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    Carbon Fork ?

    I currently have an El Mariachi set up with the stock Salsa Cromo fork and am pleased with the ride/feel and love the simple look of it but have been wondering what the benefits of going to a carbon Fork... other than lighter weight.

    Stiffer? run back to back is there a noticeable difference-
    Bump absorption? I know carbon is good at dampening but it is also fairly ridgid how does it all pan out in ride quality-
    More fragile? I know in am impact carbon is not as resilient as steel but what about Weight limits? I am ~210 with gear

    I like the contrast of full rigid to my F/S and don't want to lose the fun factor of the bike, so I want to retain the overall feel but want to get the most out of the ride...

    Thanks for any input
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    More fragile... check out the video on the Niner website. The fork has a weight limit of 240 lbs.

    I don't know how it would work on your Salsa, but I love it on my Niner. I can only compare it to the Niner steel and the Pace carbon fork and it rides much nicer. Sharp handling, very comfy, and super light.
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