Acor AFK-2606 Carbon road fork  £119.99

7/10

Fork upgrade that'll give older bikes a new lease of life

Weight 580g   Contact  www.greyville.com

by Shaun Audane   April 22, 2009  

Acor AFK-206 road fork

Acor’s AFK2606 is a pleasingly competent budget fork well suited to heavier riders and those seeking to improve handling and save weight on older machines. The alloy steerer might not set anyone’s Lycra ablaze but they’re more durable than carbon and lighter than Cro-moly. They also improve rigidity on larger framesets or those employing big spacer stacks.

Given the asking price the build quality is pretty good. Some chipping was evident around the crown but hasn’t worsened through testing. Raked blades transform the handling of older bikes originally supplied with the power or banana types and lateral stiffness is a big improvement over entry level carbon models from a few years back.

They’ve provided a lighter and more compliant front end without destroying the character of my beloved Road Path mount: great on the climbs yet reassuringly secure on fast descents or when carving into corners. Even placing my full weight atop the bars I couldn’t cajole a shimmy from them. There’s even a “touring” variant characterised by more relaxed geometry, mudguard provision and drilling for 57mm brake stirrups.

That said, the model as reviewed readily accepts narrow salmon or race blade type guards so long as you’re tolerant of P-clips and you're running tyres no wider than 25mm. The colour coordinated ends feature the ubiquitous lawyers lips but don’t much impair wheel removal, meaning they’re a viable option for racing.

Verdict

Fork upgrade that, when fitted with a decent headset, will give older bikes a new lease of life

road.cc test report

Make and model: Acor AFK-2606 Carbon road fork

Size tested: 700c

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Aimed at riders of older mid-high end bikes looking to take advantage of a carbon fork upgrade.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Alloy steerer, raked carbon blades, drilled for 49mm brake callipers.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Generally good, although our test sample arrived with chipping around the crown but this hasn't worsened with testing.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

Enhances the feel of older steel framesets and gives a more compliant ride without feeling whippy and shaves a few grams into the bargain.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

Bonding and metal steerer shouldn't give trouble-even for heavy riders.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10

580g

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Performed faultlessly in all conditions with surprising rigidity compared with big name budget offerings I've used in the past.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Low weight, simple detailing

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Stickers look low rent but that's easily addressed.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

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