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Carbon Fork Question

Old 01-17-10, 10:49 PM
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Carbon Fork Question

Hi guys,

I found this fork on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Carbon...ef=pd_sbs_sg_2

Do you think this is a good deal, and would it fit my Windsor Clockwork?

Thanks
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Old 01-17-10, 11:04 PM
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What are you trying to accomplish by replacing the fork? The answer to that question will determine whether that particular fork is a good choice.
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Old 01-17-10, 11:22 PM
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Pfft of course it would fit..... but likely at the cost of frame geometry.
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I want to replace the fork mostly for looks and maybe some weight savings.

I've been playing with the thought of replacing it for a while because I heard, and correct me if it's wrong, that a carbon fork will improve ride smoothness over my current one?

I'm still learning, so if it's a bad idea to get, or simply not worth it, I'd be glad to find out before I buy it.
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Old 01-17-10, 11:36 PM
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It's a fine fork. It will soften the rider a little. It will look like a carbon fork, whether or not you think carbon on steel looks good is up to you.

And don't listen to the idiot happypills, it's has the same rake as the fork already on the bike, no geometry will change.
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I can't find the rake of the stock fork on your bike to compare. I wouldn't mess with that if I were you. I seriously doubt the ride quality will be dampened relative to the steel fork on there now, but that's kind of subjective anyway. It'll probably feel a little different. If I were going to replace the fork on my bike it would be to run a disc brake. Something to consider.
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Originally Posted by stryper View Post
And don't listen to the idiot happypills, it's has the same rake as the fork already on the bike, no geometry will change.
Wuteverz; I didn't say it will; it was in a broader sense. And I won't give the time/care to research a BD bike for my own reasons.....
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Old 01-18-10, 07:34 AM
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"Windsors run a 40-43 rake"
It could be a whole 1 or 2 difference. That will hardly effect geometry.

As far as if it's a bid enough difference to notice, ride a friends or test ride a stores bike that is steel with a carbon fork. if you can notice it and you like what you feel, then go for it
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Originally Posted by ismellfish2 View Post
I seriously doubt the ride quality will be dampened relative to the steel fork on there now, but that's kind of subjective anyway.
hmmm...

when i replaced my stock kilo fork with a generic carbon fork, the difference in ride quality was night and day. maybe it's because i ride on rough streets so YMMV.
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Originally Posted by tFUnK View Post
hmmm...

when i replaced my stock kilo fork with a generic carbon fork, the difference in ride quality was night and day. maybe it's because i ride on rough streets so YMMV.
Could be- I've never had one. I would have thought carbon forks making the ride more comfortable would be true on an aluminum frame, but steel has some give to it already, and the Windsor he's got has curved fork blades.

Try it out! It's cheap.
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The only real value to be achieved is to lighten the front end. Steel forks have a good enough ride as it is--- and this is a dirt cheap carbon fork. I'd be shocked if it ever sold for full retail.

Originally Posted by ismellfish2 View Post
Could be- I've never had one. I would have thought carbon forks making the ride more comfortable would be true on an aluminum frame, but steel has some give to it already, and the Windsor he's got has curved fork blades.

Try it out! It's cheap.
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Old 01-18-10, 01:18 PM
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you want to save weight and make the ride quality better on your bd bike? get better wheels,saddle and pedals!
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Originally Posted by letsgetsandy View Post
you want to save weight and make the ride quality better on your bd bike? get better wheels,saddle and pedals!
Done, done, and done.

I just really like the look of carbon forks, plus adding ride quality would be a total bonus.

My only concern was whether or not it was a total garbage fork since it is pretty cheap.
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Old 01-18-10, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by TheGerman View Post
My only concern was whether or not it was a total garbage fork since it is pretty cheap.
define garbage fork
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Old 01-18-10, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by ichitz View Post
define garbage fork
Well, I'm not expecting top of the line quality here, but it would be a waste of money if it broke within a year.

I basically would just want to know whether or not it is worth buying at that price, or whether you get what you pay for holds true here as well?
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Old 01-18-10, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by ichitz View Post
define garbage fork
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Originally Posted by cord13 View Post
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That is a totally awesome pic!
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Old 01-18-10, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by cord13 View Post
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This is full of win.

And the same fork rake principle would only apply if the fork length is the same.
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/rinard/forklengths.htm
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that trash can is unbelievable!

OP, it's cheap. Just get it.
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that fork is not carbon fiber. they call it a composite because it's mostly aluminum. the carbon fiber on there is more like a sticker than a full carbon body. if youre doing street riding and/or tricks it would be better so you dont snap a full carbon fork. the carbon on composite forks does a decent job of dampening vibration but not as much as a full carbon would.

also, it doesnt seem like this purchase would really be in the name of performance. you'll have a much better ride with a steel frame and steel fork. but if you just like the look of carbon fiber weave, then yeah grab one of the aluminum with the carbon wrap like that amazon photo.
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^^Or for even cheaper, just get some carbon fiber decals and do it yourself. That is, if looks were the only reason.
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^^ OR
just wrap it to look like this:

https://www.streetwrapz.com/

PIMPIN'!
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Originally Posted by spcialzdspksman View Post
^^ OR
just wrap it to look like this:

https://www.streetwrapz.com/

PIMPIN'!
do want.
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