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Forks (Trail XC 50mm) for my daughter's Lustre 1 need my help

Old 05-15-15, 07:33 AM
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Forks (Trail XC 50mm) for my daughter's Lustre 1 need my help

and I need yours. How do I make them not fully depressed and, instead, functional?

thank you, in advance, for the good advice that they need to be replaced, but this is not an option for me at this time, although you are most likely correct.

I see no adjustment, the caps are resistant enough to remove that I am reluctant to force them until I have someone's direction. There are no owner's manuals at Diamondback.... which is discouraging.

Has anyone had experience with Trail XC?
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Old 05-15-15, 08:44 AM
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The forks on the DB are a really basic model, without knowing who makes them, it's pretty hard to know what's wrong with them, with out seeing them.

Would suggest taking the bike to a good LBS who carry that sort of bike for advice, but be prepared to replace the fork, as most basic forks are disposable once they have issues, as repair will cost more than the cost of replacement.

For the owners manual, very few if any bikes come with one, and haven't for many years.
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Frankly- that bike is "un-ridable." And in my opinion, not safe.

I friend of mine- female, middle aged, single, independent, and wants to be one of the boys and won't ask for direction- bought one of those so we could go for rides. She was all proud of herself. So we head out for a short jaunt around the neighborhood. I could see she was having a problem riding it, but initially I chalked it up to her not having ridden in a few years. After a bit I could see things weren't improving, so I suggesting we switch bikes. Two turns of the crank and I understood. It was like a pogo stick on wheels. In it's current state it was not safe. Braking and turning were un-stable as a result of the fork mainly. After that day it was hung in the rafters (which is where it belongs) and remains there to this day. I ended up giving her my little single speed, and she rides happily ever after.

If I were to attempt to make this bike ridable and safe, I'd disable the suspension and replace the knobbies. That's all. I wouldn't spend much on it because it's not worth much. In the end you still have a pig of a bike. That fork will come apart. Replace the springs with a solid tube so it becomes a rigid front end. That would be a huge improvement in handling but in the end you still a BSO that was never intended by the manufacturer to be ridden much.
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It's a cheap and nasty non adjustable fork from what I can see.


They call that bike a 'mountain bike' but it probably would of had warning stickers on like....

A mountain bike that's 'not designed for off road use'
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