Mountain Bike Reviews Forum banner
1 - 20 of 23 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Who's been riding one? I have been riding a ridged fork on my S.S and really like it.I was set on getting a suspention fork, now I am use to this.
I am wondering how the ti fork handles,flexy? is that bad? lighter? really any lighter than steel? What do you get with a Ti fork? besides a sore wallet.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
227 Posts
flex

I have made a titanium fork at Changda for my Gary Fisher RIG.
So it's a 29er fork, 468 x 45. Slightly thicker walls, so around 760gram both disc and V-brake compatible. They make forks my size from 620 gram, but I wanted it to be a tad stiffer. It flexes a lot though, a bit scary. Now that I know that, I'm glad a have a slightly heavier model. The fork is very comfortable and soakes up smal bumps. A lot more than the Karate Monkey fork I had earlier. That weighs 1111 gram.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
492 Posts
I would have thought a "ridged" (sic) fork of any material would have a tendency to develop stress risers and snap - though I guess that may depend on the orientation of the ridges! ;)

Kidding aside, a lot of people are loving their Ti forks for additional comfort. However some find the additional fore-aft flex under braking disconcerting, and there have been a few cases reported of Chinese made Ti forks breaking - early Spicer and some home ordered jobbies - so that's something to be wary of.

Sam
 

·
75% Mountain cycle
Joined
·
331 Posts
I remember this pic

Got this from this forum a year or so ago, not sure who's fork it is. It may be just a fluke but it may not- I only trust cromo.

Remember - big tires make for a softer ride too..
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
39 Posts
I ride one

I ride a sibex ti fork on my geared race bike and it is smooth compared to my cromo redline fork. I don't notice the flex at all even after racing an Zoke with 30mm stanchions.
It is ture that it flexes fore and aft but not noticeable when brake hard. Most of the ti fork makes recommend that you ride smart and keep the bike close to ground but two footers are not problem from what I have experienced.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Damn SanAnMan.......Cool pic......whoa,
I am riding the 2.4 with lower air and it helps, Ti seems like a good material for a fork when its thick enough,
and if it doesnt flex too much when braking disc brakes, the rock gardens shoud'nt be to bad.Every fork has its limits but I never had a dealer tell me where not to ride a fork,I would think a Ti fork could take it like cro-mo and some,I dont know,will the stuff bend before it snaps or is it one and done?
 

·
singlespeed smash brother
Joined
·
318 Posts
I just got a ti fork to replace my busted Pace. It does have for and aft flex but it's not as disconcerting as brake dive on suspension forks. It's darn light and I'm hoping it's not going to break. As for trusting only steel. All the frames I've broken have been steel ones.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Sibex

shwinboy said:
I just got a ti fork to replace my busted Pace. It does have for and aft flex but it's not as disconcerting as brake dive on suspension forks. It's darn light and I'm hoping it's not going to break. As for trusting only steel. All the frames I've broken have been steel ones.
Yo

I have a Sibex. It can run a little soft, but I like the ride. I will say that carbon riser bars with the Ti fork is way too soft. I use an aluminum bar with mine and it rides pretty sweet. I have a bro with the same fork, and he broke his in two weeks. Mine, i have abused pretty good and it has held up for over 10 months now. So for what it's worth.

I have entertained going back to a steel fork on my aluminum frame just to see what the ride is like. If I can locate a good steel suspension corrected, might be worth a ride. Any suggestions?
 

·
"Mr. Britannica"
Joined
·
1,818 Posts
shwinboy said:
I just got a ti fork to replace my busted Pace. It does have for and aft flex but it's not as disconcerting as brake dive on suspension forks. It's darn light and I'm hoping it's not going to break. As for trusting only steel. All the frames I've broken have been steel ones.
a busted Pace? the carbon RC31? what happened?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23,381 Posts
I would say if you want a Ti rigid fork, get a Morati...

I've got one to unload, maybe...


But, this isn't a business tactic. I believe Moratis are the best out there, unless you go a touch higher and get a Black Sheep or a Jones or something
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
84 Posts
SanAnMan said:
Got this from this forum a year or so ago, not sure who's fork it is. It may be just a fluke but it may not- I only trust cromo.

Remember - big tires make for a softer ride too..
That was one of the 2003 vintage XACD / Spicer forks with questionable welds (lucky me!). Gene Spicer was top notch with customer service, and had XACD beef up the fork design and improve their quality control. I have 2 buddies still riding Spicer forks with zero complaints. The break was a fluke (3 forks in my neck of the woods, all around the same time) - there haven't been any failures reported with the re-design.

Another rigid Ti fork to throw into the mix - On One / Planet X.
 

·
singlespeed smash brother
Joined
·
318 Posts
roadiegonebad said:
a busted Pace? the carbon RC31? what happened?
To their credit the fork legs are still good. It was a high speed endo jack knife crash. I ended up with a broken collar bone. Bike damage was a bent up mary bar and broken pace fork. The front wheel was almost yanked out of the dropouts. Broke both lawer tips off and managed to pull one of the legs about 1.5 mm out of the crown which I think is also bent due to the fact you have to pry the legs apart to put a wheel in. So no not really busted. More bent I guess. Strangely my front wheel is still running true. Now there's a keeper.

My Ti fork is a DEMONCHAU. Japanese brand I bought of Ebay.http://www.dmcx.com/en/a128.html. Looks exactly like the spicer and rides more comfortably than the pace. Not as stiff cornering tho. It's somewhere between a sid and mazzochi marathon in that department.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
133 Posts
bike dog said:
Who's been riding one? I have been riding a ridged fork on my S.S and really like it.I was set on getting a suspention fork, now I am use to this.
I am wondering how the ti fork handles,flexy? is that bad? lighter? really any lighter than steel? What do you get with a Ti fork? besides a sore wallet.
I've been riding a Kona Project 2 Ti for about 10 years now. It's been on four bikes and still going strong. In the old days it used to chatter a bike with canti brakes, but that was the only issue.
 

·
75% Mountain cycle
Joined
·
331 Posts
Pics of the Project 2 Ti

Fishtoes2000 said:
I've been riding a Kona Project 2 Ti for about 10 years now. It's been on four bikes and still going strong. In the old days it used to chatter a bike with canti brakes, but that was the only issue.
Let's see pics of that fork!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
99 Posts
spicer forks

paqrat said:
That was one of the 2003 vintage XACD / Spicer forks with questionable welds (lucky me!). Gene Spicer was top notch with customer service, and had XACD beef up the fork design and improve their quality control. I have 2 buddies still riding Spicer forks with zero complaints. The break was a fluke (3 forks in my neck of the woods, all around the same time) - there haven't been any failures reported with the re-design.

Another rigid Ti fork to throw into the mix - On One / Planet X.
I got a Spicer in October 2004. Gene told me that it was one of the new, thicker tubed ones. I think 1.4mm instead of .9? The funny thing, though, is that it weighed in at 590 grams, which seems to be what the older version weighed as well. Yet 1.4 is more than 50% thicker than .9. Do you understand this?

Thanks.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Hi there,

Can anyone send me close up pictures of Morati Mtb fork dropouts (both sides)!
I'm designing a crowned Ti fork I'll have made by XACD.
Does anyone have experience with Titerra forks?
 

·
- factotum -
Joined
·
821 Posts
Ti + large tire is great!

I am using a XACD Ti fork for half a year now. :cool:

Yeah it flexes very much, but I like this "absorbing". I installed a thick Salsa Arc de Triomphe brakebooster and this improved cornering a lot! Maybe because the Salsa thing is 1/6 of the fork weightwise. Mine weighs about 575g, but has a short 1" steerer. So far I have had no problems with it besides initial brake sounds that went away with installing the booster.

Dropout that is standard XACD

Grey Metal Material property Steel Aluminium


Crown front

Style Black Pipe Grey Metal


Crown from above

Product Photograph White Line Pipe


I really like my fork, although the spoon is still better (not by XACD though ;) )

Morati went out of business this year btw.
I went to XACD because it was quite a nuisance getting a 1" threadless fork in 410mm around here.
 

Attachments

1 - 20 of 23 Posts
Top