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Old 10-18-05, 07:31 PM   #1
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1" Steer Tube Rock Shox

I ride a 1997 Jamis Diablo LX, with a 98 Judy XC (1" steer tube). The brake bracket has cracked on this fork, causing a "walking" effect. It's quite a thrill to ride now, but I suspect my life may be in danger. Can I take the crown/steerer off the Judy (vice versa, really) and put on a brand new fork minus the crown? I've got about 15,000 miles on this bike and I want to keep going as long as I can.
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Old 10-18-05, 07:47 PM   #2
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I wonder if one of those "brake booster" things would solve the problem...
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Old 10-19-05, 05:34 PM   #3
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I'm not sure I know what you're talking about re: "Brake Booster", but it seems as though a mechanical repair won't work since the crack is right where the brake support bracket meets the shock tube. I can't JB weld it or clamp a brace on it because you'd have to make an attachment on the moving part of the fork. Plus that's a plain-old low-rent ghetto repair for the bike that I love. Basically I wanted to slap a new lower on the hex-bolt clamping style crown, but it seems as all new shocks are built to be pressed into the crown. It's beginning to look like I have to find a new 1" threadless shock.
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Old 10-19-05, 07:12 PM   #4
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Marzocchi makes a 1" EXR,

How about finding a NOS Judy?
A 1-1/8" may be easier to find, but I would guess that the Zoke will be lighter and stiffer. Plus have a warranty?
(Supposing that if you do, and you can swap the crown with yours I should add)
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I found the lower and internals for a 96 Judy SL (no stantions or crown) on ebay, I suppose I'll bid on it and see if my 97 XC stantions and internals will fit into the SL lower. Unless, of course, the bidding goes nuts making this experiment too expensive, in which case I'll look into the zoke. Any other manufacturers still cranking out the 1"??? How about Rock Shox NOS sources???
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I found the lower and internals for a 96 Judy SL (no stantions or crown) on ebay, I suppose I'll bid on it and see if my 97 XC stantions and internals will fit into the SL lower. Unless, of course, the bidding goes nuts making this experiment too expensive, in which case I'll look into the zoke. Any other manufacturers still cranking out the 1"??? How about Rock Shox NOS sources???
NYC bikes was selling new or nearly new Suntour shocks with a 1 inch threaded steerer for about $35 with shipping. However, it is a low end model SR 3000 and not comparable to your Rock Shox. I bought one and installed it. All I can say is, it is much better than no suspension. I was told by an LOB that RST is still manufacturing a one inch steer tube shock, but the price was $100. I know you can find an excellent condition Rock Shox on ebay for less. Several recent sales have been about $50-60 plus shipping. I know, I was out bid on three of them.
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i've got one of the $100 RST forks. it's o.k. but i wish i'd got the Marzocchi.
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Thanks. I'll keep checking ebay for the vintage judy. Seems like I can do better quality at a lower/same price than the RTS that way. I want the Marzocchi of course, but I'm about to blow my budget on a road bike.
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Here's the big question: what stantions/lowers can I put in my good 1" threadless crown that originally came with my 97 Judy XC? Can I take the serial number off said judy and determine whether or not a 98 Judy SL or any other stantion/lower will fit in the crown that came with my 97 Judy XC? Or any other? Or not? Bike mechanics have catalogs that reference such things, don't they?

The point is, I live in the sticks. It takes about a 2 hour round trip to the nearest bike mechanic, and he sucks. I'd love to fix this problem on my own and can do it with some very specific help and luck on ebay.

Anyone? Anyone?
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Old 10-21-05, 02:17 AM   #10
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There was a huge problem with the 98 Judy arches. A lot of people cracked them like you have. RS was replacing them for free for a while, but I don't know if they still will. Worth a shot . . .
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The LBS (2 hour guy) said RS doesn't support shox older than 3 years. Fact or fiction, I'm not sure.
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Old 10-22-05, 08:33 AM   #12
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Does anyone have an idea where the RS QUADRA 5 fits in the product heirarchy compared to a 98 Judy XC? There's one available in 1" threadless, but I'd at least like to maintain the level of quality that I had before.

BTW I just placed the order for a Lemond Sarthe, should be in tuesday or wednesday. I'm positively giddy and twitchy with excitement. And I'm too broke for the zoke.
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I think the Quadra was replaced by the Indy, so it's not as good as your judy.
Rock Shox were bought by SRAM a few years back, so they may not cover the warrany.
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Yeah, since I posted I found a bunch of negative reviews for the Quadra. Heavy, lack of adjustability, one guy basically said he considered it dangerous. That sounds like overkill but I'll be patient and wait for the right fork to show up on ebay.

As for warranty, my fork is 6-7 years old with a ton of mileage, wear and tear, etc. If it were still covered under warranty, I'd consider that to be the single best warranty ever. In other words, I think I got my money's worth from it and it's time for a replacement.
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I hate the Quadra. If it's old, it's useless. I'm in the middle of trying to resurrect one right now. The elastomers have turned into a crumbling mess. I'm trying to scrape them out form the inside of the tubes. I lied, I've given up on trying to fix it. I think the legs are steel, becuase it's the heaviest XC fork I've ever felt. I love the Indy though.
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