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    Ordered wrong fork size!! Thoughts on 700c fork on 26er

    So i've been fixing up a buddies old GT 26er and noticed that his forks are shot. I found some cheapo fork online (as he is not looking to put much $ into this old bike) for $15 plus shipping. However when they arrived I realized they are for a 700c wheel (27.5"?). Anyway, what are your thoughts on running a 29 inch wheel on front in this situation? Guess the geometry will be all off??

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    Not sure that would work, and if it did that would be very awkward.

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    700c is same size as 29er

    it could be weird depending on the frame.... but you'll have a 69er!

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    Unless it has discs, the brakes won't line up to the rim, unless you also switch the front wheel size. Then, you need a new wheel, tire, etc.

    Building a couple of 69ers, I've found they don't handle that well unless the frame was originally intended for a 100mm or so suspension fork. I think it will make his front end too floppy.
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    Thanks for the replies...yeah i figured it wouldn't work out too well. Well if anyone has a 1 1/8 threaded fork for a 26" frame they'd like to get rid of on the cheap let me know.

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    It would actually work just fine
    assuming it is cantilever no problem.
    It would be a bit more stable at speed
    meaning a bit less nimble at lower speeds
    but it would work fine-done it-
    Now bigger rear wheel/tire-might make the handling a bit trickier-but bigger front-no problem.
    Not as if bikes are Formula 1 motorcycles or cars-
    It doesn't mean carrying 2 different tubes??

    Another fork will be another $30 or more-IF you get lucky-
    give it a try-it will work just fine-nice stable ride-and sorta cool/odd looking

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    You have a 1-1/8th threaded fork? Unlikely.

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    Niagara Cycle has some inexpensive 26" threaded rigid forks in both 1" and 1 1/8", starting in the $20's:
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...?sort=priceasc

    Before ordering anything, be sure to measure the length of the steerer tube and the threaded portion of the tube (and/or head tube).

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    It is definitely a 1 1/8 threaded fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoebeisis View Post
    It would actually work just fine
    assuming it is cantilever no problem.
    So will this not work with v-brakes? That is what it has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markley View Post
    So will this not work with v-brakes? That is what it has.
    Sure- it has cantilever mounting posts-will work fine with V- brakes
    You have a 700c wheel already-
    give it a try-the handling-no problem-
    might even LIKE the somewhat more stable straight line tracking-
    Handling won't be a problem-these aren't finely tuned Formula 1 machines
    It will look COOL-

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