Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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I have a Kestral EMS Pro carbon fork (Cr-Mo steerer, carbon everything else, about 490 grams) purchased in 2001 on one bike and Easton EC90-SLX forks (all-carbon, about 295 grams) on twoother bikes dating from 2006. Frankly, I can't tell any difference in comfort due to the two types of forks, or even compared to an all steel fork on another bike.
I think this business of carbon forks being inherently more "comfortable" than other types is more marketing hype than reality. Comfort comes from larger tires at lower pressure, not fork material.
BTW, I'm 69 so I have the same age perspective you have.