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    stems, bar height


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    Stems, handlebar height, Bit the bullet

    I decided to bite the bullet and address handlebar height as "non kluge" as possible. Nashbar sell a carbon fork with metal steerer tube for $89 now, got that on order. This fork also has more rake than the Corvus Al 2011 stock, I think that will give me a little more stability and "go straight" handling.

    So on order from Nashbar, $89 fork, star nut $2, from Pricepoint, star nut $2, tool for star $10, 28.6mm clamp $4 (try Sheldon's trick first), spacers $10.

    Anyhow, $899 Corvus will be up to $1075, still a deal? I think so.

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    I word of caution regarding changing to a fork with a different rake. I did that once. I went from a 43 mm to a 45 mm raked fork thinking it would not make much of a difference. It did. The bike was much twitchier with the 45 mm. I ended up switching back to a 43 mm. I was very surprised by this. So, if you are going to a smaller rake, then your bike should become more stable (easier to ride with your hands off the handle bars - the bike will hold its line better). If you are going to a larger rake, then it will become less stable and twitchier. At least, that is how it ended up for my bike.

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    Steve,

    Interesting, I'll do some careful before & after observations on how it handles. I'd think a little more wheelbase / rake should make things more stable, but I'm no expert on frame geometry. I like the handling with the current straight fork, haven't tried to evaluate hands off. Anyhow, thanks for the caution, I'll write back on how the Corvus Al handles it.

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    Foek rake / stability

    Steve,

    Interesting, I'll do some careful before & after observations on how it handles. I'd think a little more wheelbase / rake should make things more stable, but I'm no expert on frame geometry. I like the handling with the current straight fork, haven't tried to evaluate hands off. Anyhow, thanks for the caution, I'll write back on how the Corvus Al handles it.

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    After 8 years and 35,000 miles I'm still riding it.
    Hard to believe I found this thread from so long ago.
    Contact me directly if you want to know anything about the Motobecane LeChampion.
    It was GREEN, officer!

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