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    Cross Check fork vs On-One Pompino fork

    I have a Surly Cross Check fork on my Pompino at the moment and it's a great fork, but I got it used and the previous owner had cut the steerer tube just long enough for me to put my stem on top of my headset. I have an extremely tall-angled stem, and i would like to raise my dropbars another inch or so still. so a need a new fork with more steerer tube.

    The price difference between a new Cross Check fork and the Pompino fork is not very great. I mostly use this bike as a commuter with 32c road tires and full fenders, but I would like to put some cx type tires on it, like 35c knobbies and ride some gravel roads, light singletrack, etc.

    is there a major weight difference between the two forks? ride quality?

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    The on-one fork is a dog. I had a pompino and although the bike as a whole was fantastic (really great simple bike) the fork was a massive spoiler. Even with fat tires the big hits got through and jarred my wrists. I switched it for a reynolds ouzo carbon cross fork and was much happier. Eventually i swapped out that frame and fork for a CC and the CC fork is much much better than the steel on-one fork, and not far off the carbon reynolds. You still get bounced around on the CC but it takes the edge off things nicely. The LHT fork i found was better again but a bit short and i worried about really hammering it offroad.
    I own a Surly, a Surly, a Surly and a Salsa. Probably some others in there too at the bottom of the pile.

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    Have a look at "Permanent Steerer Tube Extension" on this guys web page.

    Surly Long Haul Trucker bicycle in Kansas

    It's an option if you know someone that has brazing equipment.

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