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Rigid carbon forks

Post by ozboz » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:31 pm

Hiya, Im after some carbon forks, ive checked out the exotic ones but they are all out of stock that would fit my bike, which other ones are worth a look at , at reasonable price ?
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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by trob6 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:46 pm

I have just got some Prong forks after many recommendations from this site, I think they are very well priced for the quality and ride you get.
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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by ScotRoutes » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:53 pm

Check out ebay.com. There are any number of carbon forks on sale for decent prices. I've been running some on my Titanium bikepacking bike for the past 3 years or so.

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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by pistonbroke » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:54 pm

Need a bit more info. What steerer do you need, tapered or straight, carbon or alu? Axle type, 9mm qr, 12, 15 or 20mm through axle? Axle to crown length? Fixings for bottle or cargo cages? Disc brake mount, flat mount or ISO? Bike type, mtb, gravel,CX, or road? Boost or standard width? Sure that about covers it.

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Post by lune ranger » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:32 pm

I got some recently from an Italian online shop: ridewill.it
They are a brand called Era Ora. First impressions are good. I felt a little more comfortable getting these forks(£100 ish) rather than some direct from China ones on eBay. I figure (rightly/wrongly??) that they may be more reliable bought from an actual shop in the EU.
I had some fairly bizarre spec needs. Tapered steerer, 9x100mm qr, 29+ and these guys had the choices available.
They’ve not been fitted long or ridden much so don’t take this as long term review but quality is apparently good.... fingers crossed I won’t loose my face due to a sudden failure!

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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by Alexinthepeaks » Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:52 am

Defo more info needed on what type of fork...but Kinesis have launched a new fork called the Range. Looks Good....

https://www.kinesisbikes.co.uk/Catalogu ... ture/RANGE

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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by freddy_tanner » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:10 pm

I'm on a kenisis maxlight.

Was a bit worried it might be a bit harsh, what with it being marketed as a race-y fork. Shouldn't have worried, its really quite comfy.

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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by JohnClimber » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:28 am

Spend a bit more and get Lauf forks, lightweight, maintenance free and much more comfortable than any rigid carbon fork that I've ever ridden on and owned.
Unless your young and can absorb the bumps that is, but now I'm too old for off road rigid carbon forks

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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by ScotRoutes » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:44 am

It's not an age thing.

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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by ozboz » Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:49 am

Thanks for replies fellas, it’s given me a few options to look at , carbon cycles are not very good t replying up to now ,
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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by ozboz » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:14 am

I got some Exotic in the end , I had to register to their forum to get through to them , but any way they should be here by weekend if all goes well

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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by Mariner » Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:39 pm

Now ozboz is sorted can I try please?

Carbon UD Matt 29er take a 3 inch tyre.
15x100mm axle, disc mount, tapered Aluminium steerer
and a hole at the crown for mounting things.

Can find everything but the tapered Al tube or tyre size although would accept a generous 2.4 tyre size.
These are just to get a new build commissioned and sorted pending a later upgrade and curiosity about
'cheap' forks vs say Whiskey or Enve. Had a Firestarter on my Fargo and would rather take the weight and
go Reba than spend £600 for a carbon.

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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by sean_iow » Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:02 pm

Mariner wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:39 pm
Carbon UD Matt 29er take a 3 inch tyre.
15x100mm axle, disc mount, tapered Aluminium steerer
and a hole at the crown for mounting things.
Can I ask why the aluminum steerer? My Travers Prongs have a carbon steerer which is moulded integral with the fork. Looking at how this is done and with my basic knowledge of making things in composite I would think it's easier to make a strong fork this way than try and bond an aluminum steerer to a carbon fork.
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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by lune ranger » Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:43 pm

Mariner wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:39 pm
Now ozboz is sorted can I try please?

Carbon UD Matt 29er take a 3 inch tyre.
15x100mm axle, disc mount, tapered Aluminium steerer
and a hole at the crown for mounting things.

Can find everything but the tapered Al tube or tyre size although would accept a generous 2.4 tyre size.
These are just to get a new build commissioned and sorted pending a later upgrade and curiosity about
'cheap' forks vs say Whiskey or Enve. Had a Firestarter on my Fargo and would rather take the weight and
go Reba than spend £600 for a carbon.
Try Era Ora forks at Ridewill.it
Pretty sure they will have a cheap fork to match your requirements sans alu steerer. Mine are 9mm qr version for 3.0 29er tyre.
They are new so can’t give a comprehensive view but all looks ok thus far.

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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by Mart » Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:52 am

Ive used my Travers Prong for a few years now and like it a lot :-bd
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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by Mariner » Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:05 pm

Can I ask why the aluminum steerer?
Reason for Ali steerer on carbon is because the recommendation not to have more than a stem width +/- a nats of carbon tube sticking out the top of the head tube. And yes I know nobody else actually believes this.
Plenty of straight Ali steerers on carbon listed on ebay and Aliexpress but for tapered it all appears to be carbon so maybe a technical reason for this.

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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by sean_iow » Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:42 pm

Ah, I don't remember seeing any info when I bought my Prong about the max length above the top bearing. I think I have 30mm or 35mm of spacers on mine.

You could use a straight steerer one and just put an adapter on the fork for use in a tapered headset? I think this adapter just goes on the steerer and makes it the same size as a tapered one would be at the bottom bearing location. It says for a hope headset but as far as I can tell it would work with any headset as it just increased the diameter of the steerer.

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/hop ... gPEALw_wcB
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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by Mariner » Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:44 pm

Sean

That was in the back of mind to mod a straight steerer but worth looking around first.
Frame not due until late November so plenty of time.

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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by ScotRoutes » Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:06 pm

Mariner wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:05 pm
Can I ask why the aluminum steerer?
Reason for Ali steerer on carbon is because the recommendation not to have more than a stem width +/- a nats of carbon tube sticking out the top of the head tube. And yes I know nobody else actually believes this.
Plenty of straight Ali steerers on carbon listed on ebay and Aliexpress but for tapered it all appears to be carbon so maybe a technical reason for this.
Where did you see this recommendation?

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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by wriggles » Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:42 pm

On carbon steerers 40mm of spacers between stem and headset is the maximum I have always worked to (and 5mm of steerer above the stem). No idea where it came from. Enve, Fairlight and Kinesis all state thats the maximum they recommend and will void the fork warranty if its exceeded. Whether you choose to exceed that is down to personal choice. I have on one bike.

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Re: Rigid carbon forks

Post by ScotRoutes » Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:24 pm

That's quite a different recommendation from the one that Mariner outlined.

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