Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - fork suggestions
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10-25-05, 02:36 PM
I'm in the process of building a cyclocross bike from scratch. The frame is made of steel tubing and I had plans on using a steel fork, but the builder continues to reccomend a carbon fiber; Alpha Q or Reynolds. As you probably know, that mikes the price jump quickly. Plus I'm thinking that it's possible that a CF fork could fold up with a hard impact.
What is everyone using for a fork? Steel? Carbon fiber?
10-25-05, 02:54 PM
My Raleigh Team CX has a carbon fork. It really does improve the ride tremendously. If you slam into something you certainly CAN break the fork, but that occurs at loads way above what a steel fork would require to bend back and dent your downtube.
I don't think that you ought to worry about weight on the fork and the nashbar fork is on sale right now.
10-25-05, 04:18 PM
I use Sintema Full Carbon forks, am now in my 3rd season of racing them, and I bought my cross bikes after they had been used for a few seasons by one of the top riders in the UK
i have CF forks on my felts, and everything is cool so far. no problems, love the ride, and it takes abuse (i race them).
10-26-05, 12:18 PM
I like my Kinesis crosslight fork. Light and solid. No complaints.
10-26-05, 12:38 PM
I've got two AlphaQ CX. Great fork. Wanna go cheaper? Skip the cheaper CF alternatives and go for a Kinesis crosslight fork. Much better off there. Probably the second best alternative to the AlphaQ. Might in fact be stiffer.
11-07-05, 12:08 PM
I third the Kinesis. Durable and light. I have no experience with carbon but this works fine. See bike and fork (http://waxypoetic.blogspot.com/2005/11/cannondale-cyclocross-xr80_113106967795535941.html).
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