I priced it out with my LBS – £36 which seems a bit steep. I’ve got an SFN inserter and pipe cutter. The only problem I have is with the crown races. I think I could tap them off with a flat head crewdriver (is this safe) – etting them on again is the problem but I’m guessing the LBS will do that for a fraction of the price of fitting the entire fork.
I was all set to fit my fork and just asked at the LBS how much they charge, as an afterthought to something else I was in there for. £12! Hard to argue with that. It needed a headset change into the bargain.
I fitted both forks myself over the weekend – it was a piece of pish. The first fork had a split crown race which I was able to remove and refit with my fingers. The second fork had a standard crown race which I removed with a stanley knife blade and a flat head screwdriver. I fitted it on the new forks with a piece of 40mm pipe as suggested by Jim – great tip. I cut the steerers with a pipe cutter, took a while but left a nice clean cut.