Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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I also agree the fork looks bent in the photo. Possibly the actual bend is at the base of the steerer and hidden by the crown race. You can do an eyeball check by putting the steerer to your eye and sighting down it like a rifle. It isn't so bent that I wouldn't ride it on a hack bike, but it might not handle well enough your serious bike. You'd have to ride it to know for sure.
One problem you might face is that if the bend is in the steerer or at the base of it it'll effect headset performance since the crown is off axis. You'll know right away when you install it because the crown race will appear to rock as it's turned, the fork will be loose or tight depending on orientation, making headset adjustment difficult if not impossible. (Cheap headsets are more forgiving in this respect than quality ones).
BTW- this isn't so serious a bend that a skilled mechanic cannot straighten it. That was routinely done for years but went out of fashion because of product liability paranoia. If it were my fork, I'd install it check the headset adjustment, and steering, and if OK leave it alone, otherwise I'd straighten it and use it.
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