I recently purchased a cyclocross frame (sans fork) on a whim with the hopes of doing some muddy riding in the future. Well, the whole bike building thing has become a bit more complex than what I first thought it would be (naturally). My frame is made for a 1" threaded fork/ headset. I have never used a threaded setup before so I am at a loss of how to make this thing work.
First, I can only find two 1" threaded forks with canti bosses, one being the WoundUp carbon job that costs way too much and another made by Tange that weighs far too much. Does anyone else know of a fork between these two extremes?
Also, the sizing issue. My frame has a very long head tube, it is a 58cm frame, so what length fork do I need? Does the threaded portion need to sit at a certain height that changes based on the length of the head tube? How adjustable can the setup be made? I am worried that I will have to buy a bunch of different quills just to get the right height for the handlebars through trial and error. I guess that I could do the threaded/threadless conversion to use a regular stem, but since there is only a small bit on the converter that can be used to mount the stem, I think that it is prone to sizing issues as well.
Overall, the whole idea behind the threaded headset seems very backward when compared to the very simple (and ultimately idiot proof, thus good for me) threadless fork setup. Can anyone give me some advice?