Anticipated riding on a cyclocross would be club rides offroad, such as dirt roads and unpaved bike paths. The rides would be at moderate speeds (but not racing).
The rides could also include winter rides on trails ... that isn't salted and would better cushion my fall better than asphault would.
Originally, I thought that the default-forks for a cyclocross bike would be steel. But the more I've been reviewing the cyclocross forum, the more I see the popularity of carbon forks. I'm looking at the Waterford X-14 cyclocross frame. Of the few carbon forks that are highly recommended in the cyclocross forum ... one of them is Waterford's "true temper alpha Q cyclocross". Apparently, it is commonplace for carbon forks to come with cantilever bosses, so that gives me an idea of how much the biking industry has embraced carbon cyclocross forks.
The two main things that I've read (but can not verify) about carbon forks on cyclocross bikes:
1. Possible increase in "chatter" noise when applying brakes, because carbon forks are not as stiff as steel?
2. The carbon forks would limit your being able to use the cyclocross bike as a touring bike ... because ... carbon forks do not come with eyelets for mounting racks or fenders?
What is your preference of forks for a Waterford X-14 cyclocross ... steel or carbon? And why do you choose your preference of forks for a cyclocross bike?