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    246mm Threaded Carbon Fork?

    I've stripped down my '89 Schwinn 564 for a possible repainting. Headset bearings were shot and I was thinking about the possibility of upgrading the fork from the current steel to carbon. I measured the length of the steerer tube at 246mm. I went on line and could not find a fork this big. Bike frame is 60cm.

    The largest Nashbar threaded carbon for is 240mm which I don't think will work. Am I out of luck? Is there another source where I could get a longer tube?

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    You could always go threadless since you are changing the headset anyway. Nashbar has a 1" carbon fork with 300mm steerer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott in MN View Post
    I've stripped down my '89 Schwinn 564 for a possible repainting. Headset bearings were shot and I was thinking about the possibility of upgrading the fork from the current steel to carbon. I measured the length of the steerer tube at 246mm. I went on line and could not find a fork this big. Bike frame is 60cm.

    The largest Nashbar threaded carbon for is 240mm which I don't think will work. Am I out of luck? Is there another source where I could get a longer tube?
    Not to be flippant but how exactly is it an upgrade to replace the original steel fork with a generic carbon fibre one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quattro_Assi_07 View Post
    how exactly is it an upgrade:
    The naked carbon is cool looking. That and I guess all the reasons new bikes use carbon forks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott in MN View Post
    The naked carbon is cool looking. That and I guess all the reasons new bikes use carbon forks.
    In my opinion it's not worth it....Chances are the rake of the carbon fork is different so it will change the handling of the bike...Any weight savings will be minimal at best...

    If you like the look, go for it....but don't expect any performance upgrade...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hickey View Post
    In my opinion it's not worth it.....
    I appreciate your knowledgeable input. I'll probably keep it stock.

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    There's always Wound Up. Their 1" threaded steel steerer 700c road fork comes in steerer lengths of 145mm, 180mm, 210mm, 250mm, and 300mm (thread length is 55mm). Available with rake of 40mm, 45mm, and 48mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooper View Post
    There's always Wound Up.
    Yup, very nice, that would work. However, those forks are worth more than my whole bike. I'm a cheap engineer who was looking for a <$100 solution, an eBay solution.
    Last edited by Scott in MN; 01-14-2012 at 02:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quattro_Assi_07 View Post
    Not to be flippant but how exactly is it an upgrade to replace the original steel fork with a generic carbon fibre one?
    In the same vein.. not being flippant.

    Would not the carbon fork reduce weight and absorb more road shock than the steel fork?

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    Aesthetically, these big tube forks look odd on skinny tube steel frames. I put some of these on the Atala for a very short spell. I couldn't get past the fat forks contrasting to the frame. Was on the bike for 15 minutes and one quick turn down the street before the original forks were back on. $80, about an hour of my time wasted for that thought. ;)

    I say keep the originals.

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    Since the OP is asking about a threaded carbon fork, much of the weight savings by going to carbon is negated by having to use a quill stem.

    I'm not so sure a typical CF fork would have an advantage over a typical steel fork in terms of compliance/road shock absorption.
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