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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:32 pm 
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I've finally got my hands on a Salsa La Raza, and I'm about to acquire [another] high quality steel frame.

I'm poised on the verge of sending my La Raza over to Argos or Mercian for a fancy paint-job, and in the back of my mind I was thinking about ditching the carbon forks it came with. Now I am thinking: it'd look ace if I got some steel forks and had them painted to match the frame.

I'm a fan of skinny, straight-bladed steel forks. However, I have no idea on where to get a modern set. Any ideas?


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I'd get Argos or Mercian to light up their brazing torches and make some!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:27 pm 
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hamster wrote:
I'd get Argos or Mercian to light up their brazing torches and make some!


I've been doing loads of hunting today and it looks like that's my best bet.
IF make some nice ones but I suspect they're eye-wateringly dear.

I thought I'd be able to get some nice, boutique-ey ones...

Also, looking at the IF website, its making me feel inadequate and stupid for having such a cheap, shi*ty frame in the first place. So probably be best to stop looking anyway.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:38 pm 
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try Neil Orrell in manchester

top frame builder


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Chris Marshall in Keighley will make and spray some for you.

Phone him on - 01535 691073


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:58 pm 
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Location: Completely in the dark, thanks to me good mate Terry....
Currently up for auction (seller is in St. Andrews) and possibly of interest;

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Reynolds-fork-str ... 230c3bb028

There is a Buy it Now option on these, too.

David


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David B wrote:
Currently up for auction (seller is in St. Andrews) and possibly of interest;

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Reynolds-fork-str ... 230c3bb028

There is a Buy it Now option on these, too.

David


That's the sort of thing I had in mind, but I'm running 1 1/8" threadless.
I've also found these, I thought they might go well on a modern La Raza but they don't have much of a pedigree:

http://salsacycles.com/components/casseroll_fork/


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get the carbon ones painted to match too ?


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latman wrote:
get the carbon ones painted to match too ?


I did think about that... I don't know, I've got skinny steel in the windmills of my mind now.

I thought the Salsa forks were a bit ugly and earlier I found out they need long drop calipers - no way José!

I expected someone somewhere would be selling some skinny Precisia-a-likes with a sexy crown, but I haven't found anything yet.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:58 pm 
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Well that tells me the geometry must be different (shorter legs) if you get a steel fork for shorter calipers , as well as different weight and "feel"(and you need to buy at least one brake caliper) and thats not even considering trail etc.

ps you could get the carbon ones painted to match even if you have no intention to use them (or just keep them black woven which will make them easier to sell IMO)


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