ASK THE BMXPerts: CHROMOLY VS CARBON
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Dear BMXperts,
Hey, I live in Belgium, Europe. Thanks for your mag. I have read since 1982 because it’s the only one to give us news of every disciplines of BMX.
I’ve noticed on the picture from pages 62 & 63 of the November issue that there are four cromo forks vs two carbon. It’s nice to see that the pros are back to basics with reliable 4130 forks.
Best regards from Europe.
Roland Martens

PS : I’m a French speaker so please, forgive me for mistakes ;o)

Roland, we hear you when it comes to chromoly, it’s a little piece of home that we never like to stray too far from, but don’t expect it to stick forever, especially on the racetrack. Chromoly forks may have materials like aluminum and carbon outnumbered on the gate for the time being, but ultimately, with all the advances that are taking place with alloys and carbon fibers, companies are developing forks that are considerably lighter, stiffer and just as strong. Right now there are forks that are a little lighter then chromoly, but not as strong, or a little stiffer, but heavier… So the benefits are marginal, meaning most riders go with what they know, chromoly. But as we said Roland, enjoy it while you can, because like all things, change is always afoot.


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