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    Possible to use 15mm QR hub on a standard QR fork?

    I found a nice wheelset on craigslist yesterday & knew it wouldn't last long, so I splurged. Like-new, Shimano XT hubs laced to DT Swiss rims, but unfortunately with a 15QR front hub. This won't work with the fork I'm planning on getting (RS Tora). I knew the front hub wouldn't work as-is before I bought it & the seller even made sure I knew it was a relatively new technology requiring a high-end fork, but for $150 for the set I couldn't pass it up. Oh, & I forgot to mention the wheelset also came with an XT cassette, XT rotors, & Panaracer Rampage tires.

    So anyway, I'm just wondering if there's any kind of conversion kit that will allow me to use a standard QR fork with the 15QR hub. I know there are kits that do this vice versa, but have not been able to find any that allow backwards compatibility. And if this isn't possible--Anyone interested in a Shimano XT 15QR front hub?
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    Upgrade the fork. You can thank me later. QR sucks. I guessing money is the problem but you got a pretty sweet frame so get a pretty sweet fork and skimp on the rest of the build.

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    Thought that might be the answer. That given, what's the most financially beneficial option for a fork that's 15mm compatible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by samburger View Post
    I found a nice wheelset on craigslist yesterday & knew it wouldn't last long, so I splurged. Like-new, Shimano XT hubs laced to DT Swiss rims, but unfortunately with a 15QR front hub. This won't work with the fork I'm planning on getting (RS Tora). I knew the front hub wouldn't work as-is before I bought it & the seller even made sure I knew it was a relatively new technology requiring a high-end fork, but for $150 for the set I couldn't pass it up. Oh, & I forgot to mention the wheelset also came with an XT cassette, XT rotors, & Panaracer Rampage tires.

    So anyway, I'm just wondering if there's any kind of conversion kit that will allow me to use a standard QR fork with the 15QR hub. I know there are kits that do this vice versa, but have not been able to find any that allow backwards compatibility. And if this isn't possible--Anyone interested in a Shimano XT 15QR front hub?
    No. Shimano hubs are one-trick-ponies. Can not be converted to any other axle type.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samburger View Post
    Thought that might be the answer. That given, what's the most financially beneficial option for a fork that's 15mm compatible?
    "most financially beneficial option"? For you or the seller? You have few options. Fox or Marizocchi and nothing low end.
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    Hm, this is all getting quite out of my price range. I'll have to sit on this one. Get a high end fork for Christmas & little else, or swap hubs with a standard QR & potentially have to pay the LBS to relace the new hub?

    I'd have to contact the LBS & see how much that would cost, to find out if it would even be worth the savings. I know it's easy to look at someone else & say "just spend a few more bills & get something better" but working part time minimum wage doesn't allow much wiggle room in luxuries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samburger View Post
    Hm, this is all getting quite out of my price range. I'll have to sit on this one. Get a high end fork for Christmas & little else, or swap hubs with a standard QR & potentially have to pay the LBS to relace the new hub?

    I'd have to contact the LBS & see how much that would cost, to find out if it would even be worth the savings. I know it's easy to look at someone else & say "just spend a few more bills & get something better" but working part time minimum wage doesn't allow much wiggle room in luxuries.
    Seems like your best option is a used 15qr fork to me.

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    Haven't been able to find many in my price range. And by many, I really mean any. I'm hoping not to break $250 on a fork. So far the only used 15QR forks I've been able to find have been 'originally $800, used for $500' types. WAY past my price range & far necessities.

    If I could find a used Marz 44 then I might be in good shape. The fact that 15QR's have only been around since last year doesn't help the situation.
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    Keep the extras off of the wheels and resell the wheelset.

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    SRAM has started making forks with a QR15. They still use the Maxle Lite terminology on their site but offer both 20mm and 15mm sizes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimlock View Post
    SRAM has started making forks with a QR15. They still use the Maxle Lite terminology on their site but offer both 20mm and 15mm sizes.
    Which sounds great at first because RS offers forks from top-of-the-line all the way down to the Dart series, but the cheapest 15QR offered is the SID, starting at ~$600. I would love to ride around sporting a fancy high end fork like a RS SID or any Fox, but I've ridden a bike with a Tora & it more than suits my needs & riding abilities. So I think I'm going to get a new hub, sell this one, & get the wheel relaced. When the day comes that I have enough money for a nicer fork, I'll be grateful for having the Tora to throw on my Wahoo. I called my LBS & they said around $40 to relace the wheel with a new hub (given that I provide the hub) & I might even have a friend I've been meaning to visit who could teach me how to do it myself, I just need to call him & confirm that he knows how to build wheels. And that's the whole purpose of this build anyway--to hopefully never have to pay my LBS to turn wrenches for me again.
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