Bicycle Mechanics - frame / fork
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07-30-10, 12:32 PM
I m really an amateur n as I am, I have a standard question...
Can I build a Rossin Frame 53 ctc with a Sunlite 26" MTB Fork Threaded Length 100mm, 1" OD, Chrome, ST 200mm together?
what would be the advantages / disadvantages?
Thnx for the help!!!
Odds are that the Rossin frame is built for the standard 700C road wheels, so sticking a regular 26" MTB fork is likely to mess up the geometry. If the fork can fit a 700C wheel it might be doable, but we don't know that. Besides, it'd be kind of a pity to soil a nice frame like that with an excessively heavy and chunky MTB fork.
07-30-10, 01:42 PM
No! You need a 700c road fork.
07-30-10, 02:14 PM
This post makes me cry inside. Seriously.
Really, really, bad idea.
07-30-10, 08:45 PM
those forks will not work rite its gonna look very unsuited so as they are jabbering on above go with 700C Forks Hell If you can find carbon fiber ones go with those You want the best of everything so nothing breaks i have gone through that phase many times and i don't want you to go through it
07-30-10, 09:21 PM
Cuento corto? Yo no lo haria. Buscate una horquilla de ruta, en barcelona alguien tiene q que tenerlas.
07-30-10, 09:29 PM
Sunlite makes beastly chromed 700c forks too, if you're insistent on being cheap.
08-03-10, 02:59 AM
this is kind from u... sorry for causin depression, but this is a forum n i was askin cause i m not in the topic. but u helped me a lot, thnx
08-03-10, 03:42 AM
If you have a basic understanding of bicycle geometry you would know that swapping in a fork that was not designed for the frame will have detrimental effects on the bike's handling characteristics and that a fork made for a 26 inch wheel will not allow for proper brake placement... a caliper brake could be mounted at the crown of the Sunlite but that would not be optimal.
And that fork probably weighs nearly as much as the (gorgeous) Rossin frame.
You need to find a proper road fork and if you get a steel fork a frame builder could fine tune that fork to optimize the rake and trail and thereby optimize the handling characteristics if it is not quite right although this would need to be done with an unfinished fork as any adjustments will damage the forks paint or chrome work.
If you can get the specifics of the frame angles you can also look for a fork that complies with those angles... many modern road frames have steeper head angles and straight forks but these have an offset at the crown to adjust the rake/trail. Vintage fork blades are drawn and shaped so that they also provide for proper rake / trail and these will have curved fork blades.
A good bike shop will understand these things and be able to provide and fit a fork that best suits this frame... pity that the original fork is not included in the deal.
08-03-10, 03:45 AM
PS - If this was my frame I would build a custom fork built and have it painted to match the frame after I road tested it to ensure it was properly tuned to optimize the desired handling characteristics.
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