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Old 03-21-18, 09:20 PM
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ID model Tange chrome fork?

Hi All,

It's marked "TANGE made in JAPAN 1C" The lugs have circle cutouts. 700c and no eyelets.

I'm currently running this fork on my Schwinn and liking it a lot.

Curious if anyone know the model or what type of tubing it might be (hi-ten, chromoly, etc...)









EDIT: looks like a "130" model based on this Tange catalog


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Want another one? I think mine is the 160, for a 56cm frame.

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The presence of the stiffening tangs on the inside of the blades would indicate a higher grade material such as CrMo. I've never seen them used on a hi-tensile Tange fork.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
The presence of the stiffening tangs on the inside of the blades would indicate a higher grade material such as CrMo. I've never seen them used on a hi-tensile Tange fork.
Nor were the helical reinforced steer tubes used on the non-Champion forks. Does this fork have the helical ribs at the base of the steer tube?
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I believe your Tange fork is a cro-mo Tange 130. I have a hi-tensile fork with an identical looking pressed crown but I believe the cro-mo fork's crown was cast as yours seems to be. As well, as T-Mar pointed out, yours has blade reinforcements and my hi-tensile Tange fork does not. Finally, check fork weight. My hi-tensile fork for a 60 cm frame weighs 1 lb 14 oz and is catalogued as the Tange 230. The cro-mo forks weighed in at around 1 lb 8 to 1 lb 10 oz.
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Thanks for the replies! I'll have to check for ribbing on the steerer. It's on the bike, so it might be tricky to see.

Speaking of the bike, it's on a 1981 Schwinn Superior, which came to me with an incorrect 27" chrome fork. Superiors originally came with an OEM Tange fork, so this one seems pretty close to "correct". It certainly rides nice and handles beautifully.

I got this fork from another forum member years ago with the intent of using it on a track bike. The rake was wrong, so it just sat until I got the Superior last year.
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I'll have to check for ribbing on the steerer. It's on the bike, so it might be tricky to see.
Just take the wheel out and look into the bottom of the steer tube. The ribs look like this:

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I have a very similar looking fork. I liked it, but my issue was that I could only get 23 mm tires (and then just barely - but I was using wide rims) to fit under the brakes. It was so tight that if I took the bike down a dirt road that was at all damp, that thin layer of dirt particles on the tire would rub on the bottom of the brake for the rest of the ride and drove me nuts. I eventually replaced the fork with an uglier, heavier fork because I wanted more clearance. As I needed a 230 mm steerer tube, I had to take what I could find.
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