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A Ridgid fork for a Seven

26 Apr

Just before Christmas I posted about building a rigid disc specific fork for a Seven mtb. https://gdukehandmadebicycles.com.au/2012/12/ This project has had more than one false start but after a couple of attempts and changes is finally finished. I don’t generally go for mismatched fork/frame combinations. I never really got the unicrown with lugged frame combination and don’t like the current wave of lugged crowns that you see on bikes that are tig welded together. While my preference is to build with lugs this has nothing to do with the method of construction,rather the aesthetic. I unashamedly like lugs. However ,the Seven in question is tig welded ,very nicely i might add. So I decided to build the fork in a fillet brazed fashion in order that it didn’t clash with the frame. The intention to set it up for light touring grew out of discussion, and was one of the reasons for delay. I took my inspiration for this build from a post I saw some years ago on Bob Browns web site http://bobbrowncycles.com/custom.htm. As you can see from the photos below this is a through tube construction that should never be at risk of failure and yet is hopefully at ease with the lugless look of the Seven

Fork components on the bench

Fork components on the bench


Crown support and race

Crown support and race


Before going into the jig

Before going into the jig


In the jig awaiting brazing

In the jig awaiting brazing

Finished and painted

Finished and painted


Just waiting for a headset

Just waiting for a headset


Fork and Seven frame

Fork and Seven frame


Look for assembled pictures soon

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