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Old 09-22-18, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
how is this claim still going on?

a curved fork does not absorb more vibration.

a curved fork and straight fork with the same rake will feel the same. Both will absorb the same vibration and spring the same amount.

further, the wall thickness of the blades is quite important. A 1mm blade under a 125# rider is excessive and would feel harsh compared to a .8mm blade, and thats regardless of if its straight or curved.

as has been mentioned too, tire width and pressure play a big role on vibration damping.

This is coming from well experienced and respected builders. Sachs. Llewellyn. Colnago. Grant Peterson of all people even acknowledges the spring and damping of a curved blade is a myth.

with the same rake and tube diameter/thickness, forks will perform the same- straight or curved.
True, if the fork is properly designed to flex. But, the norm on mass production bikes is straight stiff forks to work properly with disk brakes. This article is appropriate

Perhaps, the Marrakesh has some flex, good for Salsa. But then a rim brake would allow a fork with more flex and more shock absorption for touring.
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