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Old 01-30-04, 06:11 AM   #1
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Carbon fork on a fixie?

Good idea? Very bad idea? Not very cool idea?

I am building a summer fixie - Soma Rush frame, Sun Venus rims laced to Paul high flange hubs, Miche group. I am tempted to pop in a Look carbon fork to take the worst of stutter whilst riding cobblestone streets here in Helsinki. Anyone with experience? The steerer is 1"

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Old 01-30-04, 09:42 AM   #2
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xcutterx has one or two bikes with a carbon fork, you mway to ask him, or he'll pop by.
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Old 01-30-04, 10:07 AM   #3
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I hope it'll work out alright. I have a 1" all carbon fork on the bike I'm getting ready to convert to a fixey, and I've seen some pics of fixeys with carbon forks. Outside of pissing off the occasional elitist, (which is kinda fun), I'd think that you'd be fine.
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i have a full carbon reynolds ouzo pro fork with a 1.125" steerer on my fixie and i love it. i've never had any problems with it. my frame is aluminum, so i'm sure the fork takes a lot of the harshness out of my ride. xcutterx has a kestrel carbon fork on his surly steamroller and his van dessel country road bob has a carbon fork as well. no problems with his either.
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I think the only time it might look wierd is on a traditional lugged steel frame. Even then, even if people objected, they don't ride your bike, now do they?
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I have a profile straight blade carbon on my trek converted. Feels fine, quickened up the steering a bit as well.
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I think the only time it might look wierd is on a traditional lugged steel frame. Even then, even if people objected, they don't ride your bike, now do they?
Why would it be a problem on a stell frame?

So does the carbon fork make for a stiffer ride?
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I have a carbon fork on both of my fixies works great. One is a 1inch other is 1 1/8 inch, I can't see any problems with it. On the one I have Venus rims laced to Miche hubs.
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I have a carbon fork on both of my fixies works great. One is a 1inch other is 1 1/8 inch, I can't see any problems with it. On the one I have Venus rims laced to Miche hubs.
i have sun venus rims as well. hahaha we're a cult!
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Why would it be a problem on a stell frame?

So does the carbon fork make for a stiffer ride?
Only that it would be a strange juxtoposition of times and technologies to have a modern carbon fork on a 70's lugged steel frame with relaxed geometry. Not that it would be wrong, it's just the clashing of era's and technologies would be a strange mix. Of course it might make an interesting statement about change in materials and styles while still retaining the basic century old diamond frame design.
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Only that it would be a strange juxtoposition of times and technologies to have a modern carbon fork on a 70's lugged steel frame with relaxed geometry. Not that it would be wrong, it's just the clashing of era's and technologies would be a strange mix. Of course it might make an interesting statement about change in materials and styles while still retaining the basic century old diamond frame design.
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people seem to like to complain a bit in this forum about carbon forks. sure its not as sleek or as sexy as a lugged for but they have function for sure. it smooths out the ride a lot. road vibration is smoothed out which makes for a more comfortable ride. i would never go back to the stock surly fork on my steamroller. i crashed the hell out of my kestrel fork a few months back and if ever a carbon fork was to break it wouold have broken in that crash and my fork is still in tact and showing no signs of wear. not all carbon forks will ride as nicely as say a reylonds or a LOOK. the cheaper ones are going to be a little less smooth.
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Old 02-02-04, 04:42 AM   #13
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thanks guys. Will post pics once the beast is complete. The saddle will be Selle Italia "Storika" for retro looks
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i don't have any problem with carbon forks themselves, but i'm not all about the idea of spending lots of $$$ on a piece of plastic, ya know?

you could run a carbon fork without problems, sure--but you could do the same for less with a steel fork.

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