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    cromoly vs hi-ten fork mtl question

    Thought this was the best forum for opinions on mtls, although its not specifically a frame building question. Whats the approximate weight difference between a 80s Japanese production fork made of cromoly vs hi-ten? Given the same butted frame would the difference of a hi-ten or a cromo fork be noticeable from a handling perspective(significant or otherwise, and yeah, probably subjective)? Bike is a mid 80s Bridgestone T500(touring), cromo butted frame but has a hi-ten fork.

    thanks, Brian

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    Frame and fork weights will vary all over the place depending on size, intended use, price point, etc. In general hi-tensile stuff is heavier and cheaper but a hi-ten road fork could certainly be lighter than a cromoly mountain bike fork.

    In terms of handling, the Young's numbers are the same for pretty much all steel so assuming similar tube profiles and geometry, you won't notice much/any difference in how the bike feels or handles.

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    Also, just to add for confirmation:

    1Kg chromoly = 1Kg hi-tensile steel
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    Thanks for the responses.

    "1Kg chromoly = 1Kg hi-tensile steel" Who'da thunk it!

    Brian

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