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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:44 pm 
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hi rodies,
i planing to build my 1996 brodie rodie steel frame in the next weeks. will mostly go for current components because i plan to use it regularly as main ride. i have not yet decided on the forks. should i stick with the old alloy fork or should i buy a carbon road fork? what would you recommend?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:46 pm 
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I had an old Time Carbon for on an even older Motobicane - made a hell of a difference to the ride.

Thats my small experience....


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:50 pm 
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legrandefromage wrote:
I had an old Time Carbon for on an even older Motobicane - made a hell of a difference to the ride.

positive or negative difference? :D


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:53 pm 
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soryy - definitely positive


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Steel is dependable and cheap.


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chris667 wrote:
Steel is dependable and cheap.

sure, thats why i chose that frame. but the original fork is alloy i.e. very stiff. i have never ridden a road bike so i don't know which way to go.


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carbon forks have a little more shock absorbtion to them, they seem to soak up vibration

With steel forks, the rake acts as the shock/ vibration absorber.

Alu forks can be very very unforgiving.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:02 pm 
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I'm in a similar position on two road bikes I'm having repainted. I am having one of the bikes original chromoly fork painted also but think in the end I'm going to wind up with carbon forks on both. Seems like it's getting increasingly tougher to find nice 1" carbon period correct forks though. They have been getting grabbed up the past few years and the selection is thinner.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:39 pm 
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Definately carbon if you actually are going to ride it, no ride quality with alloy forks.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:12 am 
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Yes, it's hard to find a 1" steerer carbon fork. Usually they have Alu or steel steerers, this may be because a carbon steerer in the thinner diameter is getting a bit marginal.


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