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  1. #1
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    Carbon or Steel Rigid Fork for a Clyde's Fitness Bike ?

    Happy new year guys.

    6'2" X 265 clyde here

    Looking for a fork for my old Marin hardtail that I am converting to fully rigid for mainly road fitness riding. The old Manitou Magnum fork on it won't hold me up anymore.

    Might take it on tame trails/bike paths, but not like I used to ride on my Jamis Dakar LT back when I was younger and lighter.

    The cool Trigon carbon forks on Ebay have caught my eye, but are they safe?

    Would I do better with a cheap, steel fork?

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

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    In general, carbon fiber these days in safe enough for clydes. I'd be comfortable buying a CF fork from a reputable source. But a super cheap no-name generic brand off of e-bay? Maybe not so much. Google around for some reviews or something and learn more about these forks before you buy one. Steel is way less risky and a lot less expensive. Personally, I'd get a Surly or Salsa rigid steel fork. But if you're deadset on CF, take a look at the On One offerings.
    Surly Cross Check: fat tire roadie
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    I second this, Carbon is fine from a reputable company but no name off eBay is a gamble at best.

    I ride steel at 225# as much for the security as for the ride. Nothing rides like steel...nothing. Since weight isn't a concern for most Clydes, that's the route I'd recommend. For the record I ride on a Surly.

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