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Steel CX Bike w/ Carbon Fork or Chro-mo?

Old 08-04-15, 07:04 PM
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Steel CX Bike w/ Carbon Fork or Chro-mo?

I had purchased the All City Macho Man frame and fork last year and moved over all of my older bike's equipment, including a Ritchey carbon cyclocross fork.

The OEM fork is a very nicely built lugged steel model and adds to the design of the bike: Macho Man | All-City Cycles

If you buy into the whole 'steel is real' concept I'm thinking that maybe I should switch back to the steel fork. If I did - would I notice a big performance degredation (I heard steel forks shudder a lot).

I'll probably do a few races this Fall so that's a consideration as well.

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Go with what feels and work the best.
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Carbon is lighter and feels plush.
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I put a Ridley carbon fork on my Soma Double Cross and have a carbon fork on my carbon cyclocross bike. I also have lugged steel forks on my vintage Simoncini Cyclocross bike and on my Origin 8 Monstercross bike.

I have zero brake shudder with the carbon forks. I can provoke a little brake shudder with the steel forks. I also like the ride quality with the carbon fork: rigid but damp.

I would stick with carbon, unless you have a specific complaint.

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