New fork for TI frame

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skiezo
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by skiezo

I am looking to upgrade the fork on my Dean TI bike. At the present time in is sporting a Ritchey pro fork from 2006.
I am seeing some light stress cracks were the drop outs are glued into the fork body. I am not sure if they are just in the finnish or into the carbon. So to be safe I will be replacing the fork in the next few weeks. This one has the alloy drop outs glued into the fork body. I am looking for a one piece fork. (No glued in drop outs).
This bike has a long HT so I need a 43degree fork with a steer tube of about 220cm. It will have a 10cm spacer below the stem and a 10cm spacer above the stem. It will be going into a standard TI king HS. I would also like straight fork legs as opposed to curved.
I would like a few options for a replacement.
ENVE 2.0 is at the top of my list. Any other I should look at?
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Skiezo

nspace
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by nspace

Just putting in my vote for the Enve. I have one on my Ti bike and have been very pleased!

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lannes
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by lannes

I'd also have a look at the 3T Funda Team

http://www.3tcycling.com/forks/funda

Dimitri
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by Dimitri

ive owned the 3t fork. they dont look as nice in person. its actually an "aero" for and looks a bit funny (to me) from some angles. also the headset compression system is a little bit annoying. there is an alloy sleeve that you need to glue in. actually not a bad idea but you do need to let the epoxy dry over night before riding.

enve 1.0 would be my first choice.

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Juanmoretime
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by Juanmoretime

I love my Alpha Q GS 30 on my Lynskey R320. I know they are not made anymore and that is why I have a new one stashed.

Are the forks your considering the same dropout to crown length?
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WeightySteve
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by WeightySteve

I've just gone enve1.0 on my litespeed archon Ti. fantastic upgrade.

kode54
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by kode54

i had an Enve 2.0 on my Litespeed. one of the better upgrades on that frame. prior to...had a Reynolds Pro Ouzo with alloy steerer. the Enve felt like it dampened more road vibration.
- AX Lightness Vial EVO D + DA9150 + Enve SES 3.4 carbon hubs
- Parlee Altum + DA9150 + Enve SES 4.5 carbon hubs
- Parlee ESX + DA9150 + THM SRM PM + Enve SES 6.7 CK hubs
- Independent Fabrication Ti FLW + DA9100 + Enve 3.4 CK hubs

skiezo
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by skiezo

Juanmoretime wrote:I love my Alpha Q GS 30 on my Lynskey R320. I know they are not made anymore and that is why I have a new one stashed.

Are the forks your considering the same dropout to crown length?


That is a great question?????
On my spec sheet from the build in 05 it lists the dropout to crown length as 372mm and 43degree rake.
All the forks I have found are 368mm in 43degree rake.
I can not find any spec on the alpha Q forks.

I did find this tho and I will be looking at it in more detail before I drop the $$$$$$
http://sheldonbrown.com/rinard/forklengths.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

So will 4mm shorter make that much of a difference in the ride or handling?

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Juanmoretime
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by Juanmoretime

The Alpha Q is 371mm and so is the THM fork. King does make a crown race that os 5mm taller than the standard but i think its fugly.

Will you notice? Maybe. You might also have to change the level of your bars.
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dwaharvey
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by dwaharvey

4mm shorter axle to crown will correspond to an effective ~0.25 degree increase in head-angle. Whether that's something that you'll notice or care about only you can really answer. But unless you think the steering on your bike is already really fast, I'd say that you'll be fine with the change.

Rush
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by Rush

Think about what sorts of rims and tires you want to use.

It was recommended to me that if I want to run 25c tires, go the Enve over the 3T. My Enve 2.0 fork will just fit Michelin Pro Optimum 25c on Hed Belgium 23 mm rims. I think the Michelin 25c tires are on the larger side, compared to a Continental for example.

I doubt you'd get enough clearance on a 3T fork to run that.

skiezo
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by skiezo

I found a NOS EDGE branded fork from an online retailer. It has a crown to dropout length of 371mm and a 43degree rake. So it is about as close as I can find spec wise to my existing fork. I run a 25 on the rear and a 23 on the front so clearance will not be a problem. I ordered it today so it should be here the middle of next week.
I have a EVNE 1.0 fork on my steel bike that I had built so I now of the quality of there products.

Thanks
Skiezo

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by rowdysluggins

After 2 other carbon forks, I put an Enve 1.0 on my Merlin CR Works. I absolutely love it.

twigstim
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by twigstim

I've only ever had the chance to ride the funda, but I've always been green for the enve.

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by RichTheRoadie

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