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    Senior Member garskoci's Avatar
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    fork suggestions

    Hello!

    I'm in the process of building a cyclocross bike from scratch. The frame is made of steel tubing and I had plans on using a steel fork, but the builder continues to reccomend a carbon fiber; Alpha Q or Reynolds. As you probably know, that mikes the price jump quickly. Plus I'm thinking that it's possible that a CF fork could fold up with a hard impact.
    What is everyone using for a fork? Steel? Carbon fiber?

    Thanks!

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    My Raleigh Team CX has a carbon fork. It really does improve the ride tremendously. If you slam into something you certainly CAN break the fork, but that occurs at loads way above what a steel fork would require to bend back and dent your downtube.

    I don't think that you ought to worry about weight on the fork and the nashbar fork is on sale right now.

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

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    I use Sintema Full Carbon forks, am now in my 3rd season of racing them, and I bought my cross bikes after they had been used for a few seasons by one of the top riders in the UK
    Prerace, I use a misplaced faith in my innate ability, with a dose of needless optimism. For recovery, I use self-delusional techniques.

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    i have CF forks on my felts, and everything is cool so far. no problems, love the ride, and it takes abuse (i race them).

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    I like my Kinesis crosslight fork. Light and solid. No complaints.

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    I've got two AlphaQ CX. Great fork. Wanna go cheaper? Skip the cheaper CF alternatives and go for a Kinesis crosslight fork. Much better off there. Probably the second best alternative to the AlphaQ. Might in fact be stiffer.
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    I third the Kinesis. Durable and light. I have no experience with carbon but this works fine. See bike and fork.
    Last edited by bluebike2; 11-08-05 at 10:32 PM.

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