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Ordered a LHT fork. Will I regret it?

Old 12-11-06, 08:26 PM
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Ordered a LHT fork. Will I regret it?

In converting a mountain bike to touring, I ordered a LHT 26 fork because the suspension fork was bobbing too much on the hills, plus I wanted more braze ons. While waiting on the fork to arrive, I was able to adjust some of the bob out of the fork, and also read on BF that the 26 in may be too short, but if I got a 700 fork it may work better. Now the fork is in and so are the measurements. The LHT is 3 in shorter than the suspension fork. Now if you take off the 1 in sag I get when sitting on the bike, there are 2 full inches difference. With lightly loaded panniers there would be more sag. Would you keep the current 26 or order the 700 which is about 3/4 inch longer and get a new wheel setup or just go with the bobber?
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You bought the wrong fork. The usual rigid fork for replacing a suspension fork is the Tange unicrown fork for suspension bikes ( #17091 I think) which is about 25mm longer from the axle to the crown race to help compensate for the addition length of a suspension fork, Dimension, Vicious and Nashbar each sell one that compensate for suspension forks also . Tange and Dimension rigid forks can be ordered through any LBS that buys from QBP. Online there is www.webcyclery.com and another source is www.bikeman.com

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Old 12-12-06, 08:45 AM
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You should have bought a regular MTB rigid fork..like this or one of the many on the market. Don't fudge areound with the LHT fork..it'll never work correctly. If you really want a surly fork, buy the 1x1 model fork.

https://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...%20ATB%20Forks
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Thanks for all the tips and web links !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Nashbar looks to be almost the exact same length as the suspension fork, which means it is the longest of all I have looked at. Don't know if that needs to be the determining factor to purchase though. Looks like somebody is going to get a deal on the LHT fork now.............................
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