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Old 03-12-15, 12:45 PM
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1" Touring Fork

I know Rivendell makes some folks here upset but I saw this and thought I would pass it along.

700c Simpleone Fork

700c Simpleone forks. 3 sizes fit most. Mid fork rack mounts (fits a Nitto Mini Cantilever rack) Rivendell fork crown. No paint.

•1" Steer Tube
•40mm of thread
•Double Eyelet Dropouts
•50mm Max tire clearance without fender
•45mm'ish Max tire with a Fender
•47.5mm rake
•Run a bigger front tire on your old touring rig

So if you need a nice 1" lugged fork for your bike, (canti's and multiple rack mounts) this might be a good choice.
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Thanks! Where was this when I trashed my touring fork? That frame is gone now.
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Isn't that part of the Grant Petersen conspiracy to make us give up our lycra?
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Isn't that part of the Grant Petersen conspiracy to make us give up our lycra?
Installation of this fork will make any bike sprout wide tires, multiple racks/bag combo's and un-aerodynamic handle bars.
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I liked the Helenca Fabric Shorts better , but the one seller making them fell into the pack with Lycra.

have added Braze ons when Needed , but @ that price . it looks like GP has a TW contract supplier , Perhaps Merry Sales stocks them Too.
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Any thoughts on whether that fork might have too much rake for a cyclo cross build.
Would like to ditch the one inch threadless fork and go threaded.
thanks
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That's pretty reasonably priced, too. I'm somewhat surprised.
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Originally Posted by OTS
Any thoughts on whether that fork might have too much rake for a cyclo cross build.
Would like to ditch the one inch threadless fork and go threaded.
thanks
My 2010 Salsa La Cruz cyclocross bike had a rake of 45mm IIRC. I am not sure if that actually helps but....there it is.

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Originally Posted by fender1
Installation of this fork will make any bike sprout wide tires, multiple racks/bag combo's and un-aerodynamic handle bars.
And you'll grow a second top tube!
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Originally Posted by TimmyT
Thanks! Where was this when I trashed my touring fork? That frame is gone now.
I have no Lycra t give up. Does that make me a Grant fanboy?
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Originally Posted by dweenk
I have no Lycra t give up. Does that make me a Grant fanboy?
I ... I don't know that!

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I actually just ordered one of these the other day. It's going to be a few months before it gets mounted though, the bike it is going on is last in my build queue. I'll be lucky to get to it before Fall.

Note that it comes unpainted. If mine looks as good as the pictures on their website I may well clear coat it and just paint a bit of the trim.

Also note that that the mid-fork braze-ons are in a Rivendell specific spot, and may only fit Nitto racks made for these forks. Anyone know if the Velo Orange non-standard mid-fork braze on location is the same distance?

I do like that there are three different steerer lengths available as well.

I'll post pics here when it arrives, and after I finally get it mounted.

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I'll post pics here when it arrives, and after I finally get it mounted.
Please do. I'm half tempted to buy one of these just in case I need it someday.
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Soma also sells nice steel forks with both 1" and 1-1/8" steerers, threaded and threadless. I've got their forks on two of my bikes and they are excellent quality.

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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman
Please do. I'm half tempted to buy one of these just in case I need it someday.
+1. The only problem with buying one is that it will lead to another bike..........
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+1. The only problem with buying one is that it will lead to another bike..........
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Okay, the fork arrived today. Seemed very quick from when I ordered it. Very well packed in cardboard, paper, bubble wrap, secured well in packing tape. Basically, it looks as good as the one on Rivendell's site, looks virtually identical as to condition/appearance of finish. Rivendell's photographer did a better job than I can, so I have very little to add. I did take two shots that I thought might be some assistance to some:

1) When looking at the pictures on their website I was curious as to how exactly the different layers of filigree came together on the underside of the crown, so I took a pic of that area to share:



That's as unpretty as any of the brazing gets. All the rest of it is about as nice as can be. In fact, my mid-fork braze-ons look cleaner than Rivendell's example on their website. I'll be painting all of the crown area anyway, and this'll be hidden under fender as well...

FWIW, it does have a couple of blemishes that look they are shop wear/scratches. This isn't a problem for me and I was expecting as much, in the second picture on their webpage you can see a very similar blemish along the top of the crown near the inset "dots" detail and similar blemishes around the brake bolt hole are visible in some of their pictures. As far as I can tell these blemishes are very superficial and if they weren't naturally covered by painting, I suspect they'd only require the most minor attention to buff them out. Just something for you to be aware of. I went ahead and clear coated the forks and will be leaving everything between the crown and the drop outs clear coated bare metal, blemishes and all. The frame I am mating it to is something like a glossy slate gray (but with a cobalt blue tint - "shale blue"), so the near g-u-n-metal colored bare metal is actually a near match for my paint and I think will go nicely together. We'll see, if not, I can always paint over the clear coat later.



Note that my phone-camera's flash washed out the color a bit, the color of the forks is nearly classic g-u-n-metal. The pictures on Rivendell's site do the color better justice.


2) I took this shot to illustrate how beefy the drop outs are, I don't think their one shot of it quite illustrated how chunky these are:



Again, I'm cool with this, just something you should be aware of.


I'm quite happy with them, just need to figure out what kind of clear coat to put over the Testors Dull-Cote I put on it after I took the above photos. I wanted to hit it with that first, because I don't like bare metal clear coat treatments that look wet all the time. I'm open to suggestions as to what to clear coat it with over that. Only thing I'm not really thrilled about is the aesthetics of the rack bosses. I prefer tapped in to this kind of tacked-on style, but it'll either be pretty much hidden by a small rack or partially hidden by a light mount or two so I can live with that. I knew what I was getting when I ordered it, their pictures are quite clear as to this. I suspect the fork blades themselves can be a little thinner/sleeker overall if they don't have a M5 bolt boss running through them, so some of the grace of this fork is due to the style of braze on they chose.

Oh, and a little reminder here to myself: I'll measure the mid-fork braze on location and see if it appears to match up with the Velo Orange non-standard mid-fork braze on location. VO has a partial spec on their website. I'll post that here.

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Now, if they would make on in 26", with roller cam mounts, I'd be set.,,,,BD
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Now, if they would make on in 26", with roller cam mounts, I'd be set.,,,,BD
You're looking for an 1986 or '87 Schwinn High Sierra. I regularly see those for ~$150.

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My 87 High Sierra has unicrown roller forks, and my 84 Sierra had lugged crown and canti's. I don't know if Schwinn ever mixed the two though? They did on my 85 C'dale SM600, and that's what I need the forks for.,,,,BD

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My 87 High Sierra has unicrown roller forks, and my 84 Sierra had lugged crown and canti's. I don't know if Schwinn ever mixed the two though? They did on my 85 C'dale SM600, and that's what I need the forks for.,,,,BD
Here's Schwinn MTB spec sheets from '81-'90. Supposedly they didn't stick too closely to this at times, but our '86 Sierra only differs from the spec sheet by having an earlier Mountech rear derailleur.

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That's as unpretty as any of the brazing gets.
for a production fork, the brazing looks good to me . you're too fussy, for what you are willing to spend.

buy the riffling files and do the hand Filing of the Brazing to suit your standards , yourself.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob
for a production fork, the brazing looks good to me . you're too fussy, for what you are willing to spend.

buy the riffling files and do the hand Filing of the Brazing to suit your standards , yourself.

He said it was nice, actually. Maybe you read it too fast.
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Looks like no real Low rider boss , so maybe hire those fitted , mid Fork, before sending it out for a Powder coat Job.

My data left off Peeve, reading the site, not the cut and paste, is its short on stating the axle center to fork crown race seat dimension .

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