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    Aluminum Fork?

    Thinking about scoring one of the ne 907 aluminum forks and wondering if anyone has any insight or educated guesses on the performance or lack of when using an aluminum fork?

    Thanks......Bob
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    Like the idea they're lighter than steel.

    Fat tyres at low pressures make a nonsense out of the "feel" of frame materials.

    I really don't like this 135mm front hub stuff. Why use a 9mm axle when a 10mm would be better - especially in a wide fork and a tyre that has the grip to put a significant amount of twist into the setup.

    Why not simply make wide forks to take 135 rear hubs. A single speed hub of that width is light.

    Oops, that means no chance to sell an expensive proprietary hub...
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    I doubt you could notice the difference with 6psi anyways..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    Like the idea they're lighter than steel.

    Fat tyres at low pressures make a nonsense out of the "feel" of frame materials.

    I really don't like this 135mm front hub stuff. Why use a 9mm axle when a 10mm would be better - especially in a wide fork and a tyre that has the grip to put a significant amount of twist into the setup.

    Why not simply make wide forks to take 135 rear hubs. A single speed hub of that width is light.

    Oops, that means no chance to sell an expensive proprietary hub...
    Won't these work with a surly rear hub? I still get the hub thing confused, right now I am using the surly front hub with rear disc spacing and a I believe it has a 10mm axle.

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    I get confused too

    It's simple anyway. If you get a fork with a 9mm axle and rear disk spacing, you can always do a wee bit of filing and open out the dropout to 10mm. Then you can use rear hubs.
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    The aluminum fork uses a rear hub (unlike the Snowpack carbon forks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy FitzGibbon View Post
    The aluminum fork uses a rear hub (unlike the Snowpack carbon forks).
    Good, thanks for clearing that up. Makes it a good buy.
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    how do you think it would work on gravel and single track?harsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnelson View Post
    how do you think it would work on gravel and single track?harsh
    I doubt I'd notice the difference on an 6psi tyre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    I doubt I'd notice the difference on an 6psi tyre.
    That's what I was thinking.

    Weight loss would be the biggest thing probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy FitzGibbon View Post
    The aluminum fork uses a rear hub (unlike the Snowpack carbon forks).
    www dot fatbikes dot com/907-fork-aluminum.html
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    Uses 135mm front disc hub

    On facebook they say:

    No Offset, 135mm, Rear Spaced. Will come in a 450mm and a 468mm Axle to Crown.


    Looks like the fatbikes dot com info might be wrong, I emailed them and am waiting for a clarification.

    (still need 9 more posts to post urls)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterClaw View Post
    www dot fatbikes dot com/907-fork-aluminum.html
    says:
    Uses 135mm front disc hub

    On facebook they say:

    No Offset, 135mm, Rear Spaced. Will come in a 450mm and a 468mm Axle to Crown.


    Looks like the fatbikes dot com info might be wrong, I emailed them and am waiting for a clarification.

    (still need 9 more posts to post urls)
    The description of the fork on fatbikes.com says:

    The 9:ZERO:7 aluminum fork is rear disc brake compatible and must be used with a front disc hub using rear brake spacing. The recommended hub for the 9:ZERO:7 aluminum fork is our own 135mm front hub. Surly hubs are also compatible with this fork.

    A "front disc hub using rear brake spacing" is just a standard rear hub with no means of attaching a cog, a la Surly or Salsa 135 "front" hubs.
    The use of the phrase "135 mm front disc hub" in the Product Highlights section does make it confusing. They should probably correct that.

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