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700c Road/Track Fork Upgrade on Vintage Frame?

Old 11-10-18, 08:28 AM
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700c Road/Track Fork Upgrade on Vintage Frame?

What is the best way to swap a vintage frame fork to a more modern road or track fork with recessed brake? Does the headset need to be swapped to adjust for the 4mm height diff? Is it even noticeable? Anyone have any pics? I've got a Schwinn Le Tour 21in and a World Sport 23in and trying to decide my upgrades build. Thanks.
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Make sure the rake and trail are the same. Replacing a hi-ten fork with a chromoly fork for those models is a good upgrade.
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Just go ahead and do it. Only way to learn what all the different factors are.
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Are you just doing it to use a recessed brake? If so you can try drilling out your existing fork. Wouldn't spend a ton of money upgrading a World Sport and such.
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So I am in the process of doing this "conversion" myself. 2 things..

1. It works..kind of.. The recessed brake calipers will fit and screw just fine.
2. HOWEVER...the calipers and fork have SUCHHHH a tight clearance that some calipers might not work. I tried fitting 2 different calipers, Suntour Superbe Pro, which did not work due to the brake pads rubbing up against the fork. No bueno. Campagnolo Deltas, worked out perfectly till I test-fitted onto a front wheel..the wheel rubbed up against the inside of the deltas so it would not spin..Im thinking of using 1 more washer to compensate the lack of clearance between the fork and calipers/pads and tonight will have a better idea! Hoping this works out for both of us!
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Appreciate the replies, mainly I was asking because I have a Giant Cadex 980c front fork laying around. Originally intended to put on a Trek 2200 Alpha SL frame, but diddeci not to. I stoppeds my Le Tour to bare metal, and then was trying to decide whether to build back with the original front fork or the Giant fork. Because of the the fork height I could trim down for a Threadless headset, or rethread for threaded we a cool stem.

The fork probably fits the 23in World Sport as is, but will probably just sell the frame as is (too many bike projects).

Was just curious if anyone had done the 700c fork to older road bike frames and thoughts/visuals on it. I have read the front to rear and drilling the front fork rear for recessed. Always an option for the World Sport.
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Originally Posted by shuru421 View Post
So I am in the process of doing this "conversion" myself. 2 things..

1. It works..kind of.. The recessed brake calipers will fit and screw just fine.
2. HOWEVER...the calipers and fork have SUCHHHH a tight clearance that some calipers might not work. I tried fitting 2 different calipers, Suntour Superbe Pro, which did not work due to the brake pads rubbing up against the fork. No bueno. Campagnolo Deltas, worked out perfectly till I test-fitted onto a front wheel..the wheel rubbed up against the inside of the deltas so it would not spin..Im thinking of using 1 more washer to compensate the lack of clearance between the fork and calipers/pads and tonight will have a better idea! Hoping this works out for both of us!
What wheel/tire setup are you using?
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