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What will an Enve fork do?

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What will an Enve fork do?

Postby Juanmoretime » Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:28 pm

My Lynskey was designed to use and Alpha Q fork. The Alpha Q have 44mm of rake and is 372mm dropout to crown. The Edge is 43mm of rake but 368mm dropout to crown. The rake I'm not concerned about its the crown to dropout height that makes me wonder will it drastically effect handling.

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Re: What will an Enve fork do?

Postby FAQinc » Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:46 pm

I say 4mm lower would definitely make you more aero save you a couple of watts during the usual l 70kph sprint :P

I think it should probably make it more sharp and direct but not sure how much of a difference 4mm would make, but highly doubt if it would do anything drastic.
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Re: What will an Enve fork do?

Postby Ypsylon » Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:56 pm

It's way past bedtime for me, so I'm not gonna do it for you, but I'd recommend taking a piece of paper and a pencil and draw both frame and fork in both versions and see what happens to HTA and trail.

Stack and reach will change, STA, bb height.

It turns around the rear hub, so if you know your geometry you could probably calculate both values as well.

Now that I think about it, ask how about a shim to put between crown race and lower bearing?

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Re: What will an Enve fork do?

Postby Cyco » Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:40 pm

Depending on what headset you use Chris King does a taller crown race, iirc designed for MtB forks to clear down tubes.

A 4mm drop there would be about a 0.3 degree increase in HTA. As to noticeability, that is up to you.
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Re: What will an Enve fork do?

Postby Fibre-Lyte » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:02 pm

Possibly stating the obvious, but my first thought would be what the performance characteristics of the forks is like, relative to each other. That could possibly be more fundamental than the small change in geometry which of course is based on all forks being equal (which they're obviously not)
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Re: What will an Enve fork do?

Postby elviento » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:04 am

Actually, a lower front end increases the seattube angle very slightly which means you will need slightly less rake to maintain the same trail, which is exactly what a 43 rake does compared to a 44 rake. So changes will be just minimal, put another 5mm spacer under your stem, you are good to go.
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