Join Date: May 2004
Bikes: Custom DeanUSA El Diente CTI, Andante Track
Originally Posted by Super Rookie
carbon over time on the road will weaken....my feelings..
Originally Posted by plantdude
I am going to be riding this bike both on the velodrome as well as on the street for training rides.
Does anyone have any suggestions about this? Should I stick with the steel fork or go for the Carbon one? I know steel is real and all, but it seems like a Carbon fork would be better in most ways.
I personally only ride carbon forks. Its a thing I have about weight and stiffness. Regardless,...
There are currently only two carbon forks being made with "track geometry" in mind. The Reynolds Ouzo Pro Track (1 1/8", 37.5mm rake) and the Wound-Up fork (1" or 1 1/8", 35mm rake). The Reynolds is a true track fork since it has no brake hole. The Wound-Up comes with a brake hole. The Reynolds is longer than the Wound-Up (372mm length vs 365mm length).
The Reynolds won't be in production again until Jan '06. The Wound-Up is currently available.
Since you are having a custom frame made, it is important that you choose the fork you will be using prior to building of the frame because this affects the design decisions of the frame builder in terms of front end geometry. Regardless of whether you choose steel or carbon. One size does not fit all.
Questions you need to answer for yourself:
Do I want a front brake?
What geometry for my custom frame?
Based on the above answer, what will my HT angle be?
Having a steel fork made for you will not limit your choice in HT angle. Using the Wound-Up or Reynolds will limit your choice of HT angles.