Which do you prefer and why?
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.Hack, Please explain to a nube why curved offers more comfort? Wheel base?
Is this a fact, or is it really because straight forks are usually found on stiffer frames intended for more competitive riding?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.
Dave was one of my first interviews, nearly two years ago.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