Ti La Cruz made for 47mm rake fork and I just got a 45mm carbon fork...handling diff?
What can I expect?
I see the Ti La Cruz was made for a 47mm rake fork..dunno why. Chainlove had the Shimano PRO carbon forks on sale for $130 so I took the leap. It has the steel La Cruz non-disc fork now which I assume is 47mm though it could very well be a 45mm. I'm not sure if Salsa made a 47mm La Cruz fork.
To top off the confusion, I only see the PRO carbon fork by Shimano listed as having a 48mm offset and Chainlove/Bonktown has been known to have erroneous info listed. I don't know if Shimano makes the fork in 45mm.
What say ye?! Does any of this crap really matter?
I figure losing half a pound is a good thing and after I sell my steelie it'll only cost me around $50.
Assuming the fork length is roughly the same and so doesn't change things too I doubt very much that you will notice 2mm or so difference in fork rake. You'd be more likely to notice a big difference in lateral stiffness or ride quality, if there is one.
Got the fork installed a few days ago. It was marked as 48mm rake, so I'm good to go! As an added bonus I didn't have to cut the fork. It was close to the perfect length, so I just left it. I was also unfamiliar with the bolt system in the steerer, it was a sort of star nut as opposed to a compression nut. I dunno so I just left it. Looks great. Has a grey accent in the decal that matches the Ti.