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Old 10-22-12, 12:37 PM
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ebay carbon forks?

what is a good/cheap ebay carbon fork
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Old 10-22-12, 01:05 PM
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Good Carbon Forks:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Enve-2-0-car...item2a249acf59
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Easton-EC90-...item416ba195fa
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ritchey-Carb...item4d00a42fc3

Cheap Carbon Fork:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/3k-12k-Weave...item27c210ae6f

Good/Cheap Carbon Fork:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Big-Kitchen-...item46092022d6
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No way I'm buying a no name carbon fork off Ebay. With a nme brand, like Enve, Easton etc., you've got some assurances that the fork has been well designed and manufactured up to the specs of the design.

So the links for name brand forks on Ebay are good.

However, I'm not trusting my life to a generic Chinese CF fork, sold off an Ebay listing that may be gone tomorrow. They may well be made in the exact same factory, but you just don't know the quality, and there's no legal recourse, so less incentive to ensure safety.

Fork failure has too big consequences to try and save few bucks there.
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Originally Posted by tadhgnealon View Post
what is a good/cheap ebay carbon fork
When you write "ebay" are you referring to no name brand fork sold by an obscure vendor? If yes, then your gamble is as good as anyone's. How do you define good? Are there standards that are met or exceeded?
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is it common to replace or add an aftermarket fork to an existing frame?
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I wonder if they come in red to match my frame
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is it common to replace or add an aftermarket fork to an existing frame?
Sometimes. Some frames are sold without forks. Sometimes forks break or fail and need to be replaced.

I have two frames that I got WITHOUT forks. One is a custom Ti frame, which has a top-notch Ritchey WCS full CF fork. The other is a cheapo Al frame (nashbar) that has a cheapo carbon fork.

That said, most recreational cyclists buy a full bike and have no need for a separate fork.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
No way I'm buying a no name carbon fork off Ebay. With a nme brand, like Enve, Easton etc., you've got some assurances that the fork has been well designed and manufactured up to the specs of the design.

So the links for name brand forks on Ebay are good.

However, I'm not trusting my life to a generic Chinese CF fork, sold off an Ebay listing that may be gone tomorrow. They may well be made in the exact same factory, but you just don't know the quality, and there's no legal recourse, so less incentive to ensure safety.

Fork failure has too big consequences to try and save few bucks there.
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Oh please.
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The no-name chinese carbon framesets sold on ebay appear to be safe, based on reports of hundreds and hundreds of users on this forum and others. Why would the forks be any different?
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Forces on a frame are maximum going up a steep hill. Forces on a fork are maximum going downhill at high speed into a corner while hitting a pot hole. Which way would be worse in a crash if there is a failure?

I got a good deal on a Chinese frame and it has been great, but I spent the extra few bucks for a name brand fork.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
No way I'm buying a no name carbon fork off Ebay. With a nme brand, like Enve, Easton etc., you've got some assurances that the fork has been well designed and manufactured up to the specs of the design.

So the links for name brand forks on Ebay are good.

However, I'm not trusting my life to a generic Chinese CF fork, sold off an Ebay listing that may be gone tomorrow. They may well be made in the exact same factory, but you just don't know the quality, and there's no legal recourse, so less incentive to ensure safety.

Fork failure has too big consequences to try and save few bucks there.
Well said! The fork is safety critical, no doubt the most critical component. Handlebars/stem probably next. Brakes, yes, but at least you have two. Etc.
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The no-name chinese carbon framesets sold on ebay appear to be safe, based on reports of hundreds and hundreds of users on this forum and others. Why would the forks be any different?
it appears to me that you see more reports of fork failures than you do frame failures. Also, if a fork fails it's usually bad. If a frame fails, most of the time its just a trashed frame not a crash.

I'm sure 99% plus of generic CF forks are fine. I'm just willing to pay more to have the added assurance that there is someone locatable, with assets and insurance standing behind the design and manufacture of my fork.
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