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Old 04-11-21, 09:25 PM
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Replacing Fork

Is it possible to replace a fork to go from suspension to rigid.

The fork we have can have the suspension locked out but I was wondering if it would it just be simpler to replace the thing?

Or thoughts on replacing both the fork and the brakes is why we were also considering a new or different bike.
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Old 04-12-21, 09:01 AM
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Ya gotta tell us the bike so we have some idea what we're talking about.
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If you like bike, you can replace the suspension fork with a rigid fork. But as Happy Feet stated, it would be good to know what bike you are swapping and where you plan to ride it.

If it is going to be used for paved surfaces, you don’t want to get a fork where ATC is too long as will slacken the head angle and might slow the steering too much.

I have found that it is less of an issue, but it depends on the bike, on trails.

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At this point, does it really matter which model? It's an aluminum TREK something or other. The head set bearings are internal to the large diameter head tube.

Where do I go to review the replacement fork offerings for geometry and price?
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Maybe you should try, oh...I don't know, something like Google? You enter what you're looking for and it comes up w/ thousands of answers in a fraction of a second. Really quite amazing.
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FWIW, you want to determine the wheel size - 700C, 650B, 26" ?. Then the headset type - tapered ?, not ?, then decide on a carbon or steel.

Soma makes a bunch of steel forks for assorted bike wheels and systems, also look at Universal Cycles.
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Originally Posted by Bad Lag View Post
At this point, does it really matter which model? It's an aluminum TREK something or other. The head set bearings are internal to the large diameter head tube...
I will suggest a Bluto RL. Hopefully it will fit your Trek something or other.
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Old 04-12-21, 12:19 PM
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1993 StumpJumper FS. I went on a tour and wanted front panniers, and no one back in the 1990s was quite sure if you could slap panniers on a shock. So I got an old rigid fork from the LBS, off a GT. I switched back to the FS for a while, but once the seals failed and it needed maintenance, I put the rigid back on. I find I don't miss it much.

Thing is, I don't know that this bike was necessarily designed for the shock, or if they just slapped it on that year's regular model. Either way, I got used to it.

So, yeah, it can be done, not a big deal, to my mind.
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Originally Posted by Bad Lag View Post
At this point, does it really matter which model? It's an aluminum TREK something or other. The head set bearings are internal to the large diameter head tube.

Where do I go to review the replacement fork offerings for geometry and price?
If you wanted help it would matter what model it is if you didn't want help, why are you here and being combative, plenty of other fun things to do on the internet.

If you truly want help, you can't just sit there and act combative when people ask for important info. People who come in and just act nasty for no good reason don't need to be here, be nice, be kind and be helpful to us so we can be helpful to you.
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At this point, does it really matter which model? It's an aluminum TREK something or other. The head set bearings are internal to the large diameter head tube.

Where do I go to review the replacement fork offerings for geometry and price?
so its new enough to have an integrated headset. Does it also have a tapered steering tube? The bottom of the headtube would likely look noticeably bigger than the top.

this would limit you from putting on a generic rigid replacement. There may be some satisfaction out there with a smaller shop like Somafab.com. They sell replacement forks for a lot of applications

between this and the brakes, it doesnt seem like that Trek is being very good to you
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Old 04-14-21, 06:45 PM
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At this point, does it really matter which model?
Unless you’re a stickler for getting correct information... no, not really.
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https://bermstyle.com/go-rigid-5-rig...ke-conversion/
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simpler? ride what you got
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I have a Trek something or other and I'm in the process of replacing the fork with a Salsa suspension corrected fork. The original fork was really a bad 100mm travel suspension fork that is now being recycled into something else. It's easier to do this if the travel of the suspension fork is minimal like mine was.
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Old 06-01-21, 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
Maybe you should try, oh...I don't know, something like Google? You enter what you're looking for and it comes up w/ thousands of answers in a fraction of a second. Really quite amazing.
Sooo in other words, don't ask on Bike Forums?
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Old 06-01-21, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
Sooo in other words, don't ask on Bike Forums?
Gimme a break, he specifically asked where to look for options. I gave a reasonable answer and a couple of members even liked it.
ETA: And it was over a month and a half ago...

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