Not my forks, but I'm considering buying them (for next to nothing). My brother was following me a bit close in the alps this summer and rode them into a seesaw while it was still up (not a very big one) but still a very sudden over the bars moment! The (handbuilt by merlin) front wheel remained perfectly true, the front tyre didn't pinch flat (folding tyre + XC tube), the fork still slides very smoothly, there doesn't appear to be any bending in the fork crown/stantions/lowers. Just that the steerer tube is bent, which forced the headset to ovalise the headtube in the bike
Anyhow in the pic below, the steerer tube is NOT snapped, just bashed out (from above) with a hammer as the steerer is just a press fit (the crown hole doesn't appear to have any damage whatsover to it)
I believe it was pretty commonplace to replace steerer tubes on some older marzocchi forks, but anyone any idea about newer (2008) RS (recon) forks?
The steerer tube is a simple press fit, the top cap will make sure it all holds together, I assume the severity of the press fit would stop the fork being able to 'steer' on its own. I mean the 5-10Nm bolt clamping force on a stem works?
Would it normally have some sort of glue/sliding locktight/etc/etc to help stop the steerer from rotating?
Would you consider replacing the steerer tube? Would you ride it? Is it even available as a spare (that one is a steel one, an aluminium one would save weight so would consider).
Or would it better to get new steerer/crown/stantions in one?