Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - In seach of an appropriate fork
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07-09-08, 12:50 PM
I'm 6'3" and 205lbs and am looking for a new fork for my steel road bike requiring a 1" steerer. I had a threaded fork and headset, but don't mind switching to threadless, in fact, I would prefer it. Apart from ebay, I can't seem to find many options other than a relatively small selection of 1" carbon forks. I wouldn't mind going the carbon route, but worry that the fork might not hold up under my weight and the bad roads in Ohio. I love my bike but the frameset and components certainly don't warrant a $300+ fork. Are there any clydesdales here riding more moderately priced carbon forks? If so can anyone make any recommendations? I would also welcome any recommendations as to where I could pick up a good quality steel fork (apart from the Surly available through QBP) Thanks.
07-09-08, 12:54 PM
Actually, a carbon fork would be fine. That component takes a very specific stress and mine has held up fine, as have others who have them that are heavier than us. :D
07-09-08, 01:01 PM
I have 4000 miles on a carbon fork with very bad rodes.
07-09-08, 01:18 PM
Would I need to go with an aluminum steerer or is all carbon okay as well?
07-09-08, 01:22 PM
Mine has an Aluminum steer tube.
07-11-08, 09:45 AM
carbon is fine, in fact a carbon fork will really dampen more than you think. At least the one on my Allez does a nice job of it. Not as good as my mtb, but better than the old steel schwinn beater bike i have ;)
07-11-08, 06:44 PM
If you want a steel fork, there are options available. Surly and Tange both sell steel forks with 1" steerers. It wouldn't surprise me if Dimension or other companies did, too. Check at Universal Cycles, Bikeman, or any of the other big on-line parts stores.
If you decide to go with a carbon fiber fork, I'd suggested one with an aluminum steerer. I worry about clamping a stem to a carbon fiber steerer. In addition, you'll be able to use the star nut that comes with your headset, rather than having to hunt up a compression nut or whatever it is you need for a carbon fiber steerer tube...
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