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Being pushed for room at present in our rented house I'm down to three bikes. The Eulogy is going to have to do the winter training.
I've got a pair of Alpha Q mudguard forks - if I put these on for the winter is there likely to be clearance between the guards and down tube? Or is it a case of try and see?
Thanks for the comment. I've used Cruds and whilst ok, they are not the same as full mudguards on the front. Mind you, the mark 2 versions about to come out look promising.
Since I've got the mudguard forks anyway I thought at least I could get full guards fitted on the front.
I had an Etape as well but had to sell it as no room. Difficult choice between the Etape and Eulogy but being a road racer I decided to keep the Eulogy.
Do you have the model name/number for the Alpha Q forks? I'll check the dimensions and let you know how suited they are.
What about our Etape forks?
Thanks Mark, that would be great. The forks I already have which are Alpha CS25touring edition fork.
Scott - the Etape was great also and I was saddened to let it go but figured it would be easier to get another one when we move to the bigger place. The person that bought it off me had test rode a few bikes and chose it over the new Trek Madone, so the Etape is no slouch in the right hands for sure.
Now, if only I had room for that Exocet......
The CS25 is made for long reach brakes and non integrated headtube and is also longer than the ideal. The eulogy is designed around a 370mm axle to crown race fork, the CS25 is 379mm, using this fork will effectively slacken the head angle and slow handling, so is not ideal.
Mark's reply matches my experience (in reverse). Had a Reynolds Ouzo fork (370mm by 43mm offset) and replaced it with a Columbus Minimal (365mm by 50mm). Head angle rose from 72.5° to 73°; trail dropped from sixty something to fifty something and the handling sharpened up a treat.
If your Alpha Q forks have a longer offset to counteract the drop in head angle, you might just get away with it...
Thanks for the help guys - really appreciated. Maybe just the crud guards then as I love the present set-up with the Look HSC5SL forks and would want the handling to suffer too much.