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    TREK Death Forks, are they real?

    Hello, we have all "heard" and "remember" bits of information about the 80-82? 600 and/or 410 bikes with forks cracking or truly breaking all the way through the fork leg.

    The explanation seems common sense with a straight joint at the leg/crown, the most stressed part of the fork.

    In real life today, how many members have found a crack (preventing a failure) or had a failure while riding?

    Thanks for your input
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    OP why not just do a search via google rather than rehash what's already been discussed numerous times? I'd suggest deleting this thread you started too as the information has been discussed and polled with your sensationalized caption. It's not good for those who love our Treks.

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    Another death fork? A death stem? I'd ride a bike with either.
    (But then, I ride a Cannondale Criterium Series)
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    Many people consider anything on two wheels as a death machine.....
    We should engrave images of skulls on all parts of our bikes.....

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    There are documented failures of certain stamped Ishiwata crowns on some Trek models, but none have happened often enough to warrant a recall. If you have concerns about a bike of yours, please post some pictures of the fork to help determine if your fork may be a concern.

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    You'll know if it's a death fork.


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    I say don't worry about it. Unless it was some sort of time capsule it would have failed by now.
    Obviously I'm kidding. Be safe.
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    dude, what a great WWE finishing move name: OOOOH NO!, Not the "Ishiwata Death Fork!" NO one should have to endure the pure humiliation!

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    That's great.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerider007 View Post
    You'll know if it's a death fork.

    I've never heard of a Trek death fork. I've heard "death to Trek" and "fork Trek" (sort of) but never anything about a fork failure.

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    Oh, don't ask about the Trek fork murders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerider007 View Post
    You'll know if it's a death fork.

    I need a pair of those for my Viscount!

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    You know it's going to be a good day when the stem and seatpost come right out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by degan View Post
    I say don't worry about it. Unless it was some sort of time capsule it would have failed by now.
    Obviously I'm kidding. Be safe.
    Great, I have an '82 Trek arriving today or tomorrow, that looks to have very low miles. The seller didn't say anything about the death fork. I think this will stay in the back of my mind awhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
    Many people consider anything on two wheels as a death machine.....
    We should engrave images of skulls on all parts of our bikes.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
    I've never heard of a Trek death fork. I've heard "death to Trek" and "fork Trek" (sort of) but never anything about a fork failure.
    @oddjob posted links above to a couple threads showing the problematic crown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by top506 View Post
    I need a pair of those for my Viscount!

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    +1. Some day I'll build myself a Death Bike, made up of all these Death Components and ride into the sunset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by top506 View Post
    I need a pair of those for my Viscount!

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    They are at Redbubble.com, death fork. A guy on the Viscount site created them to match the decals of bike. Quite hilarious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stardognine View Post
    Great, I have an '82 Trek arriving today or tomorrow, that looks to have very low miles. The seller didn't say anything about the death fork. I think this will stay in the back of my mind awhile.
    I was way off base, mine has a Tange fork with a cast crown, and says made in Japan, with a date code of 2F. I had to repack the headset anyways, 30-some year old grease doesn't spin too smoothly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stardognine View Post
    I was way off base, mine has a Tange fork with a cast crown, and says made in Japan, with a date code of 2F. I had to repack the headset anyways, 30-some year old grease doesn't spin too smoothly.
    What model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pemetic2006 View Post
    What model?
    Mine's an '83 412, going by the serial #, but it's almost certainly an '82, numbered late, because the 400 model came out in '83, and so there were no 412's in the catalog. At least that's my guess, lol, they were changing a lot of stuff around, right then.

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    A few examples of failed parts does not mean that your part is likely to fail. I wouldn't worry about it. Just get out and ride. You should inspect any bike for fatigue failures fairly frequently regardless, and if you start hearing any sort of creaking or ticking that you can't explain, inspect it more thoroughly or take it to a pro.

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