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Old 02-12-09, 12:50 PM   #1
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Slice Carbon forks - a question...

Hi, Is it necessary to replace the slice carbon forks if the bike has been involved in a minor accident. Particularly if there is no apparent damage?
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Old 02-12-09, 02:40 PM   #2
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You might want to define "minor accident". If it took a hit into the front end, for the cost of the fork versus the cost of a face plant it might be worth it . Dentists make more than most LBS's do for the parts

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I did.
Maybe you place less value on bodily integrity.
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For what it's worth, I can tell you that you can find good quality replacements on ebay and online stores right now. On ebay, you can find a bunch of Reynolds Ouzo for integrated headsets, and the specs are identical or nearly identical to the Slice fork I have, so I'm assuming it's the same for most if not all Slice forks. You'll see new ones going from $120-150 auction and BIN. Also, if you look at Icyclesusa.com, they have a very nice Dedacciai fork, again with the same specs, for $100. I've looked at them both and decided on the Reynolds, strictly on the basis of what I happen to like for looks, but I believe both are excellent forks. My Reynolds weighs 370 w/o the expander plug. The Deda weighed the same, but with the plug, so it's probably an ounce lighter. Both had carbon steerers and alloy drop outs.

If you're looking higher-end (lighter, 300-350 grams), carbon dropouts, you can find something for around $200. The only reason I'm saying all this is that if you look for a replacement Slice fork, you might be shocked at the price. But there are good alternatives.
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+1 on what did "minor accident" mean? A frontal collision could have totaled the fork even if there is no visible damage since carbon doesn't deform like steel or Al. There are ultrasonic and other methods available to test its integrity but they will cost more than a new fork.
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"minor accident" means swiped (slowly) from side, fell over.
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I don't value bodily integrity (geez).
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"minor accident" means swiped (slowly) from side, fell over.
If the fork is unmarked from the accident you describe, it should be ok. It sounds like nothing hit it directly.
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