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Old 11-11-17, 03:32 PM
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Question Re: Fork Length

I am shopping around for an aftermarket carbon fork to replace the stock fork on my road bike, which was damaged when I had my bike shipped abroad ahead of me.


The damaged stock fork is 365mm long, axle to crown. Most of the aftermarket forks I’ve seen online – Columbus, Lynskey Deda, etc -- are two to three millimeters longer. (I have been told Enve manufactures a fork almost exactly along the same specs as the stock fork on my bike, but I’m afraid my budget simply won’t permit me to buy a pricey Enve fork at the moment.)


Will I see too much of a difference in the bike’s handling using a fork that is two to three millimeters longer, same rake? And, also, even more pressing, will installing a longer fork somehow put pressure on the headtube where there shouldn’t be any? I won’t crack my headtube by using a longer fork, will I?


Thanks in advance and I do apologize for what I am sure is a forehead-slapping, annoying noob question.
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Should not be a problem as long as rake is same.
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3mm isn't going to make any difference. It less than the difference in lower assembly stack heights of various headsets.

You've never seen an instruction to use a headset with a lower stack of XXmm, have you?

Buy the fork you like at the price you're comfortable with and put the 3mm out of your mind. If necessary, see a hypnotist to help you forget about it.
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Thank you, gentlemen. You have put my mind at ease.

I am confident hypnosis won’t be necessary at this point. In fact, I can’t even picture myself visiting a hypnotist. I’d be as bored and skeptical as a New Yorker in a Mets game. (No offense to Mets fans out there, if any.)

Again, thanks.

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BTW I was shopping for an aftermarket fork for my bike and chose a Ritchey. You may wish to put that on your list.
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BTW I was shopping for an aftermarket fork for my bike and chose a Ritchey. You may wish to put that on your list.

Yes, a Ritchey carbon road fork would have been right up there on my shortlist, for sure, as I have been using Ritchey components for a while now and they have all proven solid and reliable. But I have been unable to find any tapered forks under that tried-and-tested brand, unfortunately. If they do sell tapered forks with 1 1/2" - 1 1/8" steerer tubes and I have somehow missed them online, please do PM me with a link. The more options I have within my budget, the better.


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Originally Posted by Elaine View Post

Yes, a Ritchey carbon road fork would have been right up there on my shortlist, for sure, as I have been using Ritchey components for a while now and they have all proven solid and reliable. But I have been unable to find any tapered forks under that tried-and-tested brand, unfortunately. If they do sell tapered forks with 1 1/2" - 1 1/8" steerer tubes and I have somehow missed them online, please do PM me with a link. The more options I have within my budget, the better.


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I don't think they have a 1 1/2 - 1 1/4 tapered steerer. Bummer. One other consideration is contact the manufacturer of your frame, they may have replacement forks.
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I don't think they have a 1 1/2 - 1 1/4 tapered steerer. Bummer. One other consideration is contact the manufacturer of your frame, they may have replacement forks.

Your suggestion is so forthright and logical I’m embarrassed I didn’t think of it in the first place. Thank you for pointing out the obvious, which I had of course completely neglected to consider.

Anyways, I fired off an e-mail to Cube after reading your post, inquiring. I do hope they get back to me. Otherwise, my fallback would probably be a Columbus FEL 3K.


Again, thanks.
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