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Old 11-16-06, 07:28 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a GT timberline that is around five years old. It has a cromoly frame and I have upgraded all the components and converted it into a drop bar commuter bike. I'm very happy with the way it all turned out with the exception of the low end suspension fork that originally came with it. It makes the ride mushy. The problem is that it's set up with direct pull brakes and 26 in wheels. I want to keep the brakes because the brake levers that I bought to make direct pull brakes usable with drop bar levers are new and weren't particularly inexpensive. What I'd like is to find a non suspension fork set up for direct pull brakes and 26 inch wheels that won't change the trail component too much. Oh, it's a 1 1/8 threaded headset as well. I'm not asking too much here, am I? Does anyone have an idea that could help. Thanks very much in advance for your responses.
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You just need a suspension "corrected" rigid fork, not hard to find for 1 1/8 steer tubes.
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Nashbar, for example has one.
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What tonyt said -- a "normal" rigid fork will change the geometry and make your bike really twitchy.
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Old 11-17-06, 02:16 AM   #5
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http://aebike.com/page.cfm?action=de...=30&SKU=FK1266

http://aebike.com/page.cfm?action=de...=30&SKU=FK4575

http://store.airbomb.com/Itemdesc.asp?ic=BR1504

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...=bbbsearch&x=y

http://store.airbomb.com/Itemdesc.asp?ic=FK1207

http://aebike.com/page.cfm?action=de...=30&SKU=FK2457


these are just some examples

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Old 11-17-06, 07:22 AM   #6
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The OP's current fork is threaded, though, so that's going to complicate things if he converts to threadless...........If you do convert to threadless, check and make sure the fork you get is suspension corrected for something like an 80mm travel fork (I'm assuming your "low end suspension fork" has 3" of travel or less). I think the Surly 1 x 1 would be hard to beat for that. At least one of the Nashbar suspension corrected forks I've seen lately is way too long for the typical short travel fork, it's suspension corrected for something like a 5" travel fork. I don't see it on their website right now, though-
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Thank you all for your responses. I'll look into them.
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If you want a relatively nice (but inexpensive) chromoly fork to match your chromoly frame, just pick up a Tange Rigid Mountain Fork in the suspension corrected version.

I have the Tange on my commuter mountain bike. It's straight-gauge chromoly tubing. About 2 lbs. Pretty much bomb-proof for commuting or XC riding. Inexpensive, too.


Some options for you (from $45 to $315):

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/sub/1...ks.aspx?s=1618
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