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    "Death fork" for the perfect Viscount restoration


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    I thought that Yamaha had the contract to manufacture steel forks designed to REPLACE the death fork.
    I'm pretty ignorant about Viscounts, though I've always liked the way they look.
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    From the ad: "This fork has history like no other"
    At least he got that part right.

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    Looks like that fork came off a REAL BIG Viscount Frame......

    Chombi

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    Death fork? Naaaah!! top506's Avatar
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    nlerner was good enough to send me one for my Viscount. Mostly it sits in all it's polished glory in the corner next to my desk, although I've ridden it a time or two. At least it's one of the pinned ones.

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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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    I have two of them ... they are very beautiful forks.

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    Hmm. I have a Viscount on which the replacement fork was destroyed. For everything, there is a season.

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    I'm a little new to all vintage road stuff. Why is it call the death fork? I had a trade offer for the replacement someone had. They look like their made of aluminum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry III View Post
    I'm a little new to all vintage road stuff. Why is it call the death fork? I had a trade offer for the replacement someone had. They look like their made of aluminum.
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/lambert.html
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry III View Post
    Why is it call the death fork?.
    That is a very good question .. Despite it's reputation, I've never been able to find any evidence that any cyclist was ever killed by one of these forks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry III View Post
    I'm a little new to all vintage road stuff. Why is it call the death fork? I had a trade offer for the replacement someone had. They look like their made of aluminum.
    http://sheldonbrown.com/lambert.html#recall
    http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Bri...bert_fork.html

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    Before I joined this forum, I had only heard of them called "quick release forks."

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    Going to forward this to "lawyerscumambulancechasers.com"

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    Interesting thing is, I once built up a Viscount with a 1990's Sakae fork, which - if it wasn't for the glued blades - looks quite similar to the original:


    (Excuse the hipster build)

    It's 700C to boot - if I were building a Viscount for myself (and preferred not to use the Yamaha steel fork), I'd go this route.

    -Kurt

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    You're an animal Kurt, what is that like 52 - 14 gearing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox View Post
    You're an animal Kurt, what is that like 52 - 14 gearing?
    For reals, man. Dang. Freewheel, but still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox View Post
    You're an animal Kurt, what is that like 52 - 14 gearing?
    It was a flipper, so I figured I'd have fun at the expense of our local, Craigslist hipsters

    Gearing is 51/15.

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