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    Swapping to a carbon fork for touring???

    Just picked up a Santana Soverign and am looking to swap the threaded fork out for a threadless fork (Chris King Devolution Headset will allow a switch from 1 1/4" to 1 1/8" if I so desire). My wife and I will be using this tandem for both fast paced club rides, racing AND fully loaded touring (front and rear panniers). I'm wanting to swap out the threaded fork in order to get away from the quill stems, lighten the bike and give the tandem a little quicker steering.

    Here are my questions:
    Do any of you fully loaded tour on a tandem specific carbon fork?
    If so, which make/model?
    If not, why not?

    I can't find a tandem carbon fork with the bolt bosses for a front rack, but there are add-on hardware bits that can transform a boss-less fork into one capable of mounting a rack onto it.

    Feel free to ask questions - TIA for the advice.

    - sheik

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    Gear Combo Guru Chris_W's Avatar
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    When we bought our tandem, we got the carbon fork as well as the stock steel fork, and I intended to use the steel fork whenever going touring. However, instead I've now acquired an array of frame bags and a handlebar bag, and we've been able to get away with only using those and a set of rear panniers when touring. We therefore haven't used the steel fork yet. So, I recommend leaving a couple of pairs of underwear at home and going with alternative luggage devices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaleel_da_sheik View Post
    Here are my questions:
    Do any of you fully loaded tour on a tandem specific carbon fork?
    We don't.
    Quote Originally Posted by jaleel_da_sheik View Post
    If so, which make/model?
    If not, why not?

    I can't find a tandem carbon fork with the bolt bosses for a front rack, but there are add-on hardware bits that can transform a boss-less fork into one capable of mounting a rack onto it.
    For loaded touring I have a strong preference for having front low-riders, as they increase stability, in partial or full compensation for the reduction in stability introduced by the bar bag - which I have for the convenience. I too could not find a carbon fork with rack bosses and I haven't yet seen a system that I'm comfortable with for attaching low-riders without same, at least not to a carbon fork, which is weakest in the radial dimension. You want the rack to be very securely fastened.

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    Already have the front rack and panniers. . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_W View Post
    So, I recommend leaving a couple of pairs of underwear at home and going with alternative luggage devices.
    I've already got a front rack and panniers - went with the Arkel front panniers that can convert to a knapsack in the event we want to incorporate some walking/day hiking into a touring trip. I have my heart set on staying with that setup. Had I not already been invested, I'd definitly consider doing the frame bag route.

    - sheik

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