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Old 05-06-12, 06:27 PM   #1
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Nashbar Frame and what forks?

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I'm in the process of figuring out my CX wonder bike and hoping I could get some feedback on suggested forks, or "fork", as it is being called these days. I'm not against buying used as long as the history on it sounds good. Does anyone have any suggestions on what would be a good matchup to the Nashbar frame?

For the record, I myself I'm 245# and am looking for a bike that will be in my stable and will not be for racing. If it did replace a bike, I'd like to see it replace my mtb.

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At 245 pounds, Consider the Surly Cross Check fork. I'm 210 pounds and use one on mt Monstercross bike. Surly makes a strong fork with a supple ride quality.
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At 245 pounds, Consider the Surly Cross Check fork. I'm 210 pounds and use one on mt Monstercross bike. Surly makes a strong fork with a supple ride quality.
hahaha, read that as you saying the Cross Check fork is 245 pounds... why the hate? ;D
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I just mounted one of these Ritchey Carbon Cross forks, and MAN what a good ride. I am almost 200 lbs, but don't think your weight will be an issue. This is a nice fork for $131.
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I just mounted one of these Ritchey Carbon Cross forks, and MAN what a good ride. I am almost 200 lbs, but don't think your weight will be an issue. This is a nice fork for $131.
They are currently at $118 w/shipping too.

Nice set of forks! I'm not sure if I'm going with disc or cantilever brakes. It would be nice to have that option with what ever I got. I think I can make carbon survive with me too. I'm not against having that for forks.
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I would forego the discs in this case. Ritchey makes good stuff, and you may even want to consider mini V brakes as opposed to cantis (that's what I did). Wish I had an another frame to build up - I have everything except the frame, wheels and fork.
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If you want the option of either disc or cantis, then I'd consider the Nashbar/Winwood fork. Personally, I like disc brakes. I'm currently using a Civia Bryant fork on my Kona Jake, which works with either disc brakes or long reach calipers. I've heard that if you don't get a fork with a carbon steerer then you lose most of the benefit of carbon. My only carbon fork has a carbon steerer, so I don't know.

If you decide against disc brakes, you could do a lot worse than this:

http://sellwoodcycle.com/consign/700...ross-fork-250/

That's the fork I have on my Major Jake, and I've been very happy with it.
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I put a bontrager satellite on mine and love it. I was lucky enough to pick one up with just a few miles from a bike shop owner for a great price.
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How about the Nashbar CF cross fork? It's just the Winwood fork without the Winwood badging.
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If you want the option of either disc or cantis, then I'd consider the Nashbar/Winwood fork. Personally, I like disc brakes. I'm currently using a Civia Bryant fork on my Kona Jake, which works with either disc brakes or long reach calipers. I've heard that if you don't get a fork with a carbon steerer then you lose most of the benefit of carbon. My only carbon fork has a carbon steerer, so I don't know.

If you decide against disc brakes, you could do a lot worse than this:

http://sellwoodcycle.com/consign/700...ross-fork-250/

That's the fork I have on my Major Jake, and I've been very happy with it.
I can personally attest that this is not the case. When moving from even a lesser-grade carbon fork (no-name Nashbar, came with a Nashbar bike), to a Ritchey, the difference was like riding in a Pinto with poor alignment and a loose rack, to a new Cadillac off the showroom floor. Both have alloy steerers. The Ritchey is rigid and soaks up the road like a sponge, while the no-name Nashbar fork was flexy and quite frankly, no better than an aluminum fork. Carbon should not be about weight, but road buzz and rigidity, at least that's where I derive the most benefit.

Also, if it is true that the Nashbar carbon cross fork is a Winwood without badging, it is a nice fork. I also rode a Winwood Dusty for a while. Very beefy, but as good as the Ritchey.

EDIT: Seems like every time I look at the Nashbar fork, they are out of the 1 1/8". [sigh]

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EDIT: Seems like every time I look at the Nashbar fork, they are out of the 1 1/8". [sigh]
6/1/12 they are expected to have them back. I'm kinda leaning towards the whole Nashbar setup, but I might as well keep things open till at least 6/1/12.
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Very beefy
Yes, that is certainly the best way to describe the Nashbar fork. It's a good fork, but don't get it if you're trying to shave weight off of the bike.
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