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Discussion in 'General Bike Discussion' started by TxCyclist, Nov 27, 2009.
Which do you prefer and why?
Curved for road, straight for MTB and BMX. I think it's a comfort issue.
Hack, Please explain to a nube why curved offers more comfort? Wheel base?
Not sure I can do that, as it may only be my perception. But any road bike I've ridden with straight forks generally had a harsh, uncomfortable ride. That may be because they were aluminum bikes, which I've never really liked to begin with. All the steel bikes I've ridden had curved forks.
While I can't imagine that they would actually flex, I've always had the impression that the curve somehow has the potential to smooth out a ride, where a straight fork transmits a lot to the cockpit.
Straight directs the majority of the up and down motion in to your arms upper torso. Curved allows more of the stress to work it way into the frame. Just an observation.
Is this a fact, or is it really because straight forks are usually found on stiffer frames intended for more competitive riding?
What I have noticed. I'm no surgeon. Don't take my word on it.
This may offer some pertinent information. The diagrams were helpful to me when considering the purchase of a new fork.
Dave Moulton's Bike Blog: Trail, fork rake, and a little bit of history
Dave was one of my first interviews, nearly two years ago.
That was a good read....thanks. I hope his vision has improved to the point he no longer needs a chauffeur. Steel rules....even though I covet a well made Ti frame.
I've had a custom titanium frame with S&S couplers. While it was nice, I'm over it.
I have straight on my bike. I like it. I read you post Industry hack and you said you prefer curved for commuting? I have a Karate Monkey by Surly and it's equipped with straight forks, but I want to use it for commuting and around town riding. Would you change it up?