Written by Mike Hoover Thursday, 06 December 2007 00:00
What really sparked my interest was Bikeman’s timely feature of the Origin8 CX fork. The item was competitive on weight with the top of the line forks, and only half the price. Given my cost/benefit ratio goal, I decided to go for the new fork. I was originally concerned about the fact that the rake was 43mm, which is two millimeters less than most forks on the market. I talked the issue over with resident CX Guru Big Al, who convinced me that I would not be affected by this steeper rake. With this sage advice, I took the plunge and went for the upgrade.
First item was the install. Couldn’t have been easier for me, as the Bikeman mechanics handled the task effortlessly. When I got the bike, the first thing I noted is the weight, my bike was noticeably lighter! Not like when you put a new part on your bike, or are comparing an old part in one hand and the new in the other, and say to yourself that you can feel the weight difference, but you really can’t. We've all been there before, but are loath to admit it..... No faking here, the bike is ALOT lighter. I was immediately satisfied with the product before I even clipped in.
As for the ride, Big Al was spot on. The rake made no difference. My bike handled extremely well, maintaining the characteristics of the original setup, both stable and nimble. The fork does soak up the bumps nicely, and there’s no chatter when on the brakes (that now work).
Simply put, a great improvement for the steed. Huge weight savings, very reasonable price, and a great ride has convinced me I have obtained my intended goal for the upgrade.
Five stars for this excellent product. Upgrade your machine before they’re all gone!!
|Origin8 Synergy Pro Carbon Cyclocross Fork: Full carbon 700c cyclocross fork with 43mm rake. 1 1/8'' x 300mm carbon steerer. Includes top cap compression device. Cantilever brake mounts only. 430g w/ uncut steerer...|
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