Touring - Fork for touring
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02-25-07, 06:08 PM
I have a Trek Hybrid that I want to modify to make it more useable for light duty touring. It currently has a suspension fork on a 1 1/8" threaded steerer, V brakes and 700x38 tires. I want to remove the heavy suspension fork and install a solid fork that accomodates fenders and a lowrider rack plus allows me to keep the V brakes and 700x38 tire size. I would also like to switch to a threadless headset if possible.
What should I be looking for?
02-25-07, 07:22 PM
Surly Long Haul Trucker fork may work:
It comes in sizes for 26" and 700c wheels. Only problem is whether your frame was designed for extra slope caused by some suspension forks; adding the Surly fork may lower the front of the bike somewhat.
02-25-07, 09:58 PM
My LBS ordered a suspension-corrected TANGE MTB fork. 1 & 1/8 threadless. $55 or so. Will build up an aluminum ebay frame for my winter commuter- based on a Wavecrest electric bike frame, minus the electrics.
George in snowy Grand Rapids.
02-25-07, 11:20 PM
suspension corrected, rigid 29'er fork would do the trick. i don't know of one off the top of my head though. maybe the Surly karate monkey fork? isn't that a 29'er?
That's a good idea. I don't see why a KM would have a suspension corrected fork myself, but it's worth a check. Also even without and explicit intention to correct for suspension there is a wide range of heights offered. Go to a website like Spicer and search all through the forks section. To hear the guys on the Frameforum talk, 29er forks aren't all that comon and a lot of guys are bulding some rather frankestinian alternatives out of straight tube. Unfortunately even those aren't cheap. I think you may have to stick with the forks, maybe you could install limiters so they don't pump om you ansd just deal with the weight.
Beko is right they are corrected:
02-26-07, 07:21 AM
I can lock out the suspension on my current front fork but it is extra weight plus it has no proper way to install a low rider front rack.
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