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Old 01-25-17, 05:15 PM
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XLC BF-A01 fork

Does anyone have any experience with the XLC BF-A01 fork? Seen here:https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content...5D=2400;page=2
I stumbled across it whilst perusing german websites (as one does), and it *might* fit the bill of what I was (kind of) searching for.
(Background - I'm building up a 26" touring/camping/adventure crasher bike on an old Ti mtb frame. Look - this project has already got some... questionable decisions, but I'm gonna do it and so I'm gonna do it the best I can.) Anyway.

Before I spring for it, I'm trying to track down some info. So if you know... what's the offset? And what sort of tire clearance does it have? And, the linked sale page mentions it's suspension corrected, but I haven't seen that stated anywhere else, including the XLC katalog. So is that a fact or alt-fact?

Is this idiotic, and should I just buy the LHT fork I was originally planning on?

Thanks!
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For a Ti frame I'ld be looking for a light fork. With the AL blades and the price sounds like worth trying. Will they take it back if it looks wrong and you don't install it? Their description sounds like it should work.
Good luck.
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Aluminum fork seems harsh feeling. Admittedly, i dont know it it would be or not. I rode a cannondale road bike with an aluminum fork for 15mi once and decided against ever doing that again. I might be weak though!

I would go for the nashbar cromo 26" fork thats suspension corrected, a surly fork, or a kona project 2 straight fork.

The surly fork will come with their 3 hole setup to allow for easy and sturdy mounting of salsa anything cages, or something like that. If bikepacking, that versatility could really help.
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Looks like it's a long blade 'suspension corrected' fork..

Made to replace a Suspension fork.. that what you want to do?
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Thanks for the feedback, all, I believe I've got my answer.
To clarify - no, I'm not looking for a suspension corrected fork. The frame I'm working with was built up fully rigid. So that clears up that.

To drag it out a bit more - does anyone have a favorite 26" non-suspension corrected fork they'd recommend? Lots of eyelets, including mid-blade, a near requisite. Hoping to run with a porteur rack as everyday kit and add a tubus tara when actually touring on it. Could go rim or disc brake. 1-1/8" steerer. I've got a steepish headtube angle, not perfect but pretty good considering it's a 90s conversion project. I'm planning on a Surly LHT fork at present, unless someone has a good suggestion for other.

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Would custom be an option? I'm thinking maybe Co-motion. Yea I know. A lot more money!!
You also have some excellent local framebuilders.
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https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...s.php?id=86792
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Shipping cost from the UK would not be very cheap, but these are an option for your 26 inch bike. The Nomad forks are suspension corrected, but the others are not. These are rim brake only, not disc. Some of them have the brake posts on the back, not front, not sure if that would be an issue for you. On the back and it only works with V brakes, not cantilever.
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/thorn-re.../?size=26+inch

The mid-fork mounts are in front of the fork, not inset inside it. That changes the rack geometry a bit as the mounts are further forward on the rack than with most other low rider racks. For that reason, Tubus Tara might not work that well, my Tubus Ergo works well on the Sherpa fork.
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Thanks errbody. Pretty into the uncorrected surly troll, we'll see how it goes!
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Certainly go with a Surly fork or something similar. XLC stuff is garbage. I have unfortunately had to sell and have used some of their products and wouldn't recommend them. Their brake pads were especially nasty, like a mushy clump of seaweed (the calipers were Dura Ace and the levers SRAM TT levers with relatively fresh cables/housing and no adjustments were made to the brake from the previous Jagwire pads nor the newer DA pads which felt much better)
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