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Old 09-12-04, 05:16 PM   #1
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2004 conquest pro

i was just wondering how much flex is normal with the front fork on these bikes. been riding mine for a few weeks now and i am starting to think that something is wrong because there is soo much flex (and consequent brake squeel).

my LBS told me that it is normal...but i am not convinced. i have never ridden a bike that flexes like this...
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Are the brakes toed-in properly? I just took my first ride on my newly built Redline Team and the brakes worked perfectly. Of course I'm using Shimano LX M-system cantis and Kool Stop Eagle 2 pads.
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yeah...but what about the bendy fork???

thx
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Don't know what kind of fork it is, but most forks are designed to absorb some shock from the road/trail. In order to do this they are made to be not 100% complete stiff - if they were they would be bulky/heavy and the ride would be quite harsh. Side-to-side motion is not desirable, but sort of an up-down motion, most notable at the dropouts, will help aborb some bumps. I've got a bike with a carbon fork and I've always been able to see some flex when going over rough roads.
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yeah...but what about the bendy fork???

thx
Like SAB says, the fork should flex but perhaps the aluminum fork on the Conquest Pro is more flexy than forks you've had before. This should not be a problem. Just get your brakes adjusted to get rid of the squeal since that's what is annoying.

How big a rider are you? Maybe the aluminum fork flexes more with larger riders.
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