Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Speialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 01 Bianchi Campione, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount
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I hate it when that happens. You plan an upgrade, think you have the parts, then whammo, it won't fit. I know you'll laugh at this, but its worth sharing with you all. When I was just getting into mountain biking, I decided to change my Nishiki rigid fork to a suspension fork. I went on line and picked up an inexpensive Suntour fork (only $35 with shipping). Well, I took off the original fork and connected the brakes and cable to the new fork. No problem, why was everyone making such a big deal about this conversion! I did it in less than an hour. Fortunately, I tested the bike before our gang went to the trail. The first time I squeezed the cantilever brake handle, instead of the bike stopping, the nose of the bike dove as the fork compressed and the brakes waited for the compression to bottom out before engaging, which never happened. My bike now had a great gimmick, like a low rider, it would bob up an down with the brake lever, but wouldn't stop. I quickly realized all the old suspension forks had a horseshoe shaped component that held the cable housing, preventing compression of the fork. DUH! Eventually I fixed it with a homemade clamp. Hope you enjoyed that one.
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