Any reason I can't run a hybrid fork on my cross bike?
I just got a frame (2007 Felt F1x that was stripped and abandoned after the fork recall and never ridden) for nearly nothing and I want to build it up. I posted in the Trade thread for some parts, but have a question about the fork.
In looking around, I've seen some hybrid forks that appear to have what I'm looking for. Only problem I see is the ugly unicrown fork most have.
Do you think something like this would hold up to the abuse? I haven't raced yet, but I plan to. And I ride a lot of fire roads and some singletrack with my other cross bike so this one will be abused.
My other (and admittedly probably better) option is to get a Surly Cross Check fork but cash is tight right now as I'm still in college so I would like to keep it under $50.
I went with a Cross Check fork because I got a great deal, I think it looks nicer (lugged crown vs. unicrown), and is probably sturdier.
Now I just hope the steel fork won't look terrible on an alum. frame....
I have a Surly 1x1 on my MTB/Crosser, and it works great. I also have a Fuji hybrid fork just sitting in my garage for cheap if you're interested. PM me if you want, otherwise, the Surly is a darn good fork.
looks similar; should be fine; you are young (assuming) so you must race a heavy bike and still beat the crap out of old guys; the extra weight won't make that much difference in race results; shaving weight off your bike will put the hurt on your wallet in a hurry; the engine is far more important