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Another set of replacement forks

Hi all from Stage 4 Covid19 restrictions in Melbourne Australia

These forks turned up for me to replace.

Broken forks

Broken forks

The owner had been riding them when they failed, but was unhurt. He told me that he had specified a touring frame from the builder but when he first picked up the frame it had toe overlap. He didnt like it so the builder made a new set of forks with (once I measured them) 82mm of rake. I knew who the builder was and given he built more racing frames than touring ones I suspect his original geometry wasn’t really concerned about toe overlap. Anyway, all I could do was copy these and to do that I had to re-adjust the curve on my fork mandrel. It wont change the radius on future shorter rake forks but it did allow these blades to curve over more. Lucky its made from wood. Once that was done it was a pretty straightforward set of forks.

Crown and steerer

Crown and steerer

82mm of rake

82mm of rake

New fork jig and fork

New fork jig and fork

Finished and sandblasted touring fork

Finished and sandblasted touring fork

I got to try out my new fork jig for the first time and must say I don’t know why I took so long to make this one. It works much better than the old 1/2 inch steel plate version and is much lighter. The next job is to update the canti boss jig and make that easier

Stay safe everyone

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2020 in Uncategorized