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Old 02-04-14, 08:09 PM   #1
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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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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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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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