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Old 01-14-09, 11:12 PM   #1
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1" Suspension Fork

I know this is a loaded question, and ive looked around a bit. I know Marz made a quality 1" a few years back, but they would be few and far between (and a tad out of my budget). I'm looking to put a suspension for on an old old steel frame (even tho it might steer like a dump truck), that will be converted to electric (meaning extra weight). I was thinking something like 80 or 100mm. I was just wondering if there was anyone besides RST that currently makes a 1" steering tube? Sorry if its a pointless question. Thanks for any help!
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As far as I know, only the low, low end forks come in a 1" for a new one. It's hard to find good used ones, too. I can't remember the brand off-hand, but J&B Importers carries a 1" fork. Lots of shops use J&B as the cheap alternative to QBP, so you should be able to find a store that can order you one. They are cheap. Without digging out the catalog and looking, I think they are around $70 or so.
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what about a 1" decent rigid fork? something fairly light? maybe disc specific?
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Old 01-17-09, 06:23 AM   #4
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You could try to find one salvaged from a cheaper bike. I have a couple laying around, but they are cheaper Schwinn Mountain bikes.
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I've played around with 1" fork conversions. I currently have two. But when you say high end or 80, 100 mm travel, you're into extremely rare and not cheap. Anything you find in the way of an air fork will have to be rebuilt due to age, (try and find the parts). Elasotmer forks, except an NOS fork will almost certainly require a rebuild (try and find the parts). That leaves NOS elastomer and all kinds of spring forks that are equivalent to today's low end (and the springs may be tired by now). Don't forget, you have to find one with the correct steer tube length and threads.
And if you finally achieve your goal, You're correct, there's a good chance it will steer like a truck with a true desire to fall over. Been there, done that.
If you want to try a cheap 1" fork, NYCBikes has one for about $36. Limited travel (40mm) and only one steer tube size, threaded. Good luck, you're gonna need it.
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Thanks for all the help. Ill look into finding a rigid with disc mount. And the fork @ NYCbike looks like it would be my best suspension choice, i just need it to have a disc mount and im not so sure it does. Thanks again
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We had to do this for a customer not long ago, and the only decent option we found was to get a marz fork with steerer tube unattached. At the time they offered a 1" steerer tube and a shim for the fork/steerer tube interface, which we had to install (trickier than it sounds, but not too bad). Result: 1" fork that doesn't suck.
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Ill have to look into that. For now i think i found a good option. This fork has disc mounts and should provide a better ride than the steel fork i have now, without steering like a dump truck. Thanks

http://www.amazon.com/Nashbar-Carbon...2347627&sr=1-2
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The 2007 Marzocchi MX Pro ETA supposedly came in a 1" steering tube version: http://www.bikemagic.com/news/article/mps/uan/5754
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Chain Reaction Cycles in the UK has the '09 Marzocchi MX Pro ETA with 1" steerer for $247, free shipping to USA.

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=22693
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Chain Reaction Cycles in the UK has the '09 Marzocchi MX Pro ETA with 1" steerer for $247, free shipping to USA.

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=22693
Wow that's sweet. Think of all the "vintage" old school rigid MTBs that could benefit from that fork. Would probably look really funky with the slack angles.
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Wow that's sweet. Think of all the "vintage" old school rigid MTBs that could benefit from that fork. Would probably look really funky with the slack angles.
True dat. I guessing that there are a few out there with 1" steerers that were actually designed for a suspension fork. The only one I am familiar with is a custom (Stevenson) that was built for my son. That bike has a 1" MX Pro from about '02, IIRC. I can't remember why the hell it was not built with a 1 1/8" .
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