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Old 01-09-13, 12:11 PM
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Frame/Fork Compatibility

I'm working on a new single speed build. Because I'm on a tight budget I have to go for this frame:

https://www.cyclebabac.com/en/our-sto...category_id=98

however I would like to swap out the fork which comes with the frame for this one:

https://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=802984

How can I tell if the crown of the fork will be compatible with the frame?

Thanks
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Old 01-09-13, 12:17 PM
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get more Data.. Call the sellers..

whats wrong with keeping the regular fork?

you have all the other parts already ?

bits and pieces at retail cost more than just getting a built up bike whole.
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Old 01-09-13, 12:20 PM
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The good: they are both 1 1/8" threadless (and uncut) so that will not be an issue.

The bad: the replacement for doesn't know if it's a 38mm rake or 44mm rake. The 44 is probably a lot closer to the fork you're replacing. The 38mm will [more than likely] change the handling characteristics of the bike, and maybe not to the good.

Why do you feel the need to change the fork to a drilled "track" fork?
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Old 01-09-13, 12:35 PM
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I've read that the straight forks absorb more bouncing from the ride and distribute it through the frame. My last fork the drop out straight up broke off while I was climbing and now it terrifies me.
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Old 01-09-13, 12:37 PM
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Am I simply misinformed?
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Old 01-09-13, 12:40 PM
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And the reason I am building as opposed to buying (I'm pretty sure buying is faster and ?cheaper) is that as a student I'm on a very tight budget. I work at a bike shop so I can order parts at cost.
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a straight fork gives a harsher ride than a curved one, all else being equal. I'd stick with what comes with the frame, ESPECIALLY if you're on a tight budget.
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Old 01-09-13, 12:45 PM
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cool mate, glad too hear my fear is unfounded. It wasn't a gnarly bail or anything but it was in traffic so it kind of scared me.
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Am I simply misinformed?
Only advantage for slightly springy un-suspended forks, was the old designs
that have a small radius bend right at the fork tip.

Straight blade, offset at the fork crown, or a large radius fork blade will not feel that much different,
until you change the material the fork is made out of .

your previous fork may have been damaged or some metal fatigue, not as a result of design.
but of Quality Control vs a cost to make it.
I have no Idea what you did to it.

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I agree with all of the above (especially fb's "bits and pieces at retail cost more than just getting a built up bike whole" comment).

So, I too suggest that you at least try the fork out before you start throwing money at a replacement fork.

Btw, my track bike frame and stock "straight bladed fork" rides much better than I expected. Almost bought a slightly curved carbon fiber disk and V brake ready fork while building it. Decided against this due to my being at least 30% over budget (on a bike that would never be worth even half of what I have in it).
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Originally Posted by FMB42 View Post
I agree with all of the above (especially fb's "bits and pieces at retail cost more than just getting a built up bike whole" comment).

So, I too suggest that you at least try the fork out before you start throwing money at a replacement fork.

Btw, my track bike frame and stock "straight bladed fork" rides much better than I expected. Almost bought a slightly curved carbon fiber disk and V brake ready fork while building it. Decided against this due to my being at least 30% over budget (on a bike that would never be worth even half of what I have in it).
What frameset did you get?
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Originally Posted by m4rx12 View Post
And the reason I am building as opposed to buying (I'm pretty sure buying is faster and ?cheaper) is that as a student I'm on a very tight budget. I work at a bike shop so I can order parts at cost.
I'd order one of the fixie/ss bikes from bikesdirect and be done with. If your odering from cyclesbabac and niagra how is that getting parts at cost?
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What frameset did you get?
It's an inexpensive Dawes from Bike Island. Jumped into the whole thing just to get some experience on "piecing together" a new S.S. "hybrid/all-rounder". Definitely not the way to to go if you're on a tight budget and you're:

1. Stuck buying parts at full retail.

2. Paying full pop for the shipping.

3. Stupid like me and can't manage to get all the parts you need in less than a hundred separate orders (see #2 above).

4. Not worried about finishing the "build" anytime soon, or at anytime period (see #3 above).

5. Like me, and currently way over budget and stuck with brand new "summer" tires that are totally unsuited for the nasty winter weather you're now experiencing (see #s 1, 2, 3, and 4 above).
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If the money is the issue cobble together a bike from used parts..

& Wally World sells a single speed bike ..
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