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Old 10-03-09, 05:21 PM   #1
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Need chrome 700c fork; Ugly options

Where do you guys get chrome replacement (1", threaded) forks that actually look nice? Not the Sunlites or Dimensions. Tange fork replacements are so hard to find. Surly and Soma are too expensive. Something like this would be nice but OOS:

http://www.harborcountrybike.com/SUM...p/fork1133.htm

So where do you guys get your chrome forks?
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The fork that you note is out of stock comes from distributor Hawley USA. Check with your local shops to see if they carry Hawley USA products.

EDIT: Hawley shows FORK1133 (250mm steerer) and FORK1137 (300mm steerer) out of stock. Only FORK1132, the 200mm steerer option is available.

That said, beware of the 100mm threading on these forks (and anything else with 100mm threadfing). Do not get the 200mm steerer if you need anything more then 150mm of steerer - aim for a fork that gives you no more then 50mm of excess threads, if not less. The excess threads - and more importantly, the washer "key" slot - will burst open if your stem's binder or wedge is tightened anywhere on this section.

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Thanks for the quick reply Kurt. The 250mm is perfect since I need a 185mm steer.

Is the Summit fork nice? Any recommendations for a replacement chrome fork for around $50?
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The Summit fork is decent and nice - pretty much the same as the sloping-crown Pyramid 700C forks that were available until J&B knocked them off their lineup in 2007.

Since the 250's are out of stock, I'd call Hawley to inquire as to when they expect to receive a new batch.

I'd still take the Soma fork over anything if it's a nice build that suits a semi-sloping crown, but the price is outrageous. I bagged the only one I have off of eBay for $50.

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Any more recommendations for a lugged or sloping crown chrome fork?
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Any more recommendations for a lugged or sloping crown chrome fork?
Raid hole-in-the-wall bike shops for old replacement forks.

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So I called my LBS and they said they had a "full sloping crown" where the crown goes "into the steer tube." Are full sloping crowns the aeroU designs of the sunlite or the nice slopes of the Summit?
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So I called my LBS and they said they had a "full sloping crown" where the crown goes "into the steer tube." Are full sloping crowns the aeroU designs of the sunlite or the nice slopes of the Summit?
That description sounds more like a unicrown/no-crown fork. They're disgusting, but you might as well drop by the shop to look at it, just in case it is a true Cinelli-style sloping-crown fork.

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Thought I'd seen your fork earlier today, but about an inch too short...
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So where do you guys get your chrome forks?
ebay, I waited over 6 months for a good enough replacement for my Battaglin.
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