A bicycle fork is the portion of a bicycle that holds the front wheel
and allows the rider to steer. A fork consists of two dropouts
that hold the front wheel axle,
that join at a fork crown, and a steerer or steering tube to which the handlebars
attach allowing the user to steer the bicycle. The steerer of the fork connects with the frame
via a set of bearings known as a headset.
There are three main types of forks:
- Best for time trials
- Used for riding off road and touring
- General road riding
Each fork specializes in different tasks so it's very important to match
the fork you need to the riding that you want to do.
Be aware of compatibility issues between wheels, headsets
and the headtube on your bike (all of which need to compatible with any future fork).Full Article