After reading threads regarding old tandem forks I grew concerned about the current setup on our '92 Ellison Aluminum Bike Co. Tandem. I rebuilt this baby last Spring and retained the Tange Switchblade fork with a 1-inch steerer. After visually inspecting the fork, I had it powder-coated and then had it installed by my LBS. I've had no problems to-date, but I'm feeling uneasy now thinking that a 20-year old fork, particularly a one-inch steerer, may be ready for retirement. So, I'm reaching out for some guidance - as I would feel far more comfortable installing a new fork. Apart from a Wound Up carbon, are there other more modestly priced options available in the one-inch, tandem-rated category?
Weight is not a huge factor. Do you have any recommendations?
Check the photos and measurements below.
Trail = 41mm / Wheel Flop = 10mm / Mechanical Trail = 39mm / Head Angle 75 degrees
Our weight is ~350# (captain + stoker). While the Switchblade is disc brake compatible, we run Shimano Deore LX cantilever brakes.