No one carries the DogBoy
My touring is more like CC touring than fully loaded and I've been thinking about getting a carbon fork to help smooth out my ride a bit. When I do carry a heavier load it primarily consists of my daughter in a trailer, so I pretty much never have a heavy load on the front. Given that's the case, can anyone think of a reason to stick with my current fork instead of getting a carbon fork? (Cost is a factor, but a new fork & labor is <$200 and I'm okay with that amount).
Current fork is like this but with canti bosses:
It is pretty shocking just how much a carbon fork smooths out a ride. There's absolutely nothing you can compare it with.
But if you look at a good one that fits 1" you'll find it more expensive than $200.
I have one of these on a bike and it is a good if overbuilt fork.
Sounds like what you are saying is that you will be using this fork in situations less demanding than it was designed for, so that should be good. The only further thing to look at would be whether you are more than the fork was designed for. Like I am 220, can't imagine any X-cross bike is built with me in mind. A lot of racing stuff seems built with 140 pounds in mind.