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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 07-17-10, 09:44 AM   #1
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I wanna turn my Surly into a Frakenbike. Front fork question

So I have several bike these days....the Surly steamroller is getting very little use. Its practically been replaced with a Schwinn Paramount fixed gear. I would like to breath new life into this bike...and I think a fun project for it would be to really turn it upside down by adding ridiculously fatty tires. The current front fork though won't allow me to run anything bigger than 38mm wide... it would be nice to get into the 40s.
With that said... whats the best way to achieve this? Can I get a pugsley or LHT fork and replace the steamroller fork? Is that even doable? Should I look into 650b wheels?? Or am I gonna have to suck in my pride and go with 38s? I know its only 2-5 mm difference...but still. I wanna have fun with this thing and I think adding a pugsley fork would be ridiculously cool. Plus these have attachments for disc brakes...which is pretty sweet. Thanks a lot for your help and insight.
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Old 07-17-10, 09:54 AM   #2
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Actually looking at Surly's webpage I tried to find a fork that is similar in size with a wide fork with the disc mount brake options.
Big Dummy is the closest so far.. just looking at the numbers at least.
http://surlybikes.com/parts/big_dummy_fork/
the axle to crown is about 50mm longer. Im not totally sure what this will entail...will that mean its a more upright riding position since its a taller fork? I dunno... im not bike savvy. Still learning all the ins and outs here.
Here is a link to the Steamroller fork for comparison. http://surlybikes.com/parts/steamroller_fork/

thanks again for your help
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Old 07-17-10, 12:56 PM   #3
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also remember that even if you get a new fork to support the 40's the rear of your bike wont allow for that clearance. i have a steamroller also i might add. they are the shiznits
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Old 07-17-10, 12:59 PM   #4
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the rear is able to accomodate a little a bigger tire than the front though right?
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Old 07-17-10, 01:48 PM   #5
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unfortunately no. so unless you do want to run 40's you will have to get a new frame
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Old 07-17-10, 02:49 PM   #6
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boo. ok. thats ok... i will have to bit my lip and go with it i guess. thanks
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Old 07-17-10, 04:25 PM   #7
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38's are huge anyway. I'm running CX 35's on an old road frame and they're awesome fun. They only just fit though.
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Old 07-17-10, 07:16 PM   #8
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Sell it and start over with a mountain bike frame ? The closest thing I have to bikes of the same type are a road bike and track bike. My 3rd bike is a 21 speed mountain bike. I think the one I'm missing is the cruiser/urban commuter with the soft ride you're probably looking for ? The mountain bike is that for me anyway, it's really an atb (all terrain), I interpret that to include street.
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Old 07-17-10, 07:19 PM   #9
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Or... sell the Steamroller and get a Crosscheck. They'll take 45's. CX is the new fixed after all.
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Old 07-18-10, 06:26 PM   #10
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A while back I saw a photo of a steamroller with 26" rims and 2" or 2.5" tires. Looked amazing. Like it would eat potholes for lunch. Can't remember if it used the stock fork.
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Old 10-21-10, 10:17 PM   #11
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Sell it, get a 1X1 frame, some Large Marge Rims and a pair of Hoggy G's. There's your fat tire frankenbike!
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slughtly off topic.....how can I best get a front disc brake on my surly cross check?
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cross check fork can fit up to 45's I think
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slughtly off topic.....how can I best get a front disc brake on my surly cross check?
You'll have to find a fork of similar dimensions that includes disk caliper tabs. The UCI has recently legalized disk brakes in cyclocross so there should be a few of them out there. I don't have any particular suggestions but just search "disk cross fork".

Also, make sure you buy a mechanical (cable actuated) caliper that matches the type of lever you want to use (mountain or road).
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a longer fork will really increase stability and sluggishness.
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26" coaster brake wheelset. hilarity, trust me.
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