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Mountain bike forks(9 posts)

Mountain bike forksMasterTi
Jan 28, 2003 7:53 AM
Sorry for asking a mountain bike question on a road-bike forum, but I'm a died-in-the wool roadie who is fixing an old mountain bike for riding in the slushy roads of spring.

My mountain bike is old, and uses a 1" steel, non-suspension fork. Are there any suspension forks out there that can fit a 1" head-tubed frame? I know the standard has been 1 1/8" for some time now - it gives you an idea of the age of this frame!

Thanks in advance!
It may be difficult to find a new one...biknben
Jan 28, 2003 7:59 AM
You might find a budget fork made by one of the good manufacturers that will be 1" threaded but I seriously doubt it. I'd recommend you scan Ebay or the classifieds. You may also get lucky and find an LBS that has one they were never able to sell. Probably get it real cheap too. I'd call around.
Try Ebay or here is an RST for $45Alpedhuez55
Jan 28, 2003 12:15 PM
I would second ebay. You would be most likely to find something there.

RST makes a decent fork here is one with a threadles 1" steerer for $45

http://www.universalcycles.com/b_blowouts/bargain_basement.htm

Good Luck,
Mike Y.
had the same problemterry b
Jan 28, 2003 8:00 AM
Was trying to do a cheap upgrade on my daughter's rigid MTB and found that Rock Shox makes a lower end fork with a 1" steerer. Can't recall the name, but it can be found on line if you search a bit. I think the Cambria site may have listed it, and possibly Speedgoat. It's not expensive, around $100.
Marzocchi '03 MX Comp *ONE INCH*2melow
Jan 28, 2003 8:18 AM
Are available through any retailer. Your dealer can order this fork directly through Marzocchi. Expect to pay ~$300.

If this is too much to spend, surfing Ebay is probably your best bet.
RockShox Judy TTtxcross
Jan 28, 2003 8:49 AM
is available with a 1" steerer tube. Hopefully weight is not a concern, the Judy TT weights just over 5 pounds...
don't botherColnagoFE
Jan 28, 2003 8:51 AM
hardly any forks to choose from and the geometry might not accomodate a suspension fork. I have an old Panasonic steel MTB with a rigid fork that I just use as a beater now. Still going strong. For a little more than the price of a new fork you could be into a decent new hardtail. Or just bite the bullet and go FS. I ended up getting Fisher Sugar and love it.
Marzocchi, but it might not be worth itlaffeaux
Jan 28, 2003 10:05 AM
Any 80mm Marzocchi fork can be ordered with a 1" steerer tube. Furthermore you can then order a special spring kit to reduce the travel to 70mm. Assuming your bike is not too old it's most likely designed around a 63mm fork, and the change to 70mm is insignificant.

However, suspension forks open up a can of worms. Current forks do not come with cantilever hangers. So if you have cantilevers, you'll need to upgrade to v-brakes. Once you upgrade your brakes, you'll also need v-brake levers instead of canti levers (they pull different amounts of cable). If you have Shimano shifers, there's a good chance that your levers and shifters are integrated, which means new shifters as well. If you have a 7-speed bike, your choice in shifters is limited, or you can upgrade to 9 speeds, which means a new drivetrain and probably a new rear wheel. Also, if you have a threaded headset you'll need a new headset and stem.

In the end it really comes down to how much you like that bike. Adding a fork can easily cost more than buying a new bike.

The cheap alternative is too look on eBay for an older fork. However, fork technology has progressed rapidly and few older forks work as well as new ones.
Yup, think it through first.Spoke Wrench
Jan 28, 2003 11:27 AM
You can almost never change just one part on a bicycle. Much as I enjoy tinkering with older bikes, the fact is, most equipment upgrades don't make economic sense.