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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 09-29-08, 05:37 PM   #1
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Cyclocross Fork for a Clyde?

I need a strong fork for my 62cm surly cross check build. My main concern is a fork to strong enough for me (215+).

I am not looking to run disc brakes but I am going to be doing some double duty on this bike (commuting/city riding) so anything with eyelets is a bonus for mounting some fenders when the rain starts.

Any suggestions are appreciated!
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Old 09-29-08, 06:31 PM   #2
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What's wrong with the stock fork? It'll clear a 1.9" tire or a 45mm with fenders, and mine has been ridden down some mountain bike trails that no sane person would ride a Cyclocross bike down.
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Old 09-29-08, 06:34 PM   #3
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Any chro-moly cyclocross fork should be more than strong enough. Tange, Dimension, and Surly all have options available. Check Universal Cycles for some of the options.
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Surly forks are quite heavy. How about a Winwood Muddy Cross?
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I really like the Project Two on my Jake. It's definitely got some flex to it, so if you're running cantilever brakes, you'll want to make sure they're set up properly.

I've considered buying a Kona Unit 2-9 based solely on my positive experience with this fork.

And yeah, there are eyelets for fenders.
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I ride a 62cm Cross Check with the stock fork, and at 250 pounds I'm not exactly "easy" on my equipment. There's nothing wrong with the stock Surly fork. I run the stock cantis with a canti-mounted front rack and SKS full fenders. I've swapped the stock wheel for one with a SON28 hub, and that hasn't posed any issues, either.

Sure, the steel fork isn't as light as a $270 Winwood. I'm not going to cry about getting some chips and dings in my $75 steel fork. A fork that costs 3/4 what my frame does, I'd be a bit more concerned about.
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Oh yeah, if we're talking lightness, skip the Project 2. Mine comes in at 2.9 lbs.
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Oh yeah, if we're talking lightness, skip the Project 2. Mine comes in at 2.9 lbs.
I weigh an eighth of a ton. I'm not gonna sweat it if there's an extra pound and a half on my bike.
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I'd be quite happy with this and I weigh more than you. Not disc brake compatible.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Ki...rk/5360026870/
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After some consideration I'm going to be fair and give the Surly a try. If it doesn't work out, I'll be back!
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I think you're going to be pleasantly surprised with the Surly fork. I'll have 3200 miles on mine at the end of today, and I've put it through some serious beatings without ever having a concern for its strength.
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I've been very happy with the Surly Instigator fork I installed on my MTB. Like it much better than the Kona Project 2 fork it replaced; the Kona is well-built but but heavy and their description of the sizing was a bit misleading. My bike handles much better now that it has a fork of the appropriate length installed...
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