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Inexpensive Carbon Fork

Old 01-08-06, 07:48 PM
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Without spending too much money, I'm looking to upgrade my current aluminum fork to a carbon fork. Ideally it would be a 1" threaded, but if I had to I could convert to threadless. I noticed Performance has a 1" carbon fork with a chromoly steerer for $80 ... anyone have any experience with this fork?

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5232
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http://www.chucksbikes.com/store/

They have one for $40. I can't directly link it, but go to "online store" and look under forks.
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Originally Posted by DXchulo
http://www.chucksbikes.com/store/

They have one for $40. I can't directly link it, but go to "online store" and look under forks.
The steerer tube is too short on that one, but there's a threadless one for $50.

Have you ordered from them before? The reason I ask is that they're located in my town (Orange, CA) but I've never heard of them. Maybe that's because they do mail order only?
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I think this may be lighter than the Performance fork. It's $89 from PricePoint.
http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/127...Steer-Tube.htm
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Originally Posted by LCI_Brian
The steerer tube is too short on that one, but there's a threadless one for $50.

Have you ordered from them before? The reason I ask is that they're located in my town (Orange, CA) but I've never heard of them. Maybe that's because they do mail order only?
Hi,

I've ordered a few things from Chuck's Bikes to up here in Canada and they've been excellent to deal with. If they're local to you I would definitely check them out!

Cheers,
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Originally Posted by LCI_Brian
The steerer tube is too short on that one, but there's a threadless one for $50.

Have you ordered from them before? The reason I ask is that they're located in my town (Orange, CA) but I've never heard of them. Maybe that's because they do mail order only?
I've never ordered from them, but I'm sure other people here have. I've heard chucksbikes mentioned from time to time. You might want to start a new thread on that.
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Originally Posted by LCI_Brian
The steerer tube is too short on that one, but there's a threadless one for $50.

Have you ordered from them before? The reason I ask is that they're located in my town (Orange, CA) but I've never heard of them. Maybe that's because they do mail order only?
Sorry to hijack your thread, but I am looking to upgrade my fork to carbon as well. This $40 one says 178mm length, what do I measure to make sure it will fit? Also, which part of the bike should I measure to figure in the 1"?

Thanks in advance for any help..
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I put the Performance Forte classic on my wife's bike and she likes it. Says she can notice the difference between it and her old chromoly fork. Performance is selling it for $70.
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5232
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I am looking for teh same upgrade. I was told by a LBS that the 1" diameter is the diameter of the shaft connected to the forks that fits inside the frame part. But I am not sure as to determine stem length and a few other things.

This is what one of the guys recommanded.


http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...TOKEN=92881979
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I bought one of these last month for a new build and I'm very happy with it:

You can get them with the 1" steerer... not sure about threaded, I've never worked on older stuff like that.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5232


Here it is on the bike:

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Originally Posted by thewalrus
I bought one of these last month for a new build and I'm very happy with it:

You can get them with the 1" steerer... not sure about threaded, I've never worked on older stuff like that.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5232
Thanks for the link and the pic. I ended up going to Perf tonight and buying that same fork in 1" threadless. I decided to upgrade to threadless, since my headset was shot anyway and needed replacing, and it only cost me $10 for a threadless stem at the other Perf (formerly Supergo).

Incidentally, the fork dropouts say "Kinesis" on them, so it looks like they make it and Perf slaps their name on it.

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Originally Posted by LCI_Brian

Incidentally, the fork dropouts say "Kinesis" on them, so it looks like they make it and Perf slaps their name on it.
It does say Kinesis on mine, did you see the photo of the fork on the Kinesis site? They call it the "Wedge". Same fork with different screenprinting. Mine came in somewhere around 415g after the steerer was cut to fit a 57cm frame's head tube (1.125" version)

I have heard that Kinesis also makes frames for a number of different brands, they are sort of a competitor to Merida in the Taiwanese aluminum frame market.

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Originally Posted by LCI_Brian
I decided to upgrade to threadless, since my headset was shot anyway and needed replacing, and it only cost me $10 for a threadless stem at the other Perf (formerly Supergo).
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How do you go about finding out what exactly you need to do this conversion? What do I need to measure and where?
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if you want to do this and need to know how...look up park tools web site...they will tell you all you need to know...or if you like your LBS and will want them to install the stuff go down there and ask them what your bike needs and how much for the install...then order.

ps I have a performance fork going on 2 years with a lot of use...it is bang for the buck good.
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