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Best new carbon fork for Lemond Poprad?

Old 04-09-16, 09:42 AM
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Best new carbon fork for Lemond Poprad?

Just picked up a 2004 Lemond Poprad frame. Gonna use it as a road bike and a gravel bike. It has the alloy fork. Are there any modern carbon forks that do great on these frames? The axle to crown is 405 and the rake is 45mm. The geo chart lists the trail of the 59cm frame as 59.

I see some old posts on this and using spacers in the headsets. Wondering if there are any new forks or methods for replicating the original geometry. Or whether this upgrade is even worth it, it just seems weird to have a hunk of aluminum on this awesome 853 steel bike.
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So, why not just get a nice hand made Reynolds Tube steel fork made that matches the frame?
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Finding a carbon fork with similar geometry won't be easy. A steel Surly Cross Check fork has a 400mm axle to crown to axle length and a 44mm rake. See: Surly Cross Check Fork 700c 1-1/8" Threadless with New Crowns, Black - Modern Bike
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
Finding a carbon fork with similar geometry won't be easy. A steel Surly Cross Check fork has a 400mm axle to crown to axle length and a 44mm rake. See: Surly Cross Check Fork 700c 1-1/8" Threadless with New Crowns, Black - Modern Bike
What on earth are you talking about? 400mm axle-to-crown and 45mm rake is pretty much the standard for carbon cantilever cross forks. Identical except for 5mm less axle-to-crown length counts as "similar" in my book. It'll just drop the front end of the bike by 5mm. Won't appreciably affect the handling. Just pick up a Ritchey Comp or WCS cross fork and Bob's your uncle. Make up the 5mm drop with a 5mm spacer under the stem or a big honking King headset or something. NBD.

Oh, one thing to check first - is the original fork 1" or 1 1/8"? It's probably the latter, but this is the most important thing to be aware of. If you pick up a 1 1/8" fork when the bike originally took a 1" fork, you're SOL. 1" cross forks can still be found, but they're less common. I think Nashbar makes a 1" carbon fork. Most other options will be steel.

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Old 04-11-16, 07:55 PM
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Its 1 and 1/8". I'm not gonna pay $300 for a Ritchey fork so I may just leave it on there.
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Should I just get this Surly straggler fork?


Axle to Crown400Brake Mount (Fork)IS Disc Brake 160ColorBlackCrown Race30Defined ColorBlackFront Axle Type9mm x 100mmMaterialSteelMaximum Tire Clearance (Fork)50Offset44Rotor Size160S.H.I.S. Stem Clamp Diameter28.6Steerer TubeStraightSteerer Tube Length350Weight1134Wheel Size700c
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I've been riding the bike for the past 3 years but I want a disc brake up front and steel is better than alu, sooo I don't know what to get and this is cheaper than buying a new bike.
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Try a carbon fork. I have a couple from china no problems after a year plus.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/HYLIX-1-1-8...cAAOSwPCVYAfkf
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