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Old 09-17-07, 01:43 PM   #1
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Having difficulty choosing Carbon Fork

Hi guys. I am working on piecing together my Rob Roy for CX racing. I really want to put a sweet carbon fork on it for the build and their are just too many to choose from to even know where to begin. I see some seemingly well known brands like winwood, easton, alpha q, reynolds, Richey.

I would probably feel more comfortable on the aluminum steerers rather than the carbon ones but it's not a deal killer. The Richey Cross Comp has an aluminum steerer and is light...

In case it matters, the build is a Rob Roy 58 single speed CX bike to be used in CX races in TX. I am 6'0" 185lbs, currently working down to at least 180lbs. I was 215 while body building but that doesn't work well while racing....

Your thoughts and experience would really help here!
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I just went with the Ritchey WCS, but I was debating between that and the Comp. The price was right, especially for the weight! Plus Ritchey stuff has never (*knock on wood*) let me down in the past.
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I'm riding the Easton EC 90 X, and I think it's great. But I'm 160, so take it how you will.
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Thanks, do you know what the difference is between the two, the WCS and the comp?
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4ZA Python is pimp and would work at your weight. The EC90X is a fantastic fork... but maybe not so much at your weight.
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wcs=carbon steerer
comp=alloy steerer
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Thanks, do you know what the difference is between the two, the WCS and the comp?
What he said, plus the Comp has eyelets. Although it apparently isn't drilled for a regular caliper brake. Obviously the fork wouldn't need a caliper brake on a cross bike, but it makes it hard to use the eyelets for a fender when you can't mount the fender to the brake bolt. Unless I'm missing something.

I found the retail prices on the Ritchey stuff was a lot better than the Alpha-Q and EC90x forks. $500+ for an Easton? No thanks! My frame didn't cost that much!
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