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Durable Carbon Fork ?

Old 01-06-11, 08:21 AM
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Durable Carbon Fork ?

What kind of carbon fork is most durable?
I'm building a travel bike that is going to handle packing and unpacking and hard riding on bad roads.
What is the best typ of fork, all carbon or a alu sterer??
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Old 01-06-11, 09:47 AM
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Edge / Enve 2.0 fork. Lots of good reviews on it. Plus its made using a single mold, the steerer and fork is one piece and not glued together.
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Maybe you should look at getting a cyclocross bike. Take a look at the fork on the Specialized Tricross. Doesn't get much durable than that and much uglier.

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Almost nobody recommends CF fork with racks attached. You should seriously consider a steel fork. A steel fork will not be much heavier than a robust CF fork.
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Hi guys.

With packing/unpacking I meant that the stem is going to be attached and removed a lot, I find it a bit scary to use the expander on carbon steerers it feels that its going to crack.

I have a plan for a cyclocross for the really bad roads...
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
Almost nobody recommends CF fork with racks attached. You should seriously consider a steel fork. A steel fork will not be much heavier than a robust CF fork.
I don't think he means a touring bike. I think he's talking about a road bike he takes on trip with him.

I could be wrong, of course.
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
Almost nobody recommends CF fork with racks attached. You should seriously consider a steel fork. A steel fork will not be much heavier than a robust CF fork.
He didn't say he's using racks. A steel fork is substantially heavier than a cyclocross CF fork.
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carry around one of those ritchey ratcheting torque wrenches.
tightens stem parts up to 5Nm all the time.
the expander plug is less likely to be a problem than overtightening the stem.
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Originally Posted by Señor Crayfish
Hi guys.

With packing/unpacking I meant that the stem is going to be attached and removed a lot, I find it a bit scary to use the expander on carbon steerers it feels that its going to crack.

I have a plan for a cyclocross for the really bad roads...
AHHhhh... This is a travel bike.
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So, a fork with alu steerer is not stronger than an all carbon fork.
I don't dare looking at those "Carbon catastrophic fail" sites.. but if it brakes isn't it where the stem is attached?
I will be using about 4cm of spacers, that might give it some bending loads..
Any ideas?
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Originally Posted by Señor Crayfish
What kind of carbon fork is most durable?
I'm building a travel bike that is going to handle packing and unpacking and hard riding on bad roads.
What is the best typ of fork, all carbon or a alu sterer??
Mine is a Ritchey all carbon model and has been through about 4000 miles and maybe 20 to 25 trips to Taiwan and Australia so far. And yes, I do have a torque wrench and use it every time I assemble...
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