wouldn't be posting here.If you know what forks came with the 2001 GT 2.0 or where I can get that information that would be great. Like I said in my first post, the guy I am buying the bike from said it came with an OEM fork. The price is 295$ for frame, fork and headset. I have a GT pulse track bike that I love so I am going to purchase this frame. At that price I don't care if I have to replace the fork, I am still going to buy the frame. Just looking for a little info on the fork.
GT frame from Chuck's Bikes?Nessism
Dec 11, 2002 9:52 AM
Like the link below?

As a side note, a friend bought a GT 3.0 frameset and the carbon fork that came with it seems to be of reasonably good quality. It has an aluminum crown with bonded carbon legs as one would expect for the price. Nice firm fork and a good value for the money.

Good luck.

GT frame from Chuck's Bikes?trackee
Dec 11, 2002 10:12 AM
Yea, 2.0 from Chuck's Bikes. I can't find a better deal and I know I'll like the frame. I am just concerned about the fork. Did your friend get his GT from Chuck? If so, Could you tell who made the fork? I am not expecting a real high quality fork for that price, I am just trying to decide if I should order a replacement now or not. Thanks
GT frame from Chuck's Bikes?Nessism
Dec 11, 2002 8:19 PM
I don't know what the brand is but it seems to be of good quality. Just ride it and give it a try. It will likely be on the firm side but that's no sin. Honestly, spending a ton of money on a name brand fork that may not be any better sounds like a gamble to me.

Good luck.

re: O.E.M. forks- any information??MVN
Dec 11, 2002 12:00 PM
I got a GT 3.0 frame from Chuck with a carbon fork. He told me it was made by Kinesis. As I had the same concerns you have, I asked my LBS guy and he said it was a good fork. It is as another poster described, carbon legs, aluminum crown. Mine rides fine, I've had no problems with it and I'm very happy with the frame and fork. I would do business with Chuck again.