Threadless Steerer Tube Removal & Reinstallation
How is a threadless steerer tube removed from an existing suspension fork (after both have been removed from the bike)?
REMOVAL: Do you just put the fork dropouts against a block of wood (with the fork standing vertically) and then use a rubber mallet to drive the steerer tube down to dislodge it?
REINSTALLATION: ??? Maybe place the fork upside down with crown against the open (and cloth protected) jaws of a vise and then use a mallet and block of wood to drive the steerer tube down into the new fork?
I have read both Zinn books on bike maintenance (road and mountain), but if the answer is there, I'm not smart enough to understand it.
I need to replace the broken fork on my Trek hybrid (Navigator 100). OEM on this bike is a RST CT Com I suspension fork, which I have removed from the bike. The existing steerer tube seems just fine, so I'd like to reuse it. Every online vendor of the RST forks that I can find sells the new forks without
a steerer tube installed. All the similar suspension forks I can find that are sold with a steerer tube preinstalled are a lot more expensive. I'm happy to go back with OEM or something pretty similar. People have already suggested in this Bikeforums
that I install a rigid fork instead, but nobody has explained how to remove or reinstall a steerer tube
, which is my main question.