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Old 10-23-07, 01:11 PM   #1
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Ho! What's the vote on carbon forks?

THIS IS NOT A POLL> However, now that I have a carbon fork purchased in my newbie phase I'm wondering if it was a mistake made by the utterly human, partially educated, quite over-enthusiastic -- me... Who wants part of their bike to fail? Okay, easy answer to that question. Nobody. I ride 10 miles a day on roads that are pocked in places. Sometimes I've got a lightly filled pack in the back. No wild stunts for me. I need to get from here to there and prefer to do it on my new fast bike and zippily but do not race and almost certainly never will. But should I worry? I'm having steel envy. This does not rise to the level of buyer's remorse. I just fell for that bike hard (and then fell while on it hard... whoops!) But what's the view out there in bike forum land? Is this a faddish wave I caught?
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You're worried about nothing. My CX bike, which sees double duty as an urban commuter, has served my clyde self with the carbon fork intact for for 20 months and several thousand very abusive miles. Knock off the drama and hit the road.
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People think that carbon is much more fragile then it really is. Look they race the stuff across the cobbled roads in Europe. Then make carbon mountian bikes, they make carbon cyclocross bikes. STOP being worried about it and ride.

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Old 10-23-07, 02:30 PM   #4
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Unless you are talking about a very lightweight fork with a CF steerer aswell- then there is not a problem. Most proprietary CF forks are over built for strength so unless you hit it real hard, you will not have a problem.
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Just be careful not to crash it or damage in a way that will compromise the carbon.
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I have a carbon fork too. It's sitting in a pile of bicycle stuff, right now, and has been since it was removed from my bicycle about 3 years ago.

The steel fork is on my bicycle, and has been for about 3 years.
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I have seen no difference between my carbon and steel forks. Just ride the darn thing.
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People think that carbon is much more fragile then it really is. Look they race the stuff across the cobbled roads in Europe. Then make carbon mountian bike, they make carbon cyclocross bikes. STOP being worried about it and ride.
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Unless you are talking about a very lightweight fork with a CF steerer aswell- then there is not a problem. Most proprietary CF forks are over built for strength so unless you hit it real hard, you will not have a problem.
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+ 1 but maybe for a different reason. I have a Carbon fork and steerer (Easton EC90) and I've been hit 3 times by a car and ridden all over these streets of NYC and there is not a single issue with the fork or steerer.
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please lets hear your logic on this then. How is it wrong?
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I rather thought there might be debate on this. Frankly, I'm going to just ride, as I did tonight (OH it was gorgeous out!) and no more crashes for chastened me. Good heavens. Curb jumping on a nice new bike with narrow wheels! No problemo with the mountain but I did underestimate the transition.
I'll keep an eye on your comments, when I'm not in the saddle. And thanks for a good laugh, CastIron. Somehow I loved the advice to knock off the drama. I don't think of myself that way, but as a friend describes this particular condition of overthinking specific things... The Gerbil Cage!

cheerio...
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carbon forks are fine. just check it for cracks now and then and ride the hell out of it.

I have a carbon fork with 10,000 miles on it and it is fine. let me tell
you about how many potholes, cobblestones, rocks, and cracks it has seen.

thing is still mint

as with anything, if the fork was built incorrectly, or cured incorectly, or junk
to begin with, then yes it might break. or if you got the lightest ultra-thin single-use
fork, you may want to inspect it every damn ride.

10 years ago, I would worry about carbon. today, nearly all CF bike parts are dead solid
and ultra reliable. even the low-end factories know how to make them properly nowadays.

mfg co's have their stuff together
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please lets hear your logic on this then. How is it wrong?
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I have two bikes- One a Giant SCR with CF. Forks. They are heavier than my Project ll MTB forks and the legs might not even have a Gap down the centre. Steel steerer and as I say heavy.

Then I have a 15lbs racing frame with forks and steerer of CF. 300grammes of Nothing. No worries about strength in normal riding but if they ever take a knock- they will be X-Rayed for damage or just automatically changed.

GRP or CF is a strong material. It is also fragile. Damage any of the internal core and it will fail at any time. Could be immediately or in 6 months time. You cannot often see the damage either- unless it is external so no amount of visual checking will help. The lighter that fork is made- The less resilient it is to damage. So The OCR forks will probably take a BIG hit to damage. The L/W Boreas forks a lot less.

And just in case I don't know what I am talking about- Aswell as making them, I used to repair GRP Boats after Accidents.
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