Likes Likes:  0
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 41

Thread: Titanium forks?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    843
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Titanium forks?

    Does anyone do these (well)? What are the pros and cons of this? It might be cost prohibitive, but I am looking at having a ti disc CX frame made for me, and thought a matching material fork would be cool. That said, I recall only hearing bad things about ti forks, so I am wondering if anyone out there has figured it out and makes an outstanding fork?
     

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    1,306
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    Dean

    Black Sheep
     

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    491
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    2nd on contacting James at Black Sheep.

    Don't get a Sibex/Spicer

     

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    843
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    yeah, thats not what I want to see.

    So, my question is not as much whether if CAN be done, but whether it should be done? I assumed that I would use an ENVE fork, then thought more about a nice steel one, and now wonder whether I should get all matchy and have a ti one built.

    James is not who will be building the frame, but I suppose he isnt averse to putting his fork on a pretty handmade frame by one of his peers?
     

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Jackson,WY
    Posts
    102
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    Call Rody. He knows.
     

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    1,306
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    Moots paints there's to match the ti. That's as good a recommendation against a ti fork as I could ever see. :)
     

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    843
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    Quote Originally Posted by rphetteplace View Post
    Moots paints there's to match the ti. That's as good a recommendation against a ti fork as I could ever see. :)
    Good point. They would be the masters, if any.
     

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Wellesley, MA
    Posts
    771
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    Quote Originally Posted by rphetteplace View Post
    Dean

    Black Sheep
    saw this Black Sheep ti fork while browsing Flickr:
    Complete. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

     

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    MD
    Posts
    544
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    I have to believe that in order to get a disc ti fork to be rigid enough that it's going to have to be one big tube. Something like a Cannondale Badboy Lefty in ti might work. Won't be light. A carbon version (from Spain?) weighs 7-800g.
     

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    1,199
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    There's always stainless steel.
     

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Ourense, Spain
    Posts
    642
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    Quote Originally Posted by sine View Post
    I have to believe that in order to get a disc ti fork to be rigid enough that it's going to have to be one big tube. Something like a Cannondale Badboy Lefty in ti might work. Won't be light. A carbon version (from Spain?) weighs 7-800g.
    Yes, Black Cat Bone's Lucy


    Several friends have XACD made ti forks on their mountain bikes with no problems at all. Sibex forks were too light.
    luis prado alonso

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Petaluma, CA
    Posts
    421
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    Check out Titanium Road Forks - do they work???, especially Tom Kellogg's response.

    I researched this for months and found no conclusive feedback either way. For applications where no comparable carbon fiber fork exists, a Ti fork by a reputable manufacturer (Black Sheep) is appealing and it won't be considerably more expensive than a steel equivalent. My application would be for a road bike with post mount Paul Racers, but this appeared to not be the best utilization of Tiís primary qualities (springiness). For a fork to be stiff enough for a 50+ mph twisty descent under my 240 lbs, the blades would have to be quite large (which is possible per Black Sheep), but you still have a fork made of a material that is inherently springy without the shock dissipative qualities of either carbon fiber or steel.

    Iíd say if a carbon fork exists for your application go that way. If the added weight of steel doesnít turn you off then thatĎs likely the best alternative. Itís not likely youíll miss out on anything unless bling-factor is important.
     

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Donegal, Ireland
    Posts
    137
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    Seven Cycles will not make Ti forks for their Ti frames. Their explanation is that to do it right (=both sufficiently light and sufficiently safe) would be cost prohibitive. But if you're going to go that route anyway, everyone I know recommends Black Sheep.

    FWIW I have a Ti fork on my Brompton; but with a small wheel bike it is a different ball game.


  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    1,306
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    2nd on contacting James at Black Sheep.

    Don't get a Sibex/Spicer

    lightest fork EVER!!!!
     

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    843
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    Yeah, I think I will scrap this. I own an ENVE fork that works great, so why mess with what works?

    Also, if I lose 10 lbs by delivery time, it will offset the weight penalty of a steel fork ;)
     

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    18
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    Quote Originally Posted by sparky33 View Post
    saw this Black Sheep ti fork while browsing Flickr:
    Complete. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!


    Yeah, that's a very nice bike ;)

    The Ti fork is good. It's slightly-flexy, but I'm happy with how the bike rides.
     

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    arlington, mass.
    Posts
    700
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    I had James at Black Sheep make me this:





    No issues. Great fork.

    Also had XACD (China) make this fork:



    Super beefy. Quality is also super nice.

    bobby earle's 2016 dana-farber marathon challenge boston marathon blog

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Posts
    216
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    Quote Originally Posted by MisterDangerPants View Post
    I had James at Black Sheep make me this:





    No issues. Great fork.

    Also had XACD (China) make this fork:



    Super beefy. Quality is also super nice.
    Both of those forks are nice! How much does the beefy disc fork weigh?
     

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    1,133
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    i've got a titanium spork...

    (sorry, couldnt help it)


  20. #20
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Philadelphia, PA
    Posts
    3,716
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Titanium forks?

    The truss forks that Jeff Jones and Black Sheep are making are interesting. Not sure I'd want a traditional ti fork, but as always MDP has the goods...
     

Similar Threads

  1. Straight leg forks...meh
    By Shawn G in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 45
    Last Post: 04-11-2011, 10:59 AM
  2. Forks: CF vs Steel
    By false_aesthetic in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 10-25-2010, 09:55 PM
  3. CX Forks: thoughts please
    By SpeedyChix in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 09-23-2010, 03:52 PM
  4. Forks.
    By jsrieck in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 09-21-2010, 01:28 PM

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •