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Old 04-23-08, 10:46 PM
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1" steerer tube - reason not to buy?

Looking at a bike with a 1 inch fork steerer tube, carbon fiber. I looked around for replacement parts, stems, etc, and realized nothing fits these bloody things unless you use a shim.

Is that justification to find a different bike, or are 1" forks easier to come by than I'm making out?
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Old 04-23-08, 10:58 PM
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1" forks are definitely being phased out, at least in the road bikes market. However, they are definitely available and definitely cheaper to buy off something like ebay than a 1 1/8" fork.

What are you really really worried about? You're not likely going to be changing your fork out. You will end up being limited to your choices of stem/handlebar if you don't use a shim for the stem. These are sort of one-time component decisions though aren't they?
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If it's threaded the parts are pretty common, if it's threadless they are a little more rare but still easy enough to find. I think both chris king and cane creek make headsets for 1" threadless, and stems can be found from many of the major manufacturers.
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I guess I'm more worried about replaceability down the road. I've been messing around with rare components for the past few years on aging bikes, and I'd definitely like to limit the nonstandard parts for a change.

And I know it's silly, but I'm still leary of carbon forks... Supposing it broke, wanted to make sure replacements would be available.
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I guess I'm more worried about replaceability down the road. I've been messing around with rare components for the past few years on aging bikes, and I'd definitely like to limit the nonstandard parts for a change.

And I know it's silly, but I'm still leary of carbon forks... Supposing it broke, wanted to make sure replacements would be available.
I wouldnt worry a whole lot about them getting phased out, if worse comes to worse you can switch over to a threaded 1" setup with a headset swap and a new stem. With the right care I wouldnt be too concerned with carbon forks failing.
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ritchey 'scuzzy' pro logic headsets fit well, and you can use any old 1 1/8" stem with a shim for your steerer tube. you should use 1" spacer rings, though...

i did have one carbon fork with alu steerer break on me, where the steerer was glued into the carbon crown. tightening the Aheadset only lifted the steerer tube further out of the socket, and i wondered for a while why it was always coming loose. no drama, i figured out after a few days what the deal was. but that's not a problem confined to 1" stuff: same design is used on 1 1/8" carbon forks with alloy steerer tubes. get an all-carbon fork if you can: much stronger mechanically.
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You'll still be able to find headsets for years, and stems can be shimmed like many have said.

I wonder if using a shim on a carbon steerer tube is bad...
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If the bike is a very good deal or something special, go for it. 1" forks and both threaded and threadless headsets will be around for the forseeable future. Quill stems are still available and nearly all 1-1/8" threadless stems come with the reducer shim to fit 1" steerers.

That said, unless the deal is super, I'd buy a bike with a 1-1/8" headset and steerer. Even then, the current tendency to "integrated" frames/forks with proprietary headsets and other components may eventually obsolete any bike but the 1-1/8" stuff will be around for a long time and will be easier to find in the future.

Why buy instantly obsolete when you can buy probably obsolete in the near future?
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Take a look at eBay, lots of stuff last I checked.
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