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Old 05-01-07, 11:42 AM
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Carbon MTB fork. How much abuse?

Would a carbon mountain bike fork be safe on a mountain bike that is primarily ridden on unpaved roads? I don't do any jumps, or drops or any of that but there is a LOT of jarring over the course of a lot of miles. I have around 20,000 accumulated miles on my other forks and am wondering if a carbon fork would be up for that.
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Old 05-01-07, 12:21 PM
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Who makes this fork?

It's for a MTB, right, not a 'cross bike?
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Admittedly not an expert here, but I'll throw this out there FWIW. I've been checkin out the newer bikes lately and noticed the cyclocross bikes have carbon forks. If thats any indication I would lean towards 'yes- they would hold up' as my answer.
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Originally Posted by Portis
Would a carbon mountain bike fork be safe on a mountain bike that is primarily ridden on unpaved roads? I don't do any jumps, or drops or any of that but there is a LOT of jarring over the course of a lot of miles. I have around 20,000 accumulated miles on my other forks and am wondering if a carbon fork would be up for that.
I wouldn't want one. I'm quite happy with my Surly 1x1 and I KNOW it will last that long.
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I've got a Surly 1 X 1 on one of my mtb's but the axel to crown is pretty short compared to the 100mm suspension fork on my new Trek 6000. I actually like it on that trek 4300 but I am not sure how i will like it on the 6000. The 6000 has a more agressive geometry and I got a bigger frame size.
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Originally Posted by Portis
I've got a Surly 1 X 1 on one of my mtb's but the axel to crown is pretty short compared to the 100mm suspension fork on my new Trek 6000. I actually like it on that trek 4300 but I am not sure how i will like it on the 6000. The 6000 has a more agressive geometry and I got a bigger frame size.
Then you're looking for this: http://www.surlybikes.com/forks/Instigator_pop.html
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Yeah. I have been thinking about that one but it is about a lb heavier than the 1 X 1.
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Originally Posted by Portis
Yeah. I have been thinking about that one but it is about a lb heavier than the 1 X 1.
Surly 1x1 Weight: Disc = 2.34 lbs. (1.1 kg) Non-disc = 2.27 lbs (1.03 kg)
Surly Instigator Weight: 3.13 lbs. (1.42 kg)

Not quite, but it's also 34 mm taller and built to go on the Instigator which is built to be beat on. Personally I'd rather have something that I can be totally confident in rather than something I have to examine every scratch just to make sure it's not really a crack. Besides I'll bet it's still lighter than the fork it's replacing.
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Bike has no brakes on the front wheel? :O
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Originally Posted by NuclearParanoid
Bike has no brakes on the front wheel? :O
What the heck are you talking about?

Follow the brake line down to the front wheel. Here's a hint: IT'S A DISC BRAKE
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