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Old 09-04-09, 10:23 AM   #1
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New cross fork needed - Rake question

I need a new fork for my tricross s-works (1 1/8" Mindset headset). Looking for all carbon, which leads me to:

Alpha Q CX20 - http://www.truetemper.com/Performance_Tubing/cx20.asp 47mm rake
Easton EC90 X - http://www.eastonbike.com/PRODUCTS/F...0_X_%2709.html 45mm rake
Ritchey WCS Carbon Cross Fork (NOT the V2) - http://www.ritcheylogic.com/dyn_prodfamily.php?k=114366 48mm rake

My current fork is 47mm rake, will going down to 45mm make that big of a difference (as far as making it 'twitchy')? I assume going up to a 48mm won't really change much. I just want to make sure I'm not completely changing the handling of the bike (yes I know a new fork will change it regardless), but specifically on the rake, will 2mm be completely different, or minor (if even noticeable at all)


I'm not looking to blow $550 on a fork, but the Ritchey can be had for about $325, but I haven't heard anything about that fork (if you have, please let me know +/-). Easton and Alpha Q's will most likely be ~$450 if you find a good deal online.

1) Rake gonna make that big of a difference (if it would be huge, the 45mm EC90 would be out as it's the biggest change)

2) Ritchey fork is gonna be about $100 cheaper, is it worth +$100 to get the Alpha Q or Easton? Weights are compatible, just not sure about the quality. all are full carbon.
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Old 09-04-09, 10:30 AM   #2
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My current fork is 47mm rake, will going down to 45mm make that big of a difference (as far as making it 'twitchy')? I assume going up to a 48mm won't really change much.
Less rake -> more trail -> more stable.
More rake -> less trail -> less stable.
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you also want to look at the fork length as that will change your head angle, which will in turn affect the trail.

Ritchey's are nice forks; they used to come stock on Redlines
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For what it's worth, I built up a new machine this summer and asked a lot of questions about frames/forks/etc and everything I heard from LBS's in Boulder/Denver is Ritchey's and Alpha's are much better than Easton's. It was a reoccurring theme when a conversation of forks came up. Pro Peloton in Boulder (experts) recommended the Ritchey.
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Thanks for all the great feedback, I'm going to go with the Ritchey WCS Carbon Cross. Price / weight ratio and recommendations on here (as well as a few local groups) seem to lean that way. The lengths are very close and 47 to 48mm rake won't change the handling much from what I'm used to (and like).

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