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Unicrown forks look hideous to me

Old 04-10-13, 05:45 PM
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Unicrown forks look hideous to me

What the title of the thread says. Not really looking to start a discussion--just getting it off my chest.
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Old 04-10-13, 05:51 PM
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They are. Until you put them beside carbon forks.
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Originally Posted by jonwvara View Post
What the title of the thread says. Not really looking to start a discussion--just getting it off my chest.
Yep, I agree with you. On a road bike, they are quite hideous. Try doing something as elegant as that below with a unicrown fork.


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They're the bane of my existence.
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Uni-crown are lighter, stronger and less expensive. In other words, they're everything the typical bicycle designer and consumer wants. Often the needs of the few are sacrificed to satisfy the vast majority.
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I like them on mtb's, they make for a swoopy, curvacious look.
What really suck are straight forks...
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When I bought my '91 Bianchi, I had no idea what a "unicrown" fork was (or lugs, for that matter.) While I now agree that lugged fork crowns look classier, I'm glad it didn't put me off buying that bike years ago.
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you are wrong

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Unicrown has always looked cheap to me. But that's just me.
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They are hideous, but they're okay on mountain bikes because they're not supposed to be pretty.
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Originally Posted by t-mar View Post
uni-crown are ... Less expensive. In other words, they're everything the typical bicycle designer ... Wants.
Often the needs of the few are sacrificed to satisfy ...
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Originally Posted by frantik View Post
you are wrong

Sorry, but this pic just proves the OPs premise.
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Originally Posted by Ex Pres View Post
Sorry, but this pic just proves the OPs premise.
see this part: "you are wrong"

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Reminds me of a song..."I like to go swimin' with bow legged women and........"
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Originally Posted by frantik View Post
you are wrong

Looks good to me.

Bring on the country roads......
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MTN bikes should look like this.

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I like unicrown forks, they are especially nice on fillet brazed frames. Despite being a massive cynic about all sorts of things I can't really get on the hate-train today... There's also loads of room to be creative in the construction of a unicrown fork, the fork blades can go up or down the steerer a bit. I do think they look a bit out of place on a lugged frame but I also think lugged forks look more out of place on non-lug frames.
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you are wrong

Actually, that fork looks kinda sad to me........Fork legs just shouldn't be bent in that direction.....
Just imagine a world with people who do not have shoulders.....what horror that would be.....
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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
MTN bikes should look like this.

They did 30 years ago.

As much as I like riding my 1983 Stumpjumper Sport around for short bursts, there is no comparison to my son's Niner EMD9.

I can't begin to list all of the improvements in performance and I actually like the looks better as well.
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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
Actually, that fork looks kinda sad to me........Fork legs just shouldn't be bent in that direction.....
Just imagine a world with people who do not have shoulders.....what horror that would be.....
A world where people's legs connect to their shoulders is pretty horrific too
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Uni-crown are lighter, stronger and less expensive. In other words, they're everything the typical bicycle designer and consumer wants. Often the needs of the few are sacrificed to satisfy the vast majority.
Nothing to disagree with there. A unicrown fork would be out of place esthetically on a mid-80s or earlier road bike, but fit right in as applied to road bikes in the later years of the steel era, IMHO.
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If it helps, think of the unicrown profile as a cathedral arch.
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Well, I might agree, and I do prefer the looks of many other forks, but they're on Series Paramounts and Ironman bikes, so I can't bash 'em. Plus, the Tange guy at NAHBS said a lot of the later ones were Prestige, since it was just simpler for Tange to do them that way. Once you're on the bike and rolling down the road, fugettaboutit.
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"Unicrown forks look hideous to me"

Yes they are! Reminds me of walking by the bikes at WallyMart.
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Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
Reminds me of a song..."I like to go swimin' with bow legged women and........"
Never heard it before, but found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jeSc7MOlus
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