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    Good job! Fatback Carbon Fork

    The Speedway Carbon Fork- Superb !
    I took my Fatback (Alu) equipped with the new carbon fork for a two hour ride today.
    The trails were hard packed with a 2-4 inch layer of unconsolidated dry snow that was not groomed but was skied, hiked on and biked on since last night. My Fatback has Uma II wheel set with Hadley Hubs, it has a Larry up front and a Large Marge in the rear.
    The fork is precise, carves dreamy and truly compliments and enhances the already flickable and remarkable Fatback. It works for me.
    Oh, it's kind of light somewhere close to 880 grams-cut. Sorry no photos of the fork or action shots.

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    How much does it weigh?
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    Should be around 800 grams if I remember.

    Can't wait for mine on Wednesday.

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    Carbon Fork

    correct!! to much wine : ))

    Quote Originally Posted by Borgschulze
    Should be around 800 grams if I remember.

    Can't wait for mine on Wednesday.

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    How does it feel compared to the steel fork? More comfortable or harsher? Certainly lighter.
    No it never stops hurting, but if you keep at it you can go faster.

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    Good to know. Thanks for the review and thanks for hosting a great ride last weekend.
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    Glad I told Tim to add a carbon fork to my order at the last minute. Should be here this week!
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    mine was 1.88 lbs (~850 grams) with crown race and nut w/about a 1" cut off the steer tube

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    no pictures yet? geeez!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Fatback Carbon Fork-fatback-carbon-fork.jpg  

    litespeed's break

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    Looks sweet, will be posting mine up on Wednesday when it arrives

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    Looks like sometime in January for me. But I am sure it will be worth the wait.
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    How much travel?!


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    How much travel?!


    well, i could have bought a one way ticket to somewhere with the money this bad boy cost. i'd say it's awsomeness is worth it though.
    litespeed's break

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    "TRAVEL" ?

    Bada Bing --- nice ak
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    Is everyone just using the FSA supplied compression system?

    I want to use my nice red Hope top cap with it.. but it's a proprietary system.

    Also, anyone experiencing headset loosening with a Thomson stem?

    Fork rides awesome though, much better than the steel fork. Nice and easy to cut the steerer tube as well Saved 15 grams by cutting about 1.5" off.

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    Almost forgot to post photos!



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    compression sys

    yeah i wish i could use the king top cap. i think i like the compression system on my niner fork better, but i do have to tighten it on kind of a regular basis with a thomson x2 stem.

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    I see there is identical compression systems available that allow the use of any top cap Just have to buy one now

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    where?

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    Here

    Maybe this one

    This one probably uses a regular bolt

    This one looks identical to the one Speedway provided me except that it appears to use a regular bolt

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    The compression nut used in Easton carbon forks uses any top cap.

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    thanks...hopefully i can find one stateside. last time i ordered from there it too 6-weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockraptor5
    thanks...hopefully i can find one stateside. last time i ordered from there it too 6-weeks.
    Never been longer than a week for me. Had 3 orders in the last couple months.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Borgschulze

    Fork rides awesome though, much better than the steel fork.
    I think I have asked this question 2 or 3 other times of others but no one ever answers, so maybe you will be the one.

    It rides better because????

    I realize it is a pound or so lighter and that is good. It looks really cool and it's high tech, that is good. I'm sure it is stiffer but I have also heard than with many carbon forks they can be too stiff and offer a harsh ride. High frequency vibration is likely a lot more dampened over the steel. But is it plush-er-er too?

    There was a huge thread about carbon vs steel on the 29er forum. There were a lot of different answers to the same questions as usual. But one guy who said he had ridden and raceed about every rigid 29er fork on the market said that his favorite was 9ers carbon fork. The engineer from 9er had good reasons why it's better. But then he would of course.

    And speaking of...I wonder if that fork would work on a fat bike? It's tall enough. Maybe too tall? Wide enough?

    Oh btw...your bike looks bad ass.
    No it never stops hurting, but if you keep at it you can go faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgschulze
    Never been longer than a week for me. Had 3 orders in the last couple months.
    Agreed. I orders some Middleburn stuff from them about a month ago and it was cheaper than buying it in the states, they had it in stock, and they shipped it for free in a timely manner.
    No it never stops hurting, but if you keep at it you can go faster.

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    I'll let the other riders chime in on the differences they find between the two forks, but I will say this about other carbon forks.. Virtually all of the carbon forks 26" and 29" have an aluminum sleeve inside which makes them overly stiff, with the exception of the Pace, and the elusive DT Swiss. This includes the White Bros, the Origin8, the Pro, and the Lynskey (all the same fork). The Bontrager is also carbon wrapped aluminum.
    The Fatback carbon fork is all carbon, same with the Niner.
    Speedway Cycles owner http://fatbackbikes.com

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