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Why are forks curved?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by another_dave_b, 1 Mar 2008.

  1. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    Probably just historical
     
  2. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    The Flight is a very nice bike.
    Excellent commuter machine.
    I think curved forks perhaps give a natural bit of flexibility in the ride......but the carbon straight blade forks will match that. ;)
     
  3. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    Lots of different reasons. Suspension, stability, steering, toe clearance, longer wheel base for carrying loads, all depending on what sort of bike you're using and when it was built.
     
  4. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    None of that is a function of whether the forks are curved or not. 'Straight' forks are all 'bent' where the fork blades meets the crown. Therefore the position of the front axle can be in the same place as on a curved fork and all the handling characteristics will be identical.

    Curved forks and even curved chain stays have often been promoted as being 'more comfortable', but I've never seen a definitive test which could attribute any real benefit to this. Once again, I think its aesthetics. After all, straight forks look shite.
     
  5. ransos

    ransos Usual suspect

    I would have thought that a curved steel fork would be able to act as a slight spring, giving a more comfortable ride.
     
  6. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

  7. andygates

    andygates New Member

    Indeedy.

    And the reason modern forks can have trail while being straight, with that kink at the crown, is just modern materials and manufacturing.