Steel 29er forks — 15mm axles and tapered steerers, worth it?
When I ran steel forks with straight steerer and q/r drop outs I don’t ever remember thinking I had too much flex in the front end.
Having ridden bikes with tapered steerer and 15mm screw in dropouts I am still not convinced they are whole lot stiffer.
Suspect the wheel build you have will make more difference re lateral flex.Posted 8 months ago
I’m looking for a steel 29er fork to switch between 29er and 27+, and there are at least a couple of options with tapered steerer’s and 15mm axles (Soma and Salsa)
The 15mm axle seems a good idea as more accurate steering makes sense, although I’m not sure it is worth the cost
Tapered steerers seem potentially daft though — does the flex of a thinner steerer not help with a steel rigid fork?
Quite hard to find reviews out there for these so anyone had any experience?Posted 8 months agojamesoSubscriber
Thu-axles and taper steerers on steel forks are mostly about compatibility with sus forks so you can swap in/out. Zero other need for a taper steel steerer imo and thru-axles are a questionable need imo, for steering accuracy it’ll make little difference on a rigid fork compared to dropout and blade design so unless you have to have the max stiffness or want wheel compatibility I’m not sure I’d be that fussed. I guess if you really wanted burly blades a taper steerer can add crown size to make the join there.
with a standard 29er wheel I wonder if that stiffness is quite so nice…
It really is, but that’s down to stiffness under braking without harshness generally – not an easy thing to do with a std cantilevered fork design.Posted 8 months ago
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