hi everyone! I've been riding a khs urban xpress for the past two years or so, and while it's a workhorse, I'm hoping to get a lighter frame. The xpress is surprisingly heavy, and I hate to admit the most physically exhausting part of my rides tends to be carrying it up three flights of stairs to my apartment at the end.
Most of my riding is pavement, the roads are okay, I do some light trail riding, but gravel is the most off pavement I do. I'm thinking of getting an aluminum road bike frame, keeping the rest of the components, including the fork, do you guys this the crmo fork + aluminum could handle the roads, or gravel? or should I find a carbon fork to offset the rigidness of the frame? thanks!
what do you mean by "not going to like" I'm down with a ride that isn't as easy as it would be with a carbon road fork, I'm less down with a cracked frame
The longer fork will throw the geometry of the bike off. Your front end would be jacked up, your BB would be taller, and your headtube and seattube angles would be slacker. Mountain bikes can get away with some variance, road bikes much less so
Another advantage to a new fork is that you can match the braking system with the frame.