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Old 12-05-05, 02:32 AM   #1
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Ti Forks

I am looking for imfo and impressions of Ti forks. I had wondered why nobody uses them on new bikes, everyone uses CF. What are the road riding characteristics as compared to a CF fork.

I can get a new Ti road fork for $255 shipped, but I want to know whether it would be worth it or not.
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Old 12-05-05, 08:39 AM   #2
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If you make the titanium thick enough so that the fork is sufficiently stiff, it is heavier than competing materials.

Titanium is triangulated and supported in a frame but not in a fork.

There are horses for courses and materials for purposes.
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I'm no metallurgist, but it seems to me that one hardly sees bikes equipped with titanium forks these days. Back in the mid 90's when Ti was just gaining in popularity I do recall many of the Ti forks were quite flexy. I personally would stick with a carbon fork - or steel if you need something extremely stout. My cross bike has a steel fork and rides great - the only bad thing is that it's as heavy as a boat anchor...
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Ti is not a "flexy" material. You have to look at the tubing diameter used. Aluminum is far less stiff than Ti, but people continuously claim that it is too rigid.
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Calfee Designs has a Ti fork. A friend of mine has one on a carbon frame and it makes the ride much smoother.
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While I have a carbon fork on my cross bike, I have a Spicer rigid ti fork on my single speed mountain bike and absolutely love it. With disc brakes it pulses a bit during hard braking, but so does the Airborne carbon fork on my CX when I use salmon pads. I mainly went with the carbon fork on my cross bike because I was able to get one for 1/3 the cost new off of ebay and figured that the carbon might absorb more road vibration when using it for road training.

I've seen a few people with Sibex ti forks on their cross bikes at local races and would definitely consider one for a dedicated cross race bike.
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