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Old 07-21-16, 06:50 AM
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1" threaded suspension fork? - vintage Cannondale MTB

Hey All,
I recently picked up an older cannondale MTB and I was wondering if there was anywhere I could find a 1" threaded suspension fork that I could swap out the rigid one that is currently on the bike?
thanks
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Old 07-21-16, 02:54 PM
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Time machine!

Threaded suspension forks were rare/unusual BITD (threadless & 1 1/8th came in/were pretty standard by 1995 at the same time as early suspension forks), the you need to be looking at the Rock Shox Quadra/Mag series, Marzocchi XCR, Pace RC35 or Manitou 1-3. All of these are pushing 20+ years old, and none perform anything like a modern fork (then you get onto the issue of virtually non-existent spars for most of them).

Would stick with rigid forks if they are working, if you really do want to swap them for something more modern you can get carbon forks with threadless steerers, which is a potential (and fairly easy) conversion.

You could probably source some modern 1" suspension forks, but what is available today aren't what you would really consider putting on anything other than a really low end bike, and for aren't really worth considering (their mainly BSO level)

Here is a thread from MTBR which may be useful (info is 4 years old so the options may not be around anymore https://forums.mtbr.com/vintage-retro...rk-775986.html.

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Old 07-22-16, 10:03 AM
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Some forks in aftermarket came with several steerer tubes at the time of transition from 1, to 1.125" back then.

Leave the rigid one On, the geometry may not work when You jack up the front end for a 100mm travel fork.

Just Go Shopping for a New Bike. Put street tires on that one.

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Old 07-24-16, 01:06 AM
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The 1" suspension forks that were / might still be available were and are pretty awful. Threaded just isn't going to happen. Not a big deal to replace a headset and stem, but just more things.
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Why? --- get decent tires --- a suspension fork will not make you faster, better looking or more sweet smelling on a bike of that vintage

DEcent tires and making sure the shifters and brakes are tuned properly will though ---- consult your local "enthusiast level" bike shop for more help

The type of shop that will address your issues and not automatically try to steer you towards some new budget grade piece of junk on the floor
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