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    Loose suspension fork

    I have a Giant Cypress 2008. It has a cheap suspension fork. I noticed some play when I applied the front brakes the other day. So with the top tube between my legs, I locked the front brake and pushed the bike.

    There was no clunks or rattling, and I'm sure it's not the headset. Because when I move the bike while applying the front brakes, the lower part of the fork moves with regard to the higher part. By the lower part I mean the part below the moving portion of the fork, to which the brakes are connected.

    I am sure it's the fork also because when I turn the wheel so that the handlebar is parallel to the top tube, and move the bike back and forth, the fenders (attached to and along with the brakes) move with respect to the higher part of the fork.

    I've read that some play in a suspension fork is ok. But how much is ok, and is it safe? Is it fixable in cheap forks?

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    Sounds like bushing slop in your fork. In a cheap fork you get little option but to replace. What fork is it? Not inexpensive maintenance on a good suspension fork either, but one that just comes with the territory periodically.

    PS while annoying, doubt it's much of a safety issue.
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    How can I be sure that it's bushing slop? The fork is a SR Suntour, no idea which model.

    I want a rigid fork, but have no idea how to start searching for a suspension adjusted one in Ukraine... I should start at a local lbs, I guess.

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