I have a steel frame touring bike (Bianchi Volpe 2011) with cantilever brakes and mid-fork eyelets for a front rack (currently Tubus Tara). My problem: one fork dropout was damaged in air shipment after a recent bike tour. (Bummer; c'est la vie.)
I suspect that I should replace the fork at some point in the future. I have some weight-weenie tendencies, and I'm interested in finding a carbon fiber replacement for the cromo Bianchi stock fork.
Question 1: Will I lose that comfy steel feel with a carbon fork? Will I regret it? I know a carbon fork will cost approximately double what a good cromo fork costs, and I can handle that. But will I suffer terribly in terms of comfort and durability?
Question 2: Does there exist somewhere the fork that meets the following requirements:
- Carbon Fiber
- Threadless 1 1/8
- Cantilever brake bosses
- Fender eyelets
- Mid-fork rack eyelets
- Bonus points for inside mid-fork rack eyelets to accommoade Tubus "Duo" rack
- Under $300