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Fork Options(4 posts)

Fork Optionsdicklynn0585
Jan 22, 2004 5:59 PM
I'm in the process of selecting components for a new CF frame. I'm considering an Alpha-Q fork. But I noticed there are many options that I never thought of before. For example: different rake angles and if the fork blades are curved or straight. I like to bike long distances and my primary concern is comfort. Could someone please explain these different fork options on my riding style?
re: Fork Optionscyclopathic
Jan 22, 2004 6:23 PM
curved blades supposed to be more comfortable, not sure if it is true. With respect to rake you want ~45 for 73deg HTA and 40 for 74 to keep trail close to neutral.

CP

PS here's an article on trail from Tom Kellogg, take a look http://spectrum-cycles.com/612.htm
re: Fork OptionsChen2
Jan 23, 2004 6:51 AM
Rake isn't an angle it's an offset from the steering axis. Here's a link for you:

http://www.kreuzotter.de/english/elenk.htm
Fork heightmahoneyjoe
Jan 24, 2004 7:47 PM
This is something I read about here (C40?)--different forks have different height (i think the distance from the crown to the dropouts); if you do a search on this board it should turn up in the last couple of months; i bought a Look bike then put on a Reynolds fork; never thought about it but put a level on the top tube and sure enough, it slopes a little from front to rear.