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I am buying a new custom steel cx frame and considering one of the following fork options:
1. Kona steel fork
2. Kenesis aluminum fork
3. generic carbon

Right now I am leaning towards the aluminum for weight and cost considerations. Any suggestions?
 

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The Kinesis is good...

...plenty burly but still reasonably compliant. I love my Jakes, but the P2 forks would be gone if I could afford to replace them--they feel harsh compared to other forks I have, although to be fair, the rigidity probably accounts for what seems like more precise low-speed steering (killer point-and-shoot on singletrack). I've never tried a carbon fork on a 'crosser, so I can't comment.
 

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Fork Decisions? Lighten Up

I have a Kona Project 2. It's steel, and real Heavy. I looked at the Kinesis, and I don't think they have a lot of mud clearence. Then I looked at the True Temper Alpha, and Wound-Up. They are nice, and Light, but they are Bucks Deluxe. Then I saw the Winwood Muddy. I think these are a good comprimise between Quality, Weight and Price. I just got the fork so I haven't weighted them myself, but if it's true what I've read the Winwood is about 3/4 pound lighter than the Kona

http://www.winwoodbikeparts.com/muddyX.html
 

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the Kinesis has tons of clearance

I have the Kinesis Crosslight on my singlespeed CX bike. A massive Mutanoraptor 700x44 tire fits with a good amount of clearance.

The fork is lighter and shinier than the heavy OEM steel fork it replaced. A little stiffer, but not overly harsh. Overall a decent fork, IMO.
 

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steel, carbon, ti

I have two bikes both currently have steel forks on them, first is a lugged colnago fork which is rather light and rides great, I have never seen another like this one. My other fork is a custom straight bladed steel fork, similar to that of IF. Feels good a little beefy in the weight, but not nearly as much as the surly forks.

I have not ridden carbon forks or much carbon, aside from a USE alien seatpost which I love! I feel that carbon components are more so for the sponsered racing types. I race, but have remained unattatched, resulting in shelling out the cash for decent durrable frame, components ect...

I do want to try a Ti fork, looking around there are a few available and they are not cheap.

-Morati, sweet italian ti fork, speedgoatcyles has them for $500 They weigh in at 600g.
http://www.speedgoat.com/prod/store/categorie.asp?cid=8&m=Morati
-Sibex Ti forks, looks good, Travis Brown has some postitive comments about them. $400
http://www.sibexsports.com/SibexSports/Russian CX.htm
-My find of the day....Spicer Ti fork 1.3lbs/590g $250!!!!! yes $250!!!
http://www.spicercycles.com/index.cgi?cat=19&sub_cat=Forks&prod_id=237&cat_desc=Cyclocross

On the carbon topic heres what available:
Wound Up:
Cyclo-Cross Fork, 1" dia. Steel Steerer $425
Cyclo-Cross Fork, 1-1/8" dia. Carbon Steerer $465

Alpha Q/true temper: $400/440g, very light weight. I am sure if you managed to break either, they would offer repacements.

Winwood Muddy carbon cross: 690g/$235

Alan carbon forks: italian masters, http://www.alan-bikeframes.com/2003-2004/en/crossforks.html
A few different models with different steerers range 600-750g

Here's some more reading....
"How comfortable is a carbon fiber fork? The answer may surprise readers who have been told (by manufacturers of carbon forks) that the material itself is the primary reason carbon forks are more comfortable than steel forks. Actually, on an ounce-by-ounce basis the comfort difference between steel and carbon is nearly imperceptible. The primary reason for the comfort differences most of us have discovered is that the carbon forks we have ridden are lighter than the steel forks we've compared them to. While carbon fiber is modestly more comfortable than steel, a lighter fork (of any material) will transmit less shock than a heavier fork built with the same material. "

Taken from, http://www.sudibe.de/articles/carbonforks.html
 
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