Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - Kinesis crosslight fork?
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I did a search and found a few people a few years ago saying they liked their Kinesis crosslight fork, but I wanna double-check, see if there's anyone who's been using this fork recently, how it has compared to other forks if applicable, etc.
I want to cheaply lighten up the front end of my bike and was thinking of the tange straight-blade fork but then saw the kenisis for $70 and it's supposed to be 765g. I dunno about an aluminum fork though, sounds weird. This is for my steel rob roy.
I picked a kinesis fork up for my road bike but haven't had a chance to put a lot of miles on it but I will post up my thoughts. I didn't want steel as it would be prohibitively heavy.
Are you using it for cross racing, off-road recreational riding, road/bikepath commuting?
I have one on my Cannondale RX800 and it is great for anything I have used it for as long as I have a set of cross tires on. The bigger cross tires (29-35) eat up most of the small bumps, so the rigid aluminum traits don't come through to me. If I put on road tires at high pressure I can feel it, but I have a road bike for those situations.
The price is good and they are good quality.
Racing. It's for my ss rob roy to lighten up the front end.
Racing on cross courses with 34s or 35s at 40-50 psi I bet you will never notice the rough ride. They seem to be beefy and mine have held up for several years of racing and recreational off-road riding.
11-20-08, 09:37 PM
I don't think the Kinesis is any different from the alu fork on my old Redline. No problems and rides pretty good. A bit flexy under heavy braking on the road, don't need to do that much.
I got one of these on ebay and man is it light. Pretty too. I think I'm gonna lose maybe a whole pound from my front end.
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