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Performance forte forks...

Old 07-31-06, 03:35 PM
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Performance forte forks...

Hello all,

I was at the bike shop today to ask about my giant bowery (single speed TCR geometry road bike). Apparently it is arriving today, and will be built, and I fitted tomarrow. A friend has one and he told me the cro moly fork is very heavy (about 1 pound or more than even heavier CF ones). I like carbon forks for their 1. looks, and 2. ride characteristics (yes looks are important). I am looking for cheep because the bike was only 500 dollars in the first place, and I am already spending 100 on the saddle!

I asked my LBS (all they carry is easton and profile design's forks and they are expensive) and they said go look at performances forks... well I did and found this.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...egory_ID=5232#

Any one have opinions on their forks? I know they are a bit heavy, but at 89.99 they are not bad for a CF fork!

Thanks as always!
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Old 07-31-06, 03:52 PM
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I think the OCP President has that fork on his Fast Attack Ti bike.
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Old 07-31-06, 04:23 PM
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stay with the steel fork, it's how the bike was designed--don't put some nashbar crap on it because you like carbon

and why are you even considering weight? you said last year you are 6'6" and 230lbs (not busting your chops, at 6'1" I'm a big guy too and no lightweight)--weight shouldn't even be part of the equation

steel frames ride best with the forks that were designed for them--don't throw it out because you want to be "OPC"
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I am not so concerned about the weight, it is a pound but I am not racing on the bike anyway. The bike is extrodinarily stiff, Al oversized tubes, etc. Many people who have this bike swap the forks right away. For me it is not so much even that, but giant almost never leaves enough lengths on the fork, and I want the fork cut for me, not the factory... (yes the frame is a hair too small, but it is the largest that nearly anyone makes (bar custom!)


Would it make a difference if I went with say, ritchey, easton, etc parts? The rake is the same between the forks so I see no issues.
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Leave on the CroMoly. This is not your primary bike...but a fun bike? Just leave on the CroMoly and use the money on your primary road/racing bike or TT bike.
Buy some tires or something.
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One of buddies that I ride with had to do the same thing. He is 6'6" and bought the largest KHS Flite 100 in production. Since it is a tad bit too small for him he had to replace the fork with an uncut fork so he could customize it. If the rake of the Performance fork matches, go for it. It's only 90 bucks and it is not for your main ride.

I can't wait to hear your review of the Bowery. I hope it works for you.
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