- Backward forks on cheap bikes – the problem?
it will muck up the offset and trail leading to funny steering geometry
Funny thing is my missus did this to her bike. I turned the bars sideways for loading into a car and when she straightened them she ended up with the fork backwards and the brake cable twisted right roundPosted 8 years agonickcSubscriber
No, you’re right it makes sod all difference. Most bikes that get assembled like that get ridden along the pavement to work, and occasionally down to Tesco. the hardest thing the fork ever does is drop off a pavement. Chuckle to yourself about it, let them get on with itPosted 8 years agocoffeekingMember
TJ – ok it’ll bugger the steering, but structurally – f all.
Yup, structurally probably sod all unless used in any anger, then the stanchions are loading the crown in the wrong direction (most are directional) and the steering is totally to pot, feels like you’re riding a barge.Posted 8 years ago
After pointing a owner in the right direction today (pun intended) regarding the way his suspension forks werein his £90 bike, I got thinking – Does it really matter?
This bike had (albeit cheap) disc brakes. Cotic put the caliper on the front of their roadhog forks – and that works.
Regarding the brace – manitou put there’s at the back. Plus these cheap forks are such lumps of metal – they’re never going to go anywhere anyway – so whats the biggy?Posted 8 years agozbontySubscriber
Been meaning to ask if rotor direction makes any difference ?
Had my bike upside down, back wheel out at Afan when some German chap came over to inform me it was back to front. I think he spotted it from half a mile a way and it was bugging him.
Always worked fine for me, but switched it now.Posted 8 years agopetrieboyMember
it’ll just move the steering axis miles ahead of the wheel contact point making the bike very stable, but very slow to respond to steering input. easy to ride with no hands but still pretty risky. other than interferance issues, cant see any other probs with it. brakes will certainly work finePosted 8 years ago
The arms in a rotor aren’t working like spokes – which all work under tension, not compression.
Rotor arms when fitted the right way are being compressed into the outer ring of the rotor. You’d need far less torgue to damage a rotor fitted the wrong way around.Posted 8 years ago
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