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Old 07-31-14, 04:07 PM   #1
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What fork do I need?

I need a fork for my steel-frame Bianchi from the early 90s. I have a Cinelli 1A 90mm stem. I'd prefer a silver fork. Can anybody recommend a new one or an eBay listing?

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Old 07-31-14, 04:27 PM   #2
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That poor bike. you need a 1" threaded fork if you want to reuse the current headset and stem. There are lots of sources for great forks but if that was mine I would put a Soma straight blade chrome fork.

Hold all the headset parts in place and measure the length from top to bottom and that will tell you what length steerer tube you need. A little longer is always better.

Check ebay you may find a nice Bianchi fork or some other nice chrome fork for cheap.
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Old 07-31-14, 04:30 PM   #3
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Would either of these work?

Bianchi Road Bike Fork Steel 1" Steerer for 8 5 cm Head Tube 700c | eBay

Soma Chrome Lugged Track Fork - Outside Outfitters (and if so, which one?)
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Old 07-31-14, 06:13 PM   #4
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Lots of chromed forks with 1 inch threaded steering tubes being sold at eBay....
Just need to choose the right one.
Make an effort to get one with a nice sloping or semi-sloping crown but please, not one with an ugly "Unicrown" (one that looks like a continuous tube bent in an inverted "U"...... Try to also match up the fork's steel with the rest of the frame, whether it is Chrome Moly steel or Maganese alloy steel, the two most common types of lightweight steel above high tensile steel.
Columbus made lots generic replacement forks for bikes you can still find out there. SR did too.
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Old 07-31-14, 06:33 PM   #5
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morninj, nice user id.

i agree with the above advice to find a chrome fork with a pretty rake and a lugged crown and not a unicrown. measuring the headset stack will assist your decision. and ensure the fork is drilled for a front brake.

you should take the frame and headset to a local shop or co-op to test another fork if unsure as to the steerer length needed.

and don't settle on material as chombi wrote.

i found an ishiwata steel fork for my moto -- lightweight, strong and beautiful.
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Old 07-31-14, 06:40 PM   #6
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The measurement from the top to the bottom of the headset is about 16cm. So, I'm leaning towards the Soma 1"x170mm chrome fork (Soma Chrome Lugged Track Fork - Outside Outfitters), so that I can return it if it's not a good fit.
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You need to measure your headtube and headset, to see how long a steerer you need.
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