I have a slightly disreputable Raleigh Sports, but the frame and drive train are sound and I'd like to upgrade the wheels to new 650b rims and a new front hub. It seems as though I have two options (given the width of modern hubs): spread the fork or replace it.
On the whole, I think I'd prefer to replace the fork, but I love the ride of the bike with the original fork. Does anybody know of a fork or line of forks that might be similar enough that the bike would still handle something like it does now?
I'm reviving this old post since I have the same question (but not the 650B part). I bought a replacement wheel for my Sports (which of course is a little too wide for the original fork), and now I find that one of the fork blades is no longer attached to the crown. And it's not from trying to bend it. I gave the bike to my fiance a while back and when it got a flat she took it to the bike store. As they were taking the front wheel off one of the fork blades fell off into the mechanics hand. (!!) Rather scary to think of some other scenarios that could have happened, to say the least. There are a lot of different forks on the bikepartsusa site but I can't figure out what I'm looking for. Thanks for any help. (I would rather just build up a diffferent bike for her, but she says this one has sentimental value.)