General Cycling Discussion - Should I change my fork?
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02-14-11, 05:34 PM
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I ride on the road only with this bike. Is it worth spending 100 to 150 bucks to get a steel fork put on it in order to ditch the suspension fork? What will it do for me, will it really make the bike any faster? The suspension fork I have on it know has lockout which I use all the time.
02-14-11, 06:33 PM
the work you put into the pedals makes it faster.
Nicest fork for suspension correction comes from Tout Terrain
sold in the US thru Peter White cycles,
It Has Braze-ons for mounting pannier racks,
and some wire guides up the right blade to install a Hub dynamo ,
and tidy up the wiring.
like Shimano's Alfine, or the excellent Schmidt hub.
both are offering a disc mount ,
Then it begins to become transportation, with practical load carrying,
at least on the front..
[though there are pannier racks that work with suspension forks].
02-14-11, 08:37 PM
If you don't want suspension, then yeah, I'd say that would be a decent inventment. I'm not sure if I agree with the previous post though...it seems a bit overkill unless you're doing some really hardcore commuting.
Surly Instigator fork, last I knew, was <$85 with free shipping.
If you are only commuting, you don't really need a suspension fork. Since you are locking it out now anyways, why not go with a steel aftermarket fork. Lots of Cro-mo aftermarket fork for less then $100. Just go down to your LBS and have a look in the catalogs. Not sure about making you faster, but it would be lighter and less complicated.
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