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Old 07-10-17, 10:37 AM   #26
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I'm no expert but I think the front fork isn't rated or have the capacity needed for 2 riders.
It's a brand new 26" Schwinn Twinn Tandem I bought from Amazon sold by Pacific Cycle.

Can I purchase a fork that has higher weight capacity and possibly an inch or 2 taller ?
I can't find too many details on the fork but it looks like an elastomer fork. Since you've said that the fork is fully compressed, I suspect that the elastomers are too soft. You might be able to find stiffer elastomers here but it's a long shot.

A replacement fork that is up to the job would probably be prohibitively expensive...$200 to $700. If you want to stay with the suspension fork, look for an air/oil shock like a Fox or Manitou. The Manitou M30 might be the ticket at around $180.

Another alternative is to go with a rigid fork. If you don't need the suspension fork for off-road...and I suspect that the Schwinn Twinn isn't suitable for much off-roading...you'll drain a lot of the swamp by replacing it with a rigid fork. Just about any bike shop should be able to get you a disc brake equipped fork for $50 to $100.

Look into the elastomers first but you'll need to figure out how to get them out of the fork first.
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