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Old 02-27-06, 05:34 PM   #1
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recommend me a straight blade fork!

i'm on the hunt for a 1" straight blade fork, preferably black. threaded or not? doesn't matter, haven't bought a stem or headset yet. i've read around (used the search function) and i know that most often when people upgrade their forks they go to carbon fiber, so there isn't a big market for steel or aluminum forks. carbon is fine with me too, but either unpainted or black.

anyway, i'm on a budget, under $100 is nice and the farther under the better. i've been surfing ebay but haven't run into too much luck, straight blade carbon forks seem to be expensive and i haven't run across any metal ones yet.

any other options? any you've come across? (new or used) even just help on who makes straight blade forks would be nice. anyway, i'm keeping my eye peeled but figured a few extra eyes couldn't hurt...
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Old 02-27-06, 06:06 PM   #2
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check spicer cycles, the ones gene makes are just at 100
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chucks has a few cheapo carbon road forks.
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There is also the bikeworks fork. http://www.bikecult.com/works/parts/FKgenSB.html . Not a track fork but $57 can't be beat.
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what makes a "track" fork over a road fork? other than no brake hole obviously not being a road fork...
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There is also the bikeworks fork. http://www.bikecult.com/works/parts/FKgenSB.html . Not a track fork but $57 can't be beat.

I bought this and love it. BUT the price is so cheap because the race crown has to be changed by your lbs. They leave extra metal so it will make it more generic for everyone. so add about 25 bucks to that 57.

great fork though... i love mine.

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$25 for milling your crown race!?
Whoa!
I got charged around $10.
And I do love my BikeWorks fork.
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I have it as well and have nothing bad to say. My LBS only charged me $5. I would say that the 40mm rake makes it a road fork. Most track ones are between 25mm to 35mm. I have a conversion so it fit the bill.
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i was going to make the same post but i was going to wait a month or two until i get money but since its up. what do they mean by steerer sizes 200 and 250?
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200mm or 250mm in length.
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how do i know which i need? and what about keyhole?
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What size frame you run?
How long is your headtube?
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frame is 56, head tube is about 158mm
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Bump! Just wondering what the max tire clearance is on the bikeworks straight-blade fork (http://www.bikecult.com/works/parts/FKgenSB.html)

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what makes a "track" fork over a road fork? other than no brake hole obviously not being a road fork...
i guess the rake?
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i guess the rake?
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i think there are other considerations, too.
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Bump! Just wondering what the max tire clearance is on the bikeworks straight-blade fork (http://www.bikecult.com/works/parts/FKgenSB.html)
I've fit 28's in there but it was tight. I normally run 25's.
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i think there are other considerations, too.
Not really. Rake, brake hole and lawyer tabs = road fork
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I've fit 28's in there but it was tight. I normally run 25's.
Cool, thanks.
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Not really. Rake, brake hole and lawyer tabs = road fork
uhh, blade shape?
usually round vs. oval
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Not really. Rake, brake hole and lawyer tabs = road fork
lawyer tabs just equal new.
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I bought this and love it. BUT the price is so cheap because the race crown has to be changed by your lbs. They leave extra metal so it will make it more generic for everyone. so add about 25 bucks to that 57.

great fork though... i love mine.


sorry to ask but, what is the race crown?
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the crown race is the part of the headset that fits onto the fork near the crown. The fork is a bit bigger here so the crown race will fit snugly. It is this part that he is refering to milling.
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lawyer tabs just equal new.
I assumed that there weren't tabs on a track bike only a street bike. Good to know.
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