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Old 01-03-20, 10:35 AM
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Fuso FRX

Just picked up this gorgeous 54cm Fuso FRX #550 ... Weirdness on the rear drive train being dumped to replace withe Dura-ace 7700 to match the rest of the bike. But... And it's a big one! The front fork is bent from a collision. Do I just bend it back using my trusty lil' brute or do I shell out $175 for new blades into the old crown. The fork crown is fine.

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Old 01-03-20, 12:02 PM
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Sourcing another Fuso anything will be very hard, so you might want to consider repairing or 'correcting'. Repairing might be the better option.
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Old 01-04-20, 03:24 AM
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Another vote for repair. It looks like the bending in the fork is in the upper blades as opposed to at the blade-to-crown intersection, which makes the repair possibility really iffy. You're in a good spot. Other benefits to repair: No repainting necessary / it will still be the original color (love the colors!) regardless of work done to it. Big bonus. And finally: that steel is what Dave Moulton meant for that frame. Re-formed to his specs, it will be and ride like he intended it to, which is a big reason you and anyone else got a Fuso in the first place.
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Old 01-04-20, 07:42 AM
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A frame builder might be able to bend them back for you but I'd replace it with this https://www.somafab.com/archives/pro...ade-track-fork

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Old 01-04-20, 08:15 AM
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Did you check the downtube for any damage? Looks like it took a pretty good hit.

I would opt for repairing it. Harder to sell a bike with non original fork.
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Old 01-04-20, 08:17 AM
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If the steer tube is not damaged I think you would be fine getting jiggie with it and bending forward.
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Old 01-04-20, 07:01 PM
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This fork could be safely straightened. I wrote an article here. Dave Moulton's Blog - Dave Moulton's Bike Blog - Straightening steel forksv
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Old 01-04-20, 09:18 PM
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Thanks Dave! That's very reassuring. I absolutely love the look of this bike. I just need to get on it and ride it. Trying to find someone in Florida who has the experience. I do not want to botch this one. Nice article as well.
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I just bought a frame with a (not original) Fuso fork for a 56 cm...except it's RED, but blades are not bent! PM me if interested and I'll snap some pix. I have another fork for this frame so don't need the Fuso (at least not YET!)

And BTW if there are any Fuso owners that need a red fork (same crown as in the pink example) with Campy forkends, drop me a PM. It's marked "56" and has a short section of threading, maybe 25mm or so.

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Old 01-05-20, 01:28 PM
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There is a reason why the threads are short on frames I built, outlined in this article, Dave Moulton's Blog - Dave Moulton's Bike Blog - Why so short?
But because of this your 56 cm. fork would probably not work in a 54 cm, frame. Even though normally you could add a spacer, with a short thread there is not enough thread to screw the top bearing cup down.
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Old 01-05-20, 04:46 PM
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Was this the bike listed in the Tampa area? Anyhow, if your in the area, call Allen Wanta, a framebuilder in Clearwater. He might be able to fix it, or make you a new one.
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Old 01-07-20, 08:05 AM
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Does anyone know "miamijim" ? ... He's in my area. Hoping he can take a look at this fork. Sent him a PM, but no response.
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Old 01-07-20, 08:06 AM
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I talked to Al. He's just not interested in straightening.
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Old 01-21-20, 07:10 AM
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Old 01-21-20, 11:48 PM
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Way to go! Any comments on the fork repair process?
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