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Old 09-08-10, 01:25 AM   #1
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Carbon fork worth it over Steel fork?

Hey guys,

I finally got my IRO Mark V and I have been riding it everyday since last Tuesday. Thanks to all the people who helped with my dilemma.

I don't plan on upgrading soon, but how would a Carbon fork help or not help with my bike ride? Is it just as reliable? If I do get a carbon fork, what do I do with my current fork?

What are the choices out there that has a similar fork style? Does this matter? If there are any other tips please say. I might have missed a question.

Thanks in advance guys
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Keep the steel.
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Keep the steel.
Is there a reason why I should keep?
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http://www.rivbike.com/article/bicyc...rame_materials
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Ahh, you've got to love the boys at Rivendell. They're as biased as all blazes and periodically wrong as a result, but they're always entertaining and in this case, most of what they say is backed up by frame makers who are happy to make frames out of any material you choose, including carbon fibre.

Try this article from Llewellen bikes
http://www.llewellynbikes.com/materi...whichframe.htm

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how would a Carbon fork help or not help with my bike ride?
Its not going to do much. It'll make your bike slightly lighter and depending on what fork you buy, could make the front end of your bike a bit softer and alter the handling characteristics of your bike. Just ride your bike with your current fork. Get some experience and then decide. You'll probably find there are other changes you can make that'll make a bigger difference.
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Alright thanks guys. I think that concluded my question. That was really helpful. Probably is best to stick with my fork.
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for a commuter bike, i'd stick with the stock steel fork, just because it's not as flashy to thieves and you don't have to worry about it getting scratched, etc. but if you are doing longer rides or use your bike mainly for sport/fitness, carbon is the way to go. a carbon fork made a night and day difference for me, though part of that difference might have been due to a longer rake compared to the original fork it replaced.
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