I’m trying to buy a fork for my Battaglin and found this on Ebay. I’m guessing that the steer tube hasn’t been cut but I’m still not sure that it will work. My head tube is freaking huge…about 8 1/4" from top to bottom. I asked the seller how long the steer tube is and I haven’t received an answer yet. Thanks for any help.
I think the Soma with Tange tubing in black or white is in the $80 range with a 1" steerer (threadless with 300 mm steerer or threaded with 170 mm, 200 mm, or 230 mm steerer). I’m looking into the chrome one for a project I am working on - that sells for about $118 new.
I do obsess over this stuff. I appreciate the reality check.
I already bought carbon fiber Campy Chorus brifters for 125.00. Once I go home and sell off my old road bike I’m going to complete this one. I’ll only have three bikes at that point…the La Cruz, Battaglin and a Fuji townie. I’m selling off other things that I don’t need in order to afford it. I could spend my money more wisely but I justify it by not drinking or smoking cigarettes. Instead, I spend my money on bikes and food…and records…and rent.
I really like having nice bikes because I love to ride, and when your bike is nice you want to ride it.
I’ll chill on the fork, but I must replace the headset…
I think the best 1" fork is probably an Easton EA90. I wouldn’t worry too much about rake, with road bikes they’re all within a few degrees and changing that doesn’t amount to a huge difference in handling. I also probably wouldn’t worry about a new fork until you’re sure you like the bike and all that.