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Old 06-22-20, 10:08 AM
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inch Carbon Forks for Steel-frame build

Hi,

I'm looking into converting a Giant Pacer frame I have lying around into a fixed gear. It looks like the front forks have taken a beating and I'm looking to replace it with something stiff and light (and affordable). This turns out to be easier said than done.
1"inch steerer tube forks aren't very widely available. Columbus and Richey sell them but at $200+ which sounds like a very high price. Do you guys have knowledge where to find these forks or have experience with other brands?
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They're a specialty item now. Aside from the brands you mentioned, there's Wound Up, which is more expensive. Nashbar used to sell one, but I think they stopped making it. Comb through eBay or just buy a steel one if you want to keep cost low.
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Originally Posted by BLukkes View Post
Hi,

I'm looking into converting a Giant Pacer frame I have lying around into a fixed gear. It looks like the front forks have taken a beating and I'm looking to replace it with something stiff and light (and affordable). This turns out to be easier said than done.
1"inch steerer tube forks aren't very widely available. Columbus and Richey sell them but at $200+ which sounds like a very high price. Do you guys have knowledge where to find these forks or have experience with other brands?
Are you looking for threaded or threadless? These aren't carbon, but as low as $65 for threaded.

https://www.retro-gression.com/collections/forks

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Good carbon isn't cheap, and cheap carbon isn't good.
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I went through the same search recently for an old Litespeed titanium frame.

I bought a Hylix fork from China on eBay. It was around $110 with shipping, if I recall. They are a little unusual in that you do not press on a crown race -- they take a specific (common) bearing that fits on the molded carbon, like an integrated headset, but into external cups. So I bought their headset that made it all work. The last part was the thing that was a complete waste -- their expansion plug. It was a worthless contraption of featherweight alloy bits held together with a polymer o-ring.

The failure of the compression plug got to doubt their whole product line, and led me to hunt to replace the whole system. I also wanted to use a traditional (King) headset. So I ended up buying a Columbus Minimal fork from the only place I could find it, a bike shop in Germany. It is a lovely fork but was, as you mentioned, costly.

The Hylix fork, in retrospect, was not a problem. It was all carbon, and from what I could tell, well-built. I rode over bumpy trails and aside from the headset never being adequately tight because the expansion plug was so worthless, it was good. The fork ends are carbon, and have a ridge around them, so you can't just file off the lawyer tabs if that's something you like to do. I could have just bought a 1" FSA expansion plug, but I have an FSA phobia.

I studied the used market for 1" carbon forks, and it is stiff competition. The Ouzo and Easton EC90s were going for around $300 in open auctions.

You could try the Hylix. You just have to stick with their headset and ignore their expansion plug.
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