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Straight Blade Forks(6 posts)

Straight Blade Forkscouchcanoodle
Dec 23, 2003 2:36 PM
Does anyone know where I can get steel, striaght blade forks? Zero fork rake is a plus.
re: Straight Blade Forkspopdan
Dec 23, 2003 4:39 PM
I've gotten a few sets off eBay. Chrome road colnago's for ~$70 and most recently no-name track forks for $50. I don't know if a zero rake fork exists. the standard for road is around 43mm and track is lower, mine are 35mm but I think I've seen them as low as 28mm.
re: Straight Blade Forkscouchcanoodle
Dec 23, 2003 5:59 PM
Thanks,
I've seen some forks by Steelman Cycles (www.steelmancycles.com) that were zero rake, but the guy who had them said that they cost an arm and a leg. I don't really want to blow my pocketbook on some forks, I just think that they look absolutely awesome, and if I can find some for the right price then I'll snag 'em.
re: Straight Blade Forksmr_e
Dec 23, 2003 9:37 PM
Almost all frames are designed to have 40is mm of rake. Make sure your tire wont hang up on the frame with zero rake (if you can find another). Its going to ride a whole lot diffrently with that kind of change...
No such thing:Alexx
Dec 24, 2003 6:46 PM
Those blades may LOOK straight, but they aren't. Or, if they are, there is a bend at the crown. If you don't belive me, try sliding a long straight pole through the steerer-the axle will ALWAYS have some offset (a.k.a. "rake"). I think that 40mm is about the least you can get.

While were at it, why on earth would you want 0mm rake/offset? A fork like that might be good for motor-pacing @ 60 mph, but it would suck big-time at any speed under maybe 40 mph. Do you have a clear idea about the effect of TRAIL on the handling of a bike? Most road bikes have roughly 55-60mm of TRAIL-your setup would probably result in a rather evil-handling 100mm+ of TRAIL. Why would you want to do such a thing?
exactlyArnold Zefal
Dec 25, 2003 12:02 PM
try turning your current fork around backwards. if the tire will clear, ride it. that's what a no offset fork will ride like.