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Vintage frame: Threaded to Non-threaded fork and headset?

Old 08-15-11, 11:23 AM
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Vintage frame: Threaded to Non-threaded fork and headset?

I have a c. 1988 Vitus 979 frame that needs a headset and fork. Originally it came with a threaded headset and fork. Is there any problem with putting a non-threaded fork and headset on this frame?
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Old 08-15-11, 11:32 AM
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No issues at all. I've got one myself.

You might want to notice the fork rake on the replacement. Since I didn't know what my frame had originally, I went with a 45mm. YMMV.
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Agree that it's very straight-forward. A new fork, headset and stem and you should be set. Most threadless stems are made to fit 1-1/8" steerers but a lot come with a shim to fit a 1" steerer. If your doesn't include the shim, any bike shop will have a big box of extras. You may need new handlebars if you choose a stem with a 31.8 mm bar clamp.

These days a rake of 43 mm seems almost standard for road forks and that should work well.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I appreciate it. Looks like the '1989 Vitus project' can move forward.
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