Are you sure it's not the frame that's the wrong side of the fork?
How to break the bad news - "your forks are on the wrong way round"?
"forcing caliper from its mounting"I'm doubtful about this, it's not ideal certainly but I'd be surprised if downhillers generated enough braking force to strip a steel bolt, let alone a commuter bimbling along.
Maccruiskeen if they don't have something to compare it to then the slightly dodgy handling of their new bike is probably something someone who hasn't ridden much/at all since childhood can adapt to. If I add or remove 50psi from your suspension forks you'll still be able to ride, you'd ride a damn sight better with the correct pressure in tho.
If I add or remove 50psi from your suspension forks you'll still be able to ride, you'd ride a damn sight better with the correct pressure in tho.
Saw a guy in glasgow riding with snapped handle bars - steering with one hand, working the brake with lose piece of bar with the other. Didn't seem to be a get-you-home arrangement, it just seemed to be how he rode it.
Obviously having the forks on backwards is wrong but its hardly the big-deal of wrong that people seem to think if the riders doesn't notice - not compared to holding a pistol back to front or putting the milk in first when you're making a cuppa.
Well, quick update for you! Thanks all for the advice.
In the end, I sent a quick email letting him now that advice sought on the issue suggested the impact of the problem varied from "bugger all" to "certain death". I did soften things a bit by saying that Manitou forks can cause the confusion on correct orientation.
Turns out that the chap had recently moved, and in the move the packers had rotated the bars parallel to the frame. In his haste in unpacking he had quickly rotated them back round, used the bridge as a guide, and tightened it all back up.
He was most grateful for my note, saw him this morning and had a laugh about it.
He said that, of course, the first thing he did when he got my note was google "manitou suspension fork pictures"
Sure enough, that convinved him to fix it.
We agreed that prob not a big issue, but sods law says that if nothing had been done it might have ended differently.
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