Written by Wally Wallace Monday, 04 March 2013 15:16
Bikeman helps a lot of people out with fixing up old mountain bikes. All too often he'd have a sweet vintage mountain bike to fix, which, if not for a blown up shock and 1" head tube, would be perfectly serviceable and rideable. For a while back in the early to mid 2000's he could still find replacement shocks that were worthy of a fine vintage frame or at the very least a rigid replacement. Somewhere in 2006 or 2007 the well ran dry and the Bikeman was deeply saddened.
Needless to say, Bikeman rejoiced when Carver Bikes released their carbon 1" steerer replacement fork. No longer do fine old Fat Chance, Bontrager, Ibis, Curtlo, Moots, or Klein frames have to be decommissioned. If the frame was built suspension corrected for most of the early suspension forks from the 90's, the Carver fork will work. If you consider that most 1" steerer front shocks typically had no more than 80mm of travel and were typically 450mm or less in their axle to crown length, the Carver fork's 410mm of axle to crown is perfect. Maybe your old frame isn't suspension corrected. No big deal, just measure your axle to crown...410mm might be fine! Give us a call, we can help you work it out.
These forks are designed to work with cantilever brakes or disc brakes and the canti mounts are easily removed or re-positioned with a few twists of an allen wrench. The 260mm (10.24") long steerer is black cromoly, so it should fit even the biggest frame. The steerer is threadless, however, so keep that in mind if you currently have a threaded setup.
These forks are the perfect complement to any fine old steed. Go down in the basement, garage, or where ever you banish treasured pieces of your past and bring those worthy steeds back into the light! Their day has come and they shall ride again!
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