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Old 07-22-08, 08:06 PM   #1
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Why does my brand new carbon fork...

have an obsolete, JIS (27.0) crown?

I just discovered my new 1" Kinesis carbon (with cro-mo steerer) fork won't fit the standard (26.4) crown race on the headset I wanted to use. So if I want to use this fork with anything other than a (cheap, heavy) JIS headset, I have to have someone (LBS: "Oh no, WE can't do that.") mill the crown from 27.0 to 26.4.

This isn't a NOS fork... Are some modern (okay, I know 1" isn't entirely modern, but still) forks still being manufactured in the JIS size?? And why?
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Old 07-22-08, 10:25 PM   #2
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Well, one approach is to find a machine shop or a buddy that has a lathe, chuck that sucker up and take off the extra diameter to bring it to 26.4.
I've done it many times with nothing more than a file and a steady hand.
You mileage may vary.
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Old 07-22-08, 11:25 PM   #3
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I'm sure some shop has a 1" steerer mill in their tool box from back in the day of 1" steel forks.
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have an obsolete, JIS (27.0) crown?

I just discovered my new 1" Kinesis carbon (with cro-mo steerer) fork won't fit the standard (26.4) crown race on the headset I wanted to use.
Did you or someone else actually measure the crown race seat?
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Old 07-23-08, 11:15 AM   #5
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I've used emory paper and patience to solve this problem, myself.
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Maybe they figure that by using a slightly larger diameter the fork is compatible with JIS and the standard size. I really thought that most LBS's could mill that down for you in two shakes.
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