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Fork for touring

Old 04-26-05, 06:56 PM
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I bought a Jamis Nova cross bike two years ago and started touring last summer with it (adventures around Puget Sound and a jaunt from Seattle to San Francisco last summer).

I quickly realized that it was way more comfortable for me to have my handle bars up higher and be less hunched over while touring, so I bought a steerer extender to put the handlebars roughly level with the saddle.

Now I'm sick of having this steerer extender for a couple of reasons (more stuff clamped on the bike, not really slick looking, etc.), so I'm in the market for a new fork for touring that has a longer steerer.

Here are my requirements: Steel is essential, Lugged is preferable, mid-fork screw-holes for mounting my Tubus Tara rack are also essentrial.

I came across the Surly Long Haul Trucker fork and was considering getting it for my Jamis. Does anyone have experience with this fork or have any other suggestions?

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Old 04-27-05, 08:39 AM
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The Novara and LHC have enough similarities that a fork swap should not be an issue. Make sure the steering tube( steerer) diameter is the same.There may be some diffrences in axle to crown height and some small diffrences in fork rake but it is unlikely enough to adversely affect handling.
I was checking the Quality bicycle products (QBP) online catalog and they only list a 26" LHC fork being available. The picture you show looks like a 700c front wheel. you might want to double check with your LBS or go to www.aebike.com and use email or phone to confirm with them. AEBike generally sells QBP stuff for a bit less than everyone else. Other than that you may have to get a Cross fork and find someone to braze the mid fork mounts on. Or you could try getting the largest frame size fork for your model of bike from Jamis.
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