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Old 09-01-10, 10:47 AM   #1
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Inexpensive carbon fork q's...

I'm looking for an inexpensive upgrade from my stock fork to a carbon fork. Performance Bicycles has a decent deal on a Forte fork and I've heard good things about in person and online.

However, I've found a seeming decent deal on a Bontrager Satellite but have no review info to go on.

Here's the Bontrager - http://store.icyclesusa.com/1-18-sat...mm-p23877.aspx

Here's the Forte - http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1032950_-1___

Any opinions on these two forks would be great. If there are any other suggestions please send them along.
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Old 09-01-10, 10:55 AM   #2
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The bontrager for is very wide, and a huge offset. It will make your handling muckier. The Forte one is probably much more similar(geometry wise) to what you have now.
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Both are aluminum steerer, aluminum crown, so neither will be especially light, but if you are coming from cro-mo, you will easily drop 3/4lb.

They should ride better than your old fork. Agree with the prev poster, that bontrager looks off.

you should find out what your current offset is and try to match it. Increasing your offset will make you bike turn and react slower. Decreasing will have the opposite effect.

The pros of an Al steerer is they are much less prone to over-torquing whereas carbon steerers you need to be careful.

Hope this helps a bit.
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Apparently the performance site is down for me. I'm looking to upgrade from a hi-ten fork to something a little nicer. Can anyone give me the pricepoint and specs to the fork?
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Forté Axis Carbon Road Fork

BRAKE MOUNT: Single Bolt
MATERIAL: Carbon
RAKE: 40mm
STEERER DIAMETER: 1" or 1 1/8"
STEERER MATERIAL: 1" Chromoly or 1 1/8" Aluminum
WEIGHT: 475g (1 1/8") or 615g (1") w/ uncut steerer tube
WHEEL SIZE: 700c
Rating: 4
$79.99
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Thanks for the input about that Bontrager fork. I thought it looked wide and wasn't sure if the 5mm difference in offset would be that noticeable but I guess it make enough of a difference.

I guess I'll just wait for the Forte to become available.
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Increasing your offset will make you bike turn and react slower. Decreasing will have the opposite effect.
This is not correct. Increasing the the offset will decrease trail and have the opposite effect.

http://davesbikeblog.blogspot.com/20...le-bit-of.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_fork#Offset
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Old 09-01-10, 10:42 PM   #8
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what is your current frame?
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Eighth Inch Scrambler V2 and I must admit that the fork it came with is pretty crummy. I can mount a front brake on it because the hole was drilled too far down on the steerer tube. Short

@jmartinez: would I really be able to tell the 5mm difference in offset? My current fork is a 40mm offset from what I could find. SInce they've released the V3, 8th inch has taken down the specs of the v2.

And somebody mentioned that the Bontrager fork was "too wide" and while I agree on a visual level, could it just be the way the fork is pinched down the blades? I can't find any sort of spec of the spacing between the dropouts, on either fork.

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