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(based on 6 ratings)
Brand: FORT�
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Lighten your load and get the comfort and stability you need for that long distance ride with the Fort� Axis Carbon Road Bike Fork.
Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4 stars
(based on 6 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to install(3), Lightweight(4)
Best Uses:
Upgrade(3)
Describe Yourself:
Avid cyclist(4)

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Training Fork!
By Alki KarlVerified Reviewer from Alki-Seattle on 9/3/2009
Pros:
Dampens road shock, Easy To Install
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about FORT� Fort� Axis Carbon Road Fork:

I have an old Giant OCR road bike with a 1" headset and had limited options to upgrade to a carbon fork. This fork works well for what I use my OCR for and that is long training rides. The fork is heavy compared to what else is out there, but this still dampens the vibrations. I've done some fast cornering and didn't notice any unsafe flex or instability. Going up and down hills were no problem. Buy this fork if you want something reliable, reasonably priced and not concerned about weight.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Greatly improved my ride.
By Shawn in AggielandVerified Reviewer from Texas on 8/17/2009
Pros:
Easy To Install, Lightweight, Plush Feel, Strong Design
Best Uses:
Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about FORT� Fort� Axis Carbon Road Fork:

I put 100+ miles on my bike a week and was looking for a smoother ride and to lighten my bike a bit.

I upgraded my aluminum fork to the Axis Carbon which instantly lightened the bike a bit. It rides much smoother and looks great. Was the best fork I could have bought for the money.

I wouldn't recommend it to replace a high end fork, but if you are in my shoes, it is an excellent upgrade. Handles much smoother.

FYI. I had my LBS install because I wasn't about to cut the steering tube myself, ran $30.

I am completely satisfied.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great fork for the money!
By G-fishVerified Reviewer from Seattle, WA on 1/28/2009
Pros:
Attractive Design, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Commute, Road Biking
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about FORT� Fort� Axis Carbon Road Fork:

The Forte carbon fork replaced an aluminum fork on my Specialized Langster that I use for commuting and winter training. I’m really pleased with the performance. It definitely smooths out high-frequency vibrations and takes the edge off of bumps.

I haven’t experienced fork flex mentioned in earlier comments. I carry 20-30 pound payloads up and down hills on my single-speed, so I exert more than an average amount of torque. Steering is precise and predictable even when I hammer. I had flex problems on another bike with the original Time fork. However, the Forte fork is nothing like that; it’s rigid where it needs to be.

I’m not saying this thing would out-perform a Look or Easton fork. But you don’t have to apologize for it either. It does exactly what a carbon fork is supposed to do.

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Nice Carbon Fork
By Flynin' BryanVerified Reviewer from Medford, WI on 9/7/2008
Pros:
Attractive Design, Easy To Install, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Road Biking, Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about FORT� Fort� Axis Carbon Road Fork:

This fork was installed on an old Trek 400 steel bike I have. The fork replaced a steel fork that came with the bike. The installation was easy. I'd recommend having the proper tools such as a basic fork crown race setter and headset cup press.

The fork rides nicely. It has lightened up the bike front end of the bike. On the first ride or two I was not immediately used to the lighter front end. It's stiff enough and feels stable in corners and decending. Couple this fork with the Modolo Morphos shifters and you can put combo shifters on that retro bike you own and not have the overall weight increase.

I'm thinking about putting one of these forks on my wife's road bike, a vintage, already reasonably light Raleigh Technium.

[7 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

 
Sweet and cheap!
By Pink RobeVerified Reviewer from Calgary, AB, Canada on 10/18/2006
Pros:
Compatible, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Commuting

Comments about FORT� Fort� Axis Carbon Road Fork:

I bought the Forte "combo" deal with the fork, Cane Creek headset, carbon spacers and Forte stem. For $[...] it was a pretty darn good deal for all new parts. My bike is a Specialized M2 Pro from '95, and is VERY stiff. The old fork is a Kinesis D alloy unit that is rigid, but transmits every little road ripple to my hands. Regardless, the install went fine; it's amazing how easy it is to install a new fork with a hacksaw, screwdriver and a hammer.

When I took it out on the road, I had to stop and check to see if I had under-inflated my front tire, but I hadn't! 100 psi and I had very little road chatter through the handlebars. It's sooooo smooth! No more chatter from the front brakes, and my fillings are staying put. Nice product, great price!

[9 of 12 customers found this review helpful]

 
Too much flex
By BikerxVerified Reviewer from New Hampshire on 8/15/2006
Pros:
Inexpensive
Cons:
Too Much Flex
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Commuting

Comments about FORT� Fort� Axis Carbon Road Fork:

I bought this as a replacement for a Kinesis Wedge for a 1999 Specialized Allez Comp because the rake was the same and both had metal steering tubes. The Forte is simply too flexible. The blades are too thin and don't provide enough lateral stiffness. As a result, the front end of the bike twists too much when climbing, and the bike is not as stable on descents.

This fork would be a decent upgrade to a lower end bike that does not have a carbon fork, but is not a good replacement for higher end forks. Spend a little more and get something stiffer.

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