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Old 06-22-10, 04:48 PM   #1
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1" threadless touring fork?

I'm trying to re-build an older touring bike (a 1999 Novara Randonee) and I'm trying to replace the fork with a bit of newer technology.

I can't seem to find anything that will work...I've looked through the forum (my search is messed up for some reason--but I still didn't readily see anything regarding a 1" threadless touring fork).

With the help of google, I was able to find a Tange Prestige 1" threadless touring fork (supposedly with rack bosses and fender eyelets), but the picture is awful, and it's a "call for availability" item from a dealer I'm unfamiliar with.

I checked eBay but can't seem to find anything there, either.

Any suggestions? Anyone have an old one laying around, begging to be used?
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Old 06-26-10, 07:07 AM   #2
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This will be rare, both fork and headset. I once considered a similar option but then decided against using 1" threadless because it would be so difficult to find replacement parts if needed, especially quickly while on tour.
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1" threadless carbon forks are common enough. Profile & Ritchy are usually available. You throw a shim on to use the 1 1/8" stems. Headseats should not be that hard to find. The bike is only 11 years old.
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I'm trying to re-build an older touring bike (a 1999 Novara Randonee) and I'm trying to replace the fork with a bit of newer technology.

I can't seem to find anything that will work...I've looked through the forum (my search is messed up for some reason--but I still didn't readily see anything regarding a 1" threadless touring fork).

With the help of google, I was able to find a Tange Prestige 1" threadless touring fork (supposedly with rack bosses and fender eyelets), but the picture is awful, and it's a "call for availability" item from a dealer I'm unfamiliar with.

I checked eBay but can't seem to find anything there, either.

Any suggestions? Anyone have an old one laying around, begging to be used?

Upgrading to what? Bikes are not computers. A 1" threaded stem is every bit as good as a threadless one. In general , one doesn't mess with changing things like this on a bike. Use it as intended. You may be able to find another fork(The QBP catalog has plenty of choices) , but the dimensions will be different. The handling will change in an unpredictable way. Usually not for the better. You'd be rolling the dice in a big way.

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Old 06-26-10, 09:30 AM   #5
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I agree with Garthr, leave the fork and headset alone. If you want to use the newer stems and handlebars, buy a Nitto stem adapter (Google Nitto stem adapters). It costs a little bit more (around $40) than many the adapters, but it is very stiff and has quite a bit of vertical adjustability. It will feel just like the 1 1/8 threadless set ups.
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I have to say, I am with the people that see absolutely no logic in a move like this. Unless you got into a front-end collision, your fork and headset are fine and will continue to be fine for years and years.

That said, your best bet is to find a used touring bike several sizes too large and chop off the threaded portion of the steerer tube.
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If its not broken, why fix it? Looking at the pictures I see on the net, it already has eyelets and canti brake bosses (which might be good upgrades if they were lacking). And probably a nice amount of trail for easy stable riding. If it is broken then:

How about this nice steel Surly fork

http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...ls.php?id=7000

or this Tange Infinity CroMo fork

http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...1&category=704

Winwood Dusty Carbon

http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...1&category=704

Or the old Nashbar Cyclocross Carbon

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...1_10000_200456
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