because of the testimony of some peeps who ride kilos or other steel frames with carbon forks, and because it’s something to do to pass my time, i’m starting to think i want one for myself. i have a few questions, though…
is it fine to reuse the old (stock kilo) headset?
this says my offset (same thing as rake, yes?) is 45mm. i’m pretty sure what i have access to (various local shops/coops, ebay) will have mostly road forks; will there be any problem there?
Depends if you can get the crown race off the old fork without bending/destroying it.
No that’s fairly widely available.
Check Nashbar/Performance, they occasionally have sales on overstock stuff. If you run a short frame people put up new-ish forks that they cut too short all the time on ebay. Probably the best bang for buck would probably be a Ritchey Pro fork.
Should be no prob. If the bearings are of the non-cartridge variety, take the opportunity to replace the balls (should cost less than $2) with some fresh grease (from a tube, not some open-top bucket type thing that’s all contaminated)
45mm and 43mm are the most common, you can consider them to be interchangeable.
Stuff regularly turns up for cheap on thEbay but I would be cautious about running anything too old or too used.
if you use a race puller and regrease it sure. i suggest making the investment in a decent mid priced sealed bearing headset. there are plenty of options.
no. if it really bothers you and you have a shit ton of money, order a carbon track fork. more room with a road fork means more toe clip space/less overlap though.
dont get anything used, its carbon. personally I dont see the point in investing too much either. I know someone who has run a performance forte carbon road fork on his IRO for 3 years now, never had a problem. they actually have deals online right now for them to include a cane creek sealed headset as well.
CF is not made of tissue paper. Avoid a CF fork if you can see cracks or chips in it, or if the seller seems sketchy, or if you think the bike was crashed or some shit, but I’m using a fork I got used and I don’t have any concerns about it at all.
[quote=“Rusty Piton”][quote=“barba”]1. Get a new star nut if it is an aluminum steerer fork. If it is full carbon under no circumstances use a star nut.
What should be used instead?[/quote]
I do the same. Feed off of other’s fear of used carbon and get cheap forks! I got a use Ouzo Pro Aero for $60 this way! The steerer tube had a crack in it, but the crack was way above where I was going to cut it anyway, it’s totally fine now.
But yeah, if buying online, make sure you have good pictures of the steerer tube and the fork as a whole.