What fork

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webber
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What fork

Postby webber » 9 Aug 2019, 4:01pm

Hi all after a bit of a off which cracked my carbon bars I'm thinking about maybe changing the forks as well!
I've got a condor tempo and I'm not sure if I should get steel fork???
The obvious choice would be condor pioggia steel https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0858/ ... 1562091739
But I can't stop looking at thorn 853c forks https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/thorn-repla ... s-current/
There a couple of hundred grams between them in weight which isn't a problem but will the thorn ride that much better??
Any help would be excellent does anyone have either??
Cheers
Scott

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Re: What fork

Postby pwa » 9 Aug 2019, 4:11pm

The Pioggias seem to be designed to take low rider pannier rack, which suggests a heavier build that could be harsher than you are looking for.

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Re: What fork

Postby iow » 11 Aug 2019, 8:41am

I have the Thorn 853c forks on my Spa Audax. They're a good looking (I don't like the look of the unicrown used on the Condor's), well made, lightweight fork, but they do not offer any miraculous improvements in ride quality - the original Spa carbon/alloy forks were more compliant.
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Re: What fork

Postby pwa » 11 Aug 2019, 8:54am

iow wrote:I have the Thorn 853c forks on my Spa Audax. They're a good looking (I don't like the look of the unicrown used on the Condor's), well made, lightweight fork, but they do not offer any miraculous improvements in ride quality - the original Spa carbon/alloy forks were more compliant.

And Spa's carbon / alloy offerings are only about £100 if i remember rightly. You do of course need to make sure the geometry is suitable for your frame. Right distance from fork drop-outs to crown, right (what is the word that is escaping me?) distance forward of the drop-out from where it would be if the fork and its steerer were in a perfectly straight line. They vary. (Edit: OFFSET is the word I was looking for.)