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Worthwhile Upgrade? Carbon Fork

Old 08-10-09, 11:20 AM
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Worthwhile Upgrade? Carbon Fork

Hi, I'm relatively new and have been doing about 25 miles every other day. I have a 2003 Trek 1000 and so far, the only thing I've changed on it are the grip, pedals (ritchey pro), and tires. I noticed that a lot of newer bikes come with a carbon fork from the factory and thought I'd go that route with my next upgrade. Then probably drive train upgrades after that. I was thinking of the Bontrager Race Lite fork. There's a guy in my area selling one for $100. What do you think? Worth it?
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Old 08-10-09, 11:41 AM
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you have to make sure that the rake and axle to crown measurement are the same as your current fork. you could find something a little cheaper, also the steer tube must be long enough to accommodate the frame stem and spacers. imho, not worth the trouble. money could be better spent on bice shorts, or shoes, or gearing refinements ect.
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No.
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All of those should be fine since it's a brand new fork and I checked out it's specs already. Problem would probably added cost for someone to cut the fork.
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It's more of a worthwhile upgrade than CF bottle cages and Ti bolts though...
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Aluminum can be a bit harsh for a fork material, but given the value of your bike, I would save your money. If you start getting into road biking you may want to upgrade your whole bike in a year or so.

Is the bike comfortable? If it rides harsh, you could upgrade the seat or tires for less money.
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Unless there's something wrong with your current fork, it's not necessary. If you want it and have money to burn, knock yourself out and enjoy the tinkering.
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Makes sense. It seems to be the consensus among everyone. The bike isn't too harsh. I just got new tires recently but the seat is still stock. It feels comfortable for the most part with my bib on so I have no real complaints there. Of course, I haven't tried any aftermarket seats. The bike is only harsh to me when I ride over screwed up pavement.
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Makes sense. It seems to be the consensus among everyone. The bike isn't too harsh. I just got new tires recently but the seat is still stock. It feels comfortable for the most part with my bib on so I have no real complaints there. Of course, I haven't tried any aftermarket seats. The bike is only harsh to me when I ride over screwed up pavement.
If there is nothing wrong with the fork and it is comfortable, than don't mess with it, save your money for other upgrades. Hang out on this forum long enough and you will want a new bike soon anyway..
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If there is nothing wrong with the fork and it is comfortable, than don't mess with it, save your money for other upgrades. Hang out on this forum long enough and you will want a new bike soon anyway..
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going from a cromo fork to a carbon fork is the most noticeable mod i have done for my fixed gear. the only other mod comparable in terms of magnitude of difference is going from cheap tektro dp brakes to dura ace calipers.
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