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Old 07-22-09, 09:05 PM
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Novice question im sure,
My buddy is looking around craigslist for a new bike and she found one that looked weird to me. I realized it was because the fork kind of had a swoop foreword to it, where as most bikes i see (including mine) has a fork that goes straight down from the stem. Assuming she finds a bike, it will get converted to a single speed if it isnt already.
Is there any advantage to having a straight or bent fork?
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Old 07-22-09, 09:31 PM
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what your referring to is called "rake" and both straight and curved forks have it, straight forks are basically what you'd get if you drew a straight line from a curved fork's crown to that fork's dropouts.
some say curved forks absorb more road vibration, some say materials matter more, others just like the look of one over the other.
theres nothing wrong with the bike in question, and the amount of rake a fork has determines how quick and responsive it's ability to turn left and right. track bikes generally have shorter rake and therefore twitchier handling, which is good when making quick maneuvers on the track, less awesome for general use. road bikes have a longer rake and are generally thought of as more "easy to ride". an extreme example would be a beach cruiser which has a TON of rake, making it handles like a Cadillac rather than a sports car. im by no means an authority, so if someone has anything to correct, please jump in

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are you talking about rake?
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thank you iamthenoise, that answered my question.
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