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Carbon forks life expentancy

JamesBJamesB Posts: 1,184
edited July 2010 in Workshop
Anyone got any thoughts on this; when should forks be changed, do they get fatigued? I`m wondering about how much longer for a set of heavier end (VN Audax forks) which have seen 3 years use , 10 000miles on some fairly rough roads, and steep descents with lots braking forces. Should I even worry about it?

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  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    10,000 miles? Just broken-in then! There's nothing to suggest that forks don't have an indefinite life - the only reason to change being a crash or structural damage. IME carbon forks are more reliable than steel or aluminium alloy forks - at least they don't corrode from the inside out. If they're not creaking and show no visible signs of damage or cracking, I'd carry on regardless.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • JamesBJamesB Posts: 1,184
    Thanks, that`s good to hear! As my `other bike` (Viner) has a lifetime guarantee on it this would make a lot of sense....I`ll keep on with them and look again in 10k miles! :)
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