What fork do I need for a Redline R540 road/hybird bike?
Someone on Craigslist gave me a beautiful frame and most of the external components for a Redline R540 road bike.
Apparently what happened is that they had a collision that wiped out the front fork and also destroyed the drive side of the crank and chain rings. The bearings in the bottom bracket feel perfect. I have checked the rest of the frame and everything seems near perfect. No cracking paint or other anomalies.
The front/rear SRAM derailleurs look fine as do the shifters and brakes except for one bent bolt on the front brake assembly.
The rims were destroyed as well but I still got the hubs and spokes. I will have to get a rear wheel though, the previous owner threw it away without salvaging the cassette.
But the big thing I need will be the fork but I'm unsure how to go about looking for one. What do I need to look for?
Redline is a brand of Seattle Bike Supply, so you should be able to contact them
and get a replacement thru a shop with a SBS account.
Spokane likely has a dealer that carries the Redline brand.
Well I can do that but honestly, I'm trying to find something used that will work. I measured the opening of the steering stem to fork mounting, that was 1 1/8". The opening between the spindle mounting is 100mm. I want to build this bike as budgetly (is that even a real word?) as possible. The headtube is about 142mm from the top to the bottom.
Originally Posted by fietsbob
So far i have the frame, tires, the derailleurs, shifters, chain, steering stem/handlebar, brakes/brake handles, seat post, seat, clamps and accessories for the steering stem. The bottom bracket is still in place. At this point I will need the front wheel, rear wheel with cassette (8speed), crank and chain wheels, and fork.
I think my biggest expense will be the front and rear wheels and fork. My bike coop is closed until Thursday so i can't check there but i have my doubts about them having the fork or rims. I figure I will have to source the rims and fork and the rest of the parts the coop should have (crank stuff, cassette, etc). If I can keep the wheels and fork under 100-150 max, I would be happy since I'm rather unemployed and poor but I have a beautiful Fuji mountain bike from the '90s that I can sell to buy the parts for the Redline. I bought the Fuji for cheap from Goodwill and put a lot of time into it getting it all polished and driving perfectly. Its just too short of a frame for me.