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Old 06-29-08, 03:25 PM
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Front wheel not aligned

I just bought a new Cannondale Synapse and have a question. I'm new to road biking and this is the first time I've bought a bike like this.

I notice when I put the front tire on, that the tire isn't aligned vertically when the forks are all they way down over the axle. I have to push the tire to one side and then engage the quick release hubs. So, one side of the axle isn't seated completely in the groove in the fork.

Is this typical? Do I need to take this bike back?

Any help would be appreciated.

John
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Old 06-29-08, 03:28 PM
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Try flipping the wheel the other way around. If the wheel is still offset on the same side, check for fork alignment. If the wheel is offset in the opposite side, wheel needs to be dished dead center.
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Old 06-29-08, 03:42 PM
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Tried that...same thing on same side

Roadfix,

Thanks for the tip. I tried that and I get the same result on the same side. How do I check for fork alignment? Is that a bike shop trip?

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Originally Posted by mtownjohn View Post
Roadfix,

Thanks for the tip. I tried that and I get the same result on the same side. How do I check for fork alignment? Is that a bike shop trip?

John
yea, your lbs should have "candlesticks". These are installed in the dropouts and are used to check (and sometimes correct) dropout alignment woes.
but i just re-read the OP and does the bike have a steel front fork, or does it come equipped with carbon? if that's the case, and the wheel is dished properly, then the fork might be defective. the lbs would be able to tell you that.
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