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Question about carbon fork

Hi everyone,

Just a simple question, is it ok to go on a cycle tour with a alluminum bike with a carbon fork.
I know it's light, but is it solid enough to withstand the weight of panniers and bumps on road?



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Maybe . . .

As far as I am aware, carbon is the only structural bicycle material for which the term "catastrophic failure" is employed, though there have been major advances in that technology. When carbon fails it does so all at once and in a manner that cannot be repaired.

Steel is probably best. IF it fails it does so in a way that you can see, develops slowly over time, and can be repaired almost anywhere.

Aluminum is good but is very difficult to repair.

Titanium might as well be on another planet unless you have a LOT of money, though it is a terrific material.


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One thing I would not do is

One thing I would not do is fly with a carbon fork. The problem with carbon is that you often cannot see damage to the fork that can be inflicted by baggage handlers. Recently my bike arrived with a dent in the top tube. If that had been a carbon part it may have ruined the bike or tour, or me.
I've toured with an aluminium framed road bike without any problems. The bike had steel forks. It was quite comfortable, but I also had a Brooks saddle fitted which I think helps a lot.

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Depends on the type of touring you're doing

If you're planning to tour self-contained, then your aluminum frame / carbon fork bike is probably not suitable. Not because of the materials per se, but because most modern aluminum frame carbon fork bikes do not have the proper geometry and braze ons to support racks, fenders, and panniers. There are some exceptions, like the Specialized Tri-Cross, but even the Tricross has relatively short chainstays. Aluminum frames have been used by Cannondale for all of their touring bikes with very good results, and Koga-Miyata uses aluminum on their high end tourers. If your carbon fork does not have an accommodation for a rack, then you're out of luck as far as having front panniers, and if you put all of your weight on a rear rack on a really light bike with short chainstays, then you may have a hard time controlling the bike. I know this from experience doing a weekend fully loaded on a Specialized Sequoia. Not good.
Now, if you are planning to travel ultralight with minimal gear, then your aluminum / carbon combo should be fine.

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CF Fork for touring

CF Fork for touring Has there are CF frames with CF forks sold for toring I would just ride your with the CF fork
Has you never now what will fail on a bicycle and what it will take to get it running again A CF fork is just one more item to add to your list of items that can fail What if say your rear derailleur fails. do you have an easy fix for it. If is an older one good for say 7 cogs max can you find another on the road were it failed. the only positive way to prepared for a component failure or frame failure is have a back up bicycle boxed and ready to be sent to you if needed. along with boxed and ready to ship to you every part on your bicycle. all in separate boxes. were it gets difficult if your a long ways from a bike store. what I would do for parts is take along a Bike Nashbar Catalog. They carry a lot of older bicycle parts So you can call them and order what you need and they can Fed Ex it to you in a day or two

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A carbon fork failure is a

A carbon fork failure is a lot different than a derailleur or chain failure. These will not usually put you in a life threatening situation. People have died or been seriously injured by a carbon fork failure. Look up "busted carbon".

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