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Originally Posted by dirtyphotons
this would really be a better question for the touring or commuting forums.
the eyelets for a standard front rack are located in the middle of the fork blade. there are very few carbon forks out there that contain these eyelets, presumably because they involve a substantial altering of the carbon weave in a place where you need strength.
I think you mean the "braze-ons"
Eyelets are like the Ritchey Carbon Comp Cross, down by the fork ends, and are good for mounting fenders or racks. Not all racks need the braze-ons, too, but lowriders do, though I've seen people make do with p-clamps.
I do think there is a carbon fork with braze-ons, though.
For many front racks you don't need eyelets OR braze-ons, though, some just mounting through the caliper hole and posting on the fork legs themselves, others even utilizing the canti posts.
fakemoonlanding, though the Ritchey pictured has canti posts, it also has a caliper mount if you want to use your 105 brakes. It'll look a bit funny, but it will work.
When considering the difference between a cross and road fork you're mostly looking at length and overal beefiness. the Ritchey is 395 mm long, which is long for a road fork. Do you have a road or a cx fork already? What is the length? You sure don't want to mess up well-fitting geometry!