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Old 03-22-07, 06:33 PM
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Question about fork on Schwinn MTB

I'm going to be getting an older (early/mid-90's) Schwinn Mountain Bike, and had a few questions. Were the build quality on these bikes pretty good? AFAIK it has Shimano drivetrain components, grip shifters, and canti-brakes. Here are the specs
1996 Schwinn Clear Creek "Anniversary Edition", size : 17" from BB to Seat Post
BB Shell Width: 68mm English
BB Spindle Length: 113 mm
Bottom Bracket: three-piece chromoly, 113 mm spindle
Brakeset: Shimano Altus brakes, alloy levers
Chain: KMC SS-71S, 1/2 x 3/32"
Chainstay Length: 16.75"
Component Group: Shimano AceraX/Altus
Crankset: SR CW-CH15, 24/34/42 teeth
Fork: Schwinn Unicrown "Bomb-Proof" 4130 chromoly
Frame Angles: 70.0 head, 73.0 seat
Frame Construction: TIG-welded steel
Frame Tubing Material: chromoly main triangle/hi-tensile steel rear stays
Front Brake: Shimano Altus
Front Derailleur: Suntour FD-TP15, top-pull
Head Tube Angle: 70.0
Headset: 1" Victor VP-H83 sealed
Rear Brake: Shimano Altus
Rear Derailleur: Shimano AceraX
Seat Tube Angle: 73.0
Shift Levers: Grip Shift MRX-100
Weight: 29.25lbs
Now the person I'm getting this from hasn't ridden it in probably 3 or 4 years, and it has been sitting under their rear porch uncovered. They tell me its in rideable condition currently, just needs air in the tires. There is a little rust on the exterior of the headset, and the seat is torn up. Otherwise, she seems good to go. Now, the question I have is about the fork. What I want to do is take the fork from my trashed walmart bike and put it on this bike if at all possible. I'll also be using the seat. The bike needs a standard tune-up, so I'll do that when I get it. Seems like a pretty solid base to build up on too, new fork, new derailleurs, new crankset... If all goes well, I'll be picking the bike up this Sunday, for $50.

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Old 03-23-07, 01:38 PM
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Anybody? If anyone could even just tell me what they think about the bike that'd be cool. I haven't seen it yet so I don't know what to expect.
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i dont think i would spend money on that
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Agreed, thinking about it I think this bike would last until I'm able to afford a real bike. I was reading up some more on the component group. The crankset is actually decent, they used it on $750+ bikes. Hearing the description from the owner, it sounds like it is fairly similar to an older Hardrock. Tried to tear the fork off of my old bike, but I don't know how they got it on there. It seems that the stem is welded on to the steerer tube? There is an allen head screw in the top of the steerer tube but it seems totally stuck.
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Originally Posted by JimmyDean012
What I want to do is take the fork from my trashed walmart bike and put it on this bike if at all possible.
There's no reason to go to the effort of adding a heavy, nonperforming fork to an old bike like that. I would stick with the rigid Schwinn and its intended geometry.
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Originally Posted by JimmyDean012
Agreed, thinking about it I think this bike would last until I'm able to afford a real bike. I was reading up some more on the component group. The crankset is actually decent, they used it on $750+ bikes. Hearing the description from the owner, it sounds like it is fairly similar to an older Hardrock. Tried to tear the fork off of my old bike, but I don't know how they got it on there. It seems that the stem is welded on to the steerer tube? There is an allen head screw in the top of the steerer tube but it seems totally stuck.
i dont think that it would be welded, i would try spraying some BP BLASTER or somthing on the allen screw then let it sit for a day and it should loosen up
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Well I got the fork off. It's some wierd design, the steerer tube comes up very short and is threaded on the end, then the handlebars (with welded stem) slides into that and then a big nut goes over the headset bearings. Definitely not reusable on the Schwinn, it's probably for the better anyway. Maybe I can add a fork later.
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Originally Posted by JimmyDean012
Well I got the fork off. It's some wierd design, the steerer tube comes up very short and is threaded on the end, then the handlebars (with welded stem) slides into that and then a big nut goes over the headset bearings. Definitely not reusable on the Schwinn, it's probably for the better anyway. Maybe I can add a fork later.
that sounds like all the older threaded forks to me
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Yea, I should probably read up on the different types of headset designs before I assume this one is not standard. My mistake.
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