Making a kilometer blurry
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+1, a carbon fork is not likely to dramatically change the ride of the bike. Nothing wrong with them, and without going full carbon (crown, steerer), you can keep the cost down.
On road bikes, marketing is largely the reason for ubiquity in carbon forks. Most of the stock original equipment carbon forks aren't any lighter than aluminum, and they aren't carefully engineered to provide a better feel. But, they are carbon fiber, so they are perceived to be better. Nothing really wrong with them, but nothing compelling.