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What's the consensus on OCLV vs. Reynolds forks for example?(7 posts)

What's the consensus on OCLV vs. Reynolds forks for example?Swat Dawg
Apr 10, 2003 9:43 PM
With the surge in OCLV conversations, I have begun to wonder where people rate the OCLV forks compared to Reynolds and other top end stuff. I'm going to put together a new 5200 tomorrow morning and am wondering if I should look at getting a new fork or is it quality? Moreso, I'm just curious as there are lot of people on here with the opinion that a carbon fork really makes a difference because it is a cantilever, and we always discuss this frame versus that frame, but we never consider the fact that each frame has a different fork which makes a big difference in ride quality. So what do you think? Fork thoughts don't have to be limited to OCLV, all opinions are welcome.

Swat Dawg '04
re: What's the consensus on OCLV vs. Reynolds forks for example?Juanmoretime
Apr 11, 2003 1:26 AM
I'm not going to be alot of help here but I've never ridden a Carbon fork I didn't like. I've owned Kestrel, Look, Columbus, Reynolds and the fork thatcame on a GT, liked them all. My main current 2 bikes, one has Reynolds, the Vortex, the other has a Look HSC 2. They are two very different bikes and have different riding characteristics plus I've never swapped forks between the two, I don't prefer either fork. I do overall prefer the Vortex. I also feel that the Reynolds looks better.
Some say it best to view the fork and frame as an assembly.Maartin
Apr 11, 2003 6:09 AM
My Italian racer friend has told me that in Northern Italy (a hotbed of frame manufactuering)the consensus is that the frame and fork are an integrated assembly and should be replaced as a unit. Upgrading of only the fork is rarely done. Maybe that is because they can get the latest frame and fork at a great price but that is what I have been told.
American viewFez
Apr 11, 2003 8:20 AM
Lots of American framebuilders don't design forks. They just select a readily avail carbon fork and match it to the frame. Hardly an integrated assembly.
Consensus? Here? You've got to kidding...TJeanloz
Apr 11, 2003 7:22 AM
If there's anything approaching consensus, it is probably that the OCLV fork is a really nice fork. The Reynolds Ouzo Pro is probably nicer. The historical turn-off to the OCLV fork has been that it has an aluminum steerer tube, which makes it a little bit heavier than most top-shelf forks. And why put a heavy fork on one of the lightest production frames? Of course, the alu steerer is a turn-on for people who have an irrational (or rational) fear of carbon fiber.

If you think about it in terms of: if Trek sold the frame without the fork, would I buy the OCLV fork or the Reynolds? Almost everybody would buy the Reynolds. But this isn't the case -- you buy the frame, you get the OCLV fork, and it probably isn't worth replacing.

Net net, I wouldn't replace the OCLV right away unless you know you have a commitment to building the lightest bike possible, or you want to spend the extra money.
After a few years, how do you "upgrade" your OCLV fork?Fez
Apr 11, 2003 8:02 AM
Since Trek changes their paintjobs every year and the framesets are all painted to match, how do you upgrade the fork on a few year old OCLV?

Trek may have a NOS replacement to match the old frame, but if you want an upgrade to a lighter all-carbon fork, the current Trek fork won't match, unless you want to custom paint it.

I guess you could always stick an Alpha Q or Reynolds on there, but it wouldn't look as slick.
For me its a combo of aesthetics and performanceFez
Apr 11, 2003 7:55 AM
Reynolds Ouzo Pro is one heck of a fork. Great ride, light weight. It also looks pretty and is a good looking fork for many frames - both standard tubed and oversized. Fork blades are not too bulky, not too thin. Custom frame builders (Serotta, IF, LS, Seven, Landshark, etc.) often use Ouzo and some offer to paint it to match as well.

The Look HSC4 looks cool, but is so oversize in the blades that it probably wouldn't look good on standard tubed frames. It also has big decals under the clearcoat.

I think the Alpha Q Sub3 is another choice if you want something lighter than the Ouzo Pro.

The Trek forks match the lines of the OCLV frame and they are painted to match. I would think a black Ouzo would look a little out of place on an OCLV. Plus, the Ouzo may not match the rake of the particular Trek fork you are trying to replace.