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Fork crack - is the a failure waiting to happen?(7 posts)

Fork crack - is the a failure waiting to happen?NATHNOJ
Apr 14, 2002 7:24 PM
It looks to me like the brazing holding the little top cap is letting go. Should I stop riding the fork? Might this be indicative of issues elsewhere?

Thanks for your opinions.
Photo here.NATHNOJ
Apr 14, 2002 7:26 PM
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is the paint cracked also?slow-ron
Apr 15, 2002 4:17 AM
Hard to tell from the picture but is there a paint crack in the same area or is it still smooth. If the paint isn't cracked I would say that it could be a brazed joint that didn't get filed down before painting. If the paint is cracked then you have joint coming apart. That could be pretty bad if it lets go on a down hill and the fork blade buckles.
re: Fork crack - is the a failure waiting to happen?curlybike
Apr 14, 2002 8:10 PM
That looks to be cosmetic, not structural.
2 part answermuncher
Apr 15, 2002 5:31 AM
1) The cap doesn't really do anything structural. Have a good check at the joins of the fork legs to the cross-piece. Anything funny there and stop riding immediately.

2) Could be indicative of other issues - old age, hence general high-milage wear and tear - impact to the forks? Do you know the history of the forks - have you had them from new?

If they haven't been in some form of high stress event (crash etc) and they are not very high milage, and you are not a 400lb sprinter, it's very unlikley that they are cracking, but you never know.

If you have some $, this would be a good time to get some new forks - take away the worry on the downhills.
Thanks.....NATHNOJ
Apr 15, 2002 8:17 AM
I'm not so worried after looking closer. The fork has two really meaty (God bless Chris Chance) gussets on the inside of the legs where they meet the cross-piece, and all of that is perfect.

My LBS can braze and weld, so I am going to have them repair it anyway.

I have limited experience with carbon forks, but was thinking about upgrading even before I saw this. Any input on how the ride will compare?
Forksmuncher
Apr 15, 2002 8:27 AM
Difficult to tell how much difference you will notice (don't know what those forks are). I have steel forks on one of my road bikes, and carbon on the other - the ride is not terribly different, but it's dependent on:

1) The particular fork in question (both construction and geometry)
2) Wheels/tyres
3) Rider weight
4) The rest of the bike they are fitted to
5) The roads you ride

In general however, they will give you a weight saving, and are though to be a little more forgiving than metal forks. I have project 2 Konas on my Jake the Snake - you know all about the road surface when you ride on those, compared to the CF ones.

I'm sure there are some fork experts out there who can give you a steer (ho ho!) on various forks - there have also been lots of threads on this issue if you have a search back.