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Old 06-05-11, 06:55 PM   #1
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Is this fork safe?

When I was about to go for a ride this weekend, I noticed some chipping at the top of the fork (sorry for the crappy pic -- I took it with a cell phone).

I wound up taking a different bike, but under closer inspection it appeared like I just took a little paint off some metal at the top. However, I don't know anything about how forks are put together so getting some more eyes on the problem made sense.

BTW, this is on a 'bent and the chain passes right by here, so that's the most likely cause of the damage. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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What's the fork made out of? Even if it is carbon fiber, that looks like a small scratch in the paint. I wouldn't worry about it.

From the picture it almost looks like your fork crown race isn't fully seated on the fork. Now that would be a problem worth addressing. Hard to tell though, I might just be seeing a glare on the photo.
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What's the fork made out of? Even if it is carbon fiber, that looks like a small scratch in the paint. I wouldn't worry about it.

From the picture it almost looks like your fork crown race isn't fully seated on the fork. Now that would be a problem worth addressing. Hard to tell though, I might just be seeing a glare on the photo.
It's CF.

I'll take a closer look at the crown race -- I see what you mean. Just in case it isn't fully seated, am I taking any major safety risks riding like this?
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Crown race looks upside down to me. I would take the fork off and inspect it or take a quick trip to the LBS of your choice.
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crown race does look upside down, but it could be the design of the King Headset (I'm not familiar with it) and the apparent tilt might be due to the angle of the shot.
the scratch looks like a scratch, nothing more. but it might be more. this is better checked out in-person by someone knowledgeable. Pictures are tricky for something like this.
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