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Old 09-04-07, 12:20 PM   #1
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Drill my Monocog 29er fork - yay or nay.

I know the purists among you may frown upon this, but I just don't like to have mud all over me (it's just the kind of guy I am, weird, I know...) so I need fenders.

When I got my new Redline Monocog 29er, I was quite surprised that there were no holes for the fenders, neither in the front fork, neither on the seatstay bridge. The latter I'll cope with, but I don't have an elegant way to tie the fender to the front fork without a hole in it. I don't want to use a second starred nut for this purpose.

But I worry about the structural integrity of this fork. Yes, I'm a light man, but I want to put this big boy through some possibly exacting moments, and the front fork is the least desirable part to break. I have noticed that both Kona's Project 2 fork and the Surly Instigator fork are drilled (those are tuff rigid MTB forks).


So, dear fellow bike experts, you tell me your opinion.
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Old 09-04-07, 01:02 PM   #2
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Although drilling it out and threading the hole is unlikely to cause any problems down the line--assuming there are no moving parts right behind the area you intend to drill, or assuming that the area does not require being pressurized with air/oil--I would much rather look for alternatives, of which there must be many, such as special fenders designed for such purpose, or the star nut idea you mentioned.

Also, are you sure you want flimsy fenders rattling around on a mountain bike subjected to extreme forces? I would much rather put up with the mud than the annoyance of rattling fenders.

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Although drilling it out and threading the hole is likely to not cause any problems down the line--assuming there are no moving parts right behind the area you intend to drill, or assuming that the area does not require being pressurized with air/oil--I would much rather look for alternatives, of which there must be many, such as special fenders designed for such purpose, or the star nut idea you mentioned.
No, it's not possible to use alternatives, short of gluing the fender to the fork with two component glue. No room for hose clamps or plastic bands. Starred nut would work, but I don't want to use that method, as I already wrote.
For what it's worth, I don't need to thread the hole.



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Also, are you sure you want flimsy fenders rattling around on a mountain bike subjected to extreme forces?
YES!

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For whatever reason, my initial assumption was that this fork was a suspension fork. Seeing now that it is a rigid fork, I'm less wary of drilling holes in it. Go right ahead.
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The SKS shockboard fenders use an exanding plug and they're pretty decent for a basic mud guard. I run them in the spring and they work great (rear is a seatpost clip on)
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The SKS shockboard fenders use an exanding plug and they're pretty decent for a basic mud guard. I run them in the spring and they work great (rear is a seatpost clip on)
GOOD tip my friend, good tip!!!!!

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The SKS shockboard fenders use an exanding plug and they're pretty decent for a basic mud guard. I run them in the spring and they work great (rear is a seatpost clip on)

And the come in 26" and 28" versions.
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And the come in 26" and 28" versions.
Well, the 28" ones are called Shockblades or sumpin'

Anyway, they have them in the shop 3 Km away, so you know where I'm heading in the morning.
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They were all out of Shockblades, so I got me the Shockboard. Works just fine on the 29er, though.
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