replacement fork for 1992 Raleigh Touriste

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replacement fork for 1992 Raleigh Touriste

Postby timbobutcher » 10 Aug 2017, 1:13pm

Any suggestions on where I might find replacement fork for 1992 Raleigh Touriste. The frame is a whopper so the steering tube must be 260mm. The original spec is 531 so it would be nice but not essential to replace like with like. Original had lugs/bosses for cantiliver brakes, again nice but not essential. It's the steering tube length that is stymieing me for now. Any thoughts? Cycles of Yesteryear, as suggested on Raleigh website, uncan do. Thanks in advance.

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Re: replacement fork for 1992 Raleigh Touriste

Postby gaz » 12 Aug 2017, 10:42am

Hi ten steel and unicrown fork so it's not equivalent. 90mm threading may also be an issue.

Might be worth a local ebay search for a period bike of a similar frame size to provide a donor fork.
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Re: replacement fork for 1992 Raleigh Touriste

Postby meic » 12 Aug 2017, 10:53am

I failed in a similar search for my 1980's Raleigh.

I considered having forks repaired (mine was a broken steerer tube) or having new forks made or trying to squeeze in some threadless steerer modern forks.
For now I gave up and bought a Long Haul Trucker frame and shifted all the parts on to that, my Raleigh though much loved was/is very rusty. The LHT is nowhere near as "fine" a bike but it does the job.

The economics was something like
LHT frame and forks £250 brand new.
New threaded forks £150
New steerer on old forks £90.

The Raleigh frame is hanging up in the garage in case something ever comes along.
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Re: replacement fork for 1992 Raleigh Touriste

Postby BrandlingBicycle » 12 Aug 2017, 12:00pm

I might have a couple of options, but will have to check the steerer length. I know the longest one I have doesn't have canti's though.

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Re: replacement fork for 1992 Raleigh Touriste

Postby cycleruk » 12 Aug 2017, 4:31pm

I would have thought that any frame builder could either repair or make a new fork for you.
Bob Jacksons advertise new forks but cost around £150.
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Re: replacement fork for 1992 Raleigh Touriste

Postby PT1029 » 15 Aug 2017, 9:26pm

I have some Raleigh 531 forks (I think off an old Royal, probably late 1980's?. 1/2 tatty chrome, 1/2 olive green, all looks straight.
Base of crown race fitting to top of column, 248mm, of which the top 30mm is threaded.
Lamp boss, no brake bosses, single mud guard eyes. Top of inside of drop out slot to center of brake bolt hole is 374mm.

Any use or not quite long enough?

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Re: replacement fork for 1992 Raleigh Touriste

Postby pigman » 16 Aug 2017, 10:21pm

I've had steerer tubes on forks extended before. Basically, an internal sleeve is inserted between the old steerer (which is cut down below the threads) and the new extension with threads. A few years ago now, but it wasn't expensive. Might be an option if you find a suitable fork with a small tube

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