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    Recommend me a disc specific cyclocross fork.

    Hello all. I recently built up a Traitor Ruben cx bike. It's a sweet ride, but the fork and frame are composed of 4130 chromoly steel so it's definitely not light. At some point I'm going to invest in a lighter wheelset. But first I'd like to install a carbon fork. My requirements are that it have somewhere in the area of 45 mm of rake and a good amount of steerer tube so I can decide just where I want my bars to be. I'd also like an axle to crown length somewhere around 386 mm. And, oh yeah, it's gotta have disc tabs. If anyone has any advice or experience with carbon disc forks I'd love to read it.

    Thanks!

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    The Nashbar fork is well liked. It has both Disc brake tabs & Canti bosses: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/SearchD...yclocross+fork


    The Winwood Muddy Carbon Cross Disc Fork:
    http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.a...ross+Disc+Fork
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    The Nashbar fork is well liked. It has both Disc brake tabs & Canti bosses: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/SearchD...yclocross+fork


    The Winwood Muddy Carbon Cross Disc Fork is disc brake only:
    http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.a...ross+Disc+Fork
    I remember reading that Nashbar forks are unbranded Winwood forks. Those forks may be the same exact fork. If you compare them side-by-side, they appear to be almost identical. That's not a bad thing, it's just that the Nashbar fork is substantially cheaper.

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    Just a thought, you have a steel, disc bike. Even after you spend a bunch of dollars on carbon forks and light wheels, it is still a heavy bike.

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    N+1 .. you are asking about changing enough parts to begin justifying another bike.

    Set that one up as the commuter, hauler, and get a lighter aluminum framed bike
    with the carbon fork and such you now desire.. that you leave Bare.

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    Thanks for the replies, guys.

    The Traitor is my weekend century and weekday evening long ride bike. I put it together for comfort and style and didn't really give a **** about the weight until I got into cyclocross. Now I'd like to lighten it up just a little at a time. And I'm thinking a carbon fork would save half a pound or so. Right now she weighs in at 24.5 lbs. Not too bad, but you feel it on the hills and barriers. My gf works at a bike shop and told me she'd be happy to order a fork for me at +5% over cost.

    You're right vestervoid, she's always gonna be heavy. But every little bit helps.

    And fietsbob, I know what you're saying about N+1, but right now I've got two bikes and it feels like plenty. (Heresy, I know). I commute on the Traitor from time to time, but mostly save it for either long road rides or long trail rides. Mostly I commute on my ss mtb. I feel invincible on it and can easily hop curbs and get through the 3 construction zones that have already sprung up this year along my relatively easy 10 mile round trip commute.

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    Whiskey makes a nice-looking full carbon fork but it's got a tapered steerer. Supposedly they're going to come out with a straight steerer version soon. They have a straight one now with an alloy steerer, but if you're going for weight savings that seems like a bad compromise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowJob View Post
    ...a good amount of steerer tube...I'd also like an axle to crown length somewhere around 386 mm...
    The steer tube length can be attained, the axle to crown measurement will be difficult to match. Wound Up Composite Cycles can make you a custom fork if it fits your budget.

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    At 24 1/2 lbs, shaving a pound isn't going to make an appreciable difference, weight-wise. You may notice the benefit in soaking up road buzz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    The Nashbar fork is well liked. It has both Disc brake tabs & Canti bosses: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/SearchD...yclocross+fork


    The Winwood Muddy Carbon Cross Disc Fork:
    http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.a...ross+Disc+Fork
    I fitted my opus sentiero with the Nashbar Carbon fork, & it works great for me.
    I can feel the bumps less, then on the stock ALU. fork.
    The only downside is trying to find plugs for the brake boss holes(I removed them), i tried to order them from a LBS but they wanted my to bring in my forks. I told them I have to bikes that need plugs, they told me to bring in both bikes...
    I just used matte black vinyl tape for now, I'm trying to fab up something more permanent.

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