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Should I go to a carbon fork?(5 posts)

Should I go to a carbon fork?bacoes
Nov 18, 2003 7:02 PM
I'm shopping for a fork for my fast fixie and it looks like a carbon fork easier to find than a steel fork. I commute on this bike and generally will go over rough stuff and off curbs as opposed to around them. I try to unweight, but there is still some thudding going on. Are carbon forks up to this kind of use? I'm looking at something under $100 which pretty much limits me to house brands, i.e. nashbar, performance, or maybe that easton ec70 that sierra has. Something 1 1/8th.
Carbon will holdspookyload
Nov 18, 2003 9:41 PM
Check out www.chucksbikes.com for some great deals on carbon forks. I think I saw a Reynolds ouzo comp for $110 yesterday.
re: Maybe yes, maybe nohudsonite
Nov 19, 2003 6:55 AM
It sounds like this is your fun bike, to use and abuse. There are carbon forks that will be strong enough for your intended use, but, they tend to cost more than $100.

There have been reports going around of cheap carbon forks on the market that are not as strong or reliable as the better ones. The industry concern is that these cheap product could easily fail and cause an image problem for composites.

With that said, you should probably look for either a steel fork 'to be sure' or a strong carbon fork, from a known manufacturer that is on sale. Carbon is as strong or stronger than steel when done right. It just that it is hard to do it right and cheap!

I would suggest that you stick to a US branded carbon fork. US companies bend over backwards to limit liability on products. The lawyers are the best QA out there to guarantee your safety.
www.chucksbikes.comzero85ZEN
Nov 19, 2003 10:14 PM
Advanced Composite FK-61 Carbon fork $85 plus shipping.
A note about....zero85ZEN
Nov 19, 2003 10:23 PM
Advanced Composites. They used to make frames for Look. And forks for some name brand companies. A lot of the "no name" or "house brand" carbon parts are made by the same companies that make stuff for many major name brands. They use the same manufacturing process to make "no name" parts, that simply (cosmetically) look different, than the name brand stuff they produce.

Of course there certainly is some really shoddy crappy stuff out there...so it wise to be careful.