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fork question(5 posts)

fork questionblownpupil
Dec 18, 2002 8:41 AM
Okay, I am sure this has been asked/answered, but I'd like current opinions.

I'm currently in the market for a lightweight steel road frame. I haven't ruled out ti . I want a light/fast bike for club rides, I want comfort/control but I don't need/want a "Cadillac" ride....I don't mind road feel, but I hate excessive vibrations.

How much will a carbon fork affect my ride as opposed to a steel fork which may come stock with the frame?
Aside from a little weight lossEager Beagle
Dec 18, 2002 8:56 AM
About as much as going up a tire size/down 10lbs on pressure.
Good answer!OldEdScott
Dec 18, 2002 10:12 AM
Terrific way to describe it.

Personally, I think if you love steel, you'd rather go all steel. I tried a carbon fork and thought it was OK. Eventually, though, I put the steel fork back on, and have to say I prefer it that way.
Good answer!Sintesi
Dec 18, 2002 1:08 PM
In what ways do you prefer it steel to carbon. Occasionally I toy with the idea of trading out my tres cool chrome fork for a hot shot carbon job (about the only upgrade left). maybe you can finally talk me out of this sacrilege.
Aside from the obvious ...OldEdScott
Dec 19, 2002 5:36 AM
which is, as you say, that steel (especially chrome!) is just cooler than all get out ...

The steel fork just feels livelier to me, in a good way -- a way that I think makes you a better & more attentive rider. Just as fixies are addictive because you feel completely connected to and in touch with your bike, so do steel forks keep you connected and in touch with what's going on with the road. Being steel, though, it doesn't jar or buzz you while transmitting that information. A great combination.

I know it's trite and stereotypical to speak of carbon as 'dead'-feeling, but there's usually truth in stereotypes. I won't use the D word. But with the carbon fork I DID feel insulated from the road. Now that can be a good thing, and it's definitely comfortable. Some people like it. But in cars I eschew power steering and power brakes because I want to feel what's going on, and it's sort of the same with bikes.

I guess you save a little weight with carbon, but most 'steel people' aren't after every ounce of weight-savings anyway.

Both are good. It's just personal preference. But, man -- if I had me one of them fine-looking chrome forks, I wouldn't even THINK about replacing it with an ugly old hunk of carbon!