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Old 09-05-05, 06:55 PM   #1
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Frame chosen, some help on the fork?

I had this in the touring forum as well, I wanna put it here to get some other opinions.




After reading countless threads on this Board, I have decided to buy a Soma Double Cross as my all everything bike. I want to build this bike up to be as fast as it can be, but still reliable, as I am 6' 200lbs.

I live in Florida, no dealers nearby, so I will be going the internet route. I have found that the frame only for a best price of $309 and frame with matching steel lugged fork for $420

So first, has anyone seen a better price? Second, should I go with the matching fork? $110 seems steep to me for a fork that doesnt have its weight listed (I will guess ~2lbs). I ask because I am not familiar with the comfort changes between steel and aluminum forks on steel frames, but I can easily see the weight change (about a half pound usually). So is the extra comfort worth the weight AND cost penalty? Nicer steel forks seem to cost much more than this as well. Aluminum Cross forks go for much less on ebay.

Most of you probably wonder why I care, mainly its my budget as I am a grad student, and also because I used to race heavily and still will casually in the future, and I want this bike to enable me to cash out my race bike yet still be able to ride to school everyday. Also, this will be my first steel frame and I have a dream of taking a bike to Europe (hopefully this one!) for a couple months when I graduate. I wanted to ask this in touring forum, because I figured you guys would really know the feel of your bikes. Thanks!
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The Soma steel fork looks pretty decent, but for $10 extra (120), I think I'd buy the Nashbar carbon fiber cross fork. It's $149, but I'd wait until you find a 20% coupon which would make it $120. Probably save you at least a pound:

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

If you don't want to spend that much $, there are steel alternatives. AEBike gives you access to the QBP catalog, which is what EVERY bike shop orders from for parts. You can too, at retail. Great reference. I see a Surly fork which is probably the same one as the Soma for $62, and a chrome Tange for $40. Peruse these:

http://aebike.com/site/page.cfm?Page...ory=605&type=T

Good luck with the build. I'm jealous. Post pics when it's ready to roll.
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I was considering the surly, but wow, the carbon fork and the Tange fork are great values, thanks. Anyone have any experience with them? The carbon saves over a pound actually, but like everyone else i wonder about durability. Where do you find the 20% off coupons you speak of? I usually only end up with free shipping.
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I was considering the surly, but wow, the carbon fork and the Tange fork are great values, thanks. Anyone have any experience with them? The carbon saves over a pound actually, but like everyone else i wonder about durability. Where do you find the 20% off coupons you speak of? I usually only end up with free shipping.
The carbon fork claims to be 480g, which it's defiantly not. Looks very good though.
It might soak up some more vibrations than aluminum, but no more than steel.
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The stock Soma fork is also Tange.
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I bought the Cross Check frame and fork and the fork is the best part of the package. I'd go with the steel. My 62cm frame with Campy Veloce, FSA X crank, Ritchey bar and stem, Cane Creek brakes and 36 hole wheels built up 19.5 pounds without pedals.
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Here's what the extra info link says about the Nashbar fork:

weight---------- 690g 1in, 722g 1 1/8in

I think some people said that it looks like the Winwood Muddy Fork. It's regular price is pretty close to the QBP price for the Winwood (150 vs $162), so seems plausable.

The coupons come up every once in a while; have to watch this site for coupon codes. 10% is usually always available (TKA6 thru 10/31).
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Anyone dealt with this frame, fork or company?

Planet X Bikes

The american distro will get the fork to me for 45 shipped. I highly doubt the 700gm weight, but for the price and a steel fork with flames on it, seems pretty cool to me.
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