Replacement forks?

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gbnz
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Replacement forks?

Postby gbnz » 5 Aug 2019, 8:53pm

On the off chance that someone may know, anyone know where I can get a basic, steel fork, suitable for use on a road bike with 700 wheels and a caliper brake? I've no interest in having a carbon fork on the bike in question, but that almost seems to be the only option.

Everywhere I've looked seems to have bikes registered in distinctive disciplines, steel forks being purely for audux/touring complete with v brake, rack point, mud guard mountings et al, all adding to the cost and the forks not looking suitable for a caliper brake mounting :?

Suppose at worst I could fit an audux/touring fork, though that'd involve the cost of effectively scrapping a brand new caliper brake and having to buy a set of v brakes, purely in order to fit a v brake to the front (NB. Where I'd prefer not to have one!)

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Re: Replacement forks?

Postby PH » 5 Aug 2019, 8:59pm

Surly Steamroller might suit. But Audax forks tend to be calliper brake not V. So one of those might also work.
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Re: Replacement forks?

Postby gaz » 5 Aug 2019, 9:01pm

Ebay has a number of candidates. No personal recommendation/experience.
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Re: Replacement forks?

Postby Mike Sales » 5 Aug 2019, 9:02pm

gbnz wrote:On the off chance that someone may know, anyone know where I can get a basic, steel fork, suitable for use on a road bike with 700 wheels and a caliper brake? I've no interest in having a carbon fork on the bike in question, but that almost seems to be the only option.



I would think your LBS should be able to order something basic. Wholesalers certainly used to have them listed.

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Re: Replacement forks?

Postby whoof » 5 Aug 2019, 9:07pm

These will need some attention with a couple of rattle cans but are only £9.99

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/forks/steel ... aw-finish/

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Re: Replacement forks?

Postby rotavator » 5 Aug 2019, 9:07pm

If you want cheap, look on Amazon and you will have change from £7!: https://www.amazon.co.uk/SODIAL-Carbon-Steel-Front-Fixed/dp/B01MT3PL5D/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=fork+steel+700c&qid=1565035430&s=gateway&sr=8-2

If you want to pay a lot more, do any of SJS's offerings suit you?

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Re: Replacement forks?

Postby gbnz » 5 Aug 2019, 10:41pm

Thanks, I'll have a look through a few recommendations (NB. Had briefly considered a LBS and noted the cheap forks from SJS)

And in the interim, have contacted the retailer I bought the bike/forks from in 2015; in theory the forks would be covered by Giants Lifetime Warranty (Nb. I'm the original purchaser, they came from a Giant dealer - at a personal level I know the bike / forks were hardly used* prior to fork issues developing. 1500 miles max, quite possibly <1000 miles it's incredible that even end of summer last year, the tyres still showed moulding marks!)

* Having looked at my CRC account, it's obvious my mileage was all on the Spa tourer - the number of wider Schwalbe tyres required in '17, '18 was a bit surprising!

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Re: Replacement forks?

Postby drossall » 5 Aug 2019, 10:42pm

SJS seem to have a fair range, including various that don't require V brakes. Try browsing all their categories. Could still easily cost you £100 though.

gbnz
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Re: Replacement forks?

Postby gbnz » 5 Aug 2019, 10:49pm

rotavator wrote:If you want cheap....

If you want to pay a lot more?


Have to admit the budget is depleted! Failed seat post, tyre, kettle, scales, ear phones, running shoes in the space of a fortnight has rather wiped out the budget ! Still, it's helping out the diet - dried beans for lunch and dinner, putting the double cream & brie back on the shelves!

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Re: Replacement forks?

Postby Brucey » 5 Aug 2019, 11:32pm

whoof wrote:These will need some attention with a couple of rattle cans but are only £9.99

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/forks/steel ... aw-finish/


excellent value but I wonder what the brake drop actually is? The Q+As say

'suitable for short drop caliepr brakes'

and

'will accept up to 42mm tyres'

which sound like mutually incompatible things to me.

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Re: Replacement forks?

Postby gbnz » 6 Aug 2019, 9:17pm

gbnz wrote:
And in the interim, have contacted the retailer I bought the bike/forks from in 2015; in theory the forks would be covered by Giants Lifetime Warranty (Nb. I'm the original purchaser, they came from a Giant dealer - at a personal level I know the bike / forks were hardly used* prior to fork issues developing. 1500 miles max, quite possibly <1000 miles it's incredible that even end of summer last year, the tyres still showed moulding marks!)


Won't mention the name of the retailer as of yet, but; within 48 minutes of sending an email around 21.00Hr's yesterday in relation to a problem I'd experienced on a bike bought in 2015, I had a personal response. And by mid-day today a response from Giant via the retailer - currently asking for photo's et al, but still impressive to put it mildly :wink: