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    Quote Originally Posted by woolly View Post
    For road, I've got both, & that's just swell. But do any canti-equipped carbon forks even exist that don't look like total ass?
    Yes, the Edge and Reynolds are two, but they're cross forks with lots of length,
    like 395mm...and there aren't a lot of different rake options. The Edge cross fork
    is very nice, it comes with 47mm of rake. I think the Reynolds is around on closeout,
    it's discontinued, in all sizes, but 45mm rake ones are around if you look.

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    Never again. As much as I enjoy holding Richard's feet to the fire...if I were to do it over, I'd never build around a fork on a full rigid bike again. Not saying it's wrong for builders that do, God knows I did it plenty, but I wouldn't do it now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archibald View Post
    Never again. As much as I enjoy holding Richard's feet to the fire...if I were to do it over, I'd never build around a fork on a full rigid bike again. Not saying it's wrong for builders that do, God knows I did it plenty, but I wouldn't do it now.
    hey mister hindsight is 20-20 man if i were to do it over again i would have
    pursued my education and not done a bike gig atmo. but like - whatever. so
    talk to e-RICHIE about this "...build around a fork" issue you're posting about.
    to use the OED's most appropriate diction to ax you: what the fuck are you
    talking about, willis?
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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    hey mister hindsight is 20-20 man if i were to do it over again i would have
    pursued my education and not done a bike gig atmo. but like - whatever. so
    talk to e-RICHIE about this "...build around a fork" issue you're posting about.
    to use the OED's most appropriate diction to ax you: what the fuck are you
    talking about, willis?
    signed,
    e-RICHIE
    It means they either used a fork I built or they could get their frame elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archibald View Post
    It means they either used a fork I built or they could get their frame elsewhere.
    Archipedia 3.18 atmo -
     

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    Glad I did a search before I asked the same question..

    The gentleman who is building my a second frame for me is more than willing to put a carbon fork on, he has one on one of his frames.

    The last frame he built for me has a steel fork and rides like a dream...
    But I would like to try carbon ala Dario

    The builder in question built his first frame at 19. He is now 74 and has been quietly building all that time. There is no question about his craftsmanship and skill. He has built many, many frames and has a rock solid reputation

    I'd like a lighter fork and enjoy the way the ride and think it could be great with a steel frame
    But steel forks look better than bloated plastic...
    Plus I could really do with losing 10lbs

    50 years of experience versus a hunch. Hmm
     

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    Default Re: Carbon forks vs Pre-Fab forks on Custom Rigs

    why custom carbon frame builders does not make custom carbon forks?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman View Post
    why custom carbon frame builders does not make custom carbon forks?
    Because you'd have to cut a new mold for everyone, maybe you could do it in aluminum instead of tool steel if they're only going to be used a few times, but still hugely expensive in development and machining.

    You could do it tube-to-tube, but a Wound-Up is already not competitive and there's no way you're gonna beat them at an even smaller scale


    Serotta went the furthest with it, with different layups available for tuning and all that jazz

    but the investment in that was a major part of what sunk the company


    Seven offers their own carbon forks, where they can customize the rake over a huge range with the same mold by changing the dropouts
     

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    I love my Hampsten Strada Bianca, but have to admit I'm not crazy about the look of the Seven 5e medium reach fork. It's just a bit clunky. Someone once described it as looking like painted elephant tusks. I wish it had straight blades. I'm really curious to have Zank or Seven or someone build a steel straight blade fork to fit the frame and see how it works. Would be nice to paint it to match the titanium, too. Can stainless steel be used for forks? That would be something worth considering, too.
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    apparently platinum paint looks exactly like ti
    Yay bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thomas View Post
    Can stainless steel be used for forks?
    Yes it can
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Neide View Post
    Yes it can
    With the following caveat, forwarded to me recently by a friend in the UK who is currently having a frame custom-built with Reynolds 953 main tubes:

    "The finished bike needs to have 853 forks as Reynolds have recommended not putting a disc brake on a 953 fork as the tubing is too thin for the force that will be put through it."
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