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Old 05-06-11, 09:38 PM   #1
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How to identify backward forks?

I have noticed that many bike enthusiasts have talked about the problem of reversed forks on pre-assembled bikes, especially ones sold in large stores. I have decided to buy a NorthRock Xc6 MB from Costco. Judging from the reviews its a good bike for the $$ and it would be hard to find a better value at a LBS.

Many people who have seen the bike at costco have noticed that most come with forks installed backwards. I am no expert on bikes so its very hard for me to identify it. Is there a way to tell and make sure i get the right one. Maybe some diagram or close up pictures to make it easier for me to spot. Thank You
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Old 05-06-11, 09:40 PM   #2
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Imagine a perfectly straight line down through the steerer tube. The axle should be in front of this line.
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Old 05-06-11, 10:00 PM   #3
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Why don't you post some photos and we can comment on it.
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Imagine a perfectly straight line down through the steerer tube. The axle should be in front of this line.

+1. A bike can be ridden with the fork "reversed", but it can be awkward.
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Old 05-06-11, 11:46 PM   #5
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NorthRock Xc6 MB from Costco
This appears to be a mountain bike with front suspension fork and disc brakes.

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Many people who have seen the bike at costco have noticed that most come with forks installed backwards. I am no expert on bikes so its very hard for me to identify it.
The disc brake rotor should be on the left side of the bike - the same side as with the back wheel. The brake caliper (the part that grabs the rotor), should be behind the fork.
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I've seen this on bikes from all the major box stores. It's such a common problem that you'd think the bike manufacturer would put a big "FRONT" sticker on the forks or something.
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Old 05-07-11, 07:25 AM   #7
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for first time buyers and assemblers and those new to biking will find this really confusing. I personally had problems. It was not in the directions so you are left clueless
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The disc brake rotor should be on the left side of the bike - the same side as with the back wheel. The brake caliper (the part that grabs the rotor), should be behind the fork.
Unless you have one of these:

http://www.cotic.co.uk/product/bikes/roadrat/geared/
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