Road fork w/ one inch steerer needed for wider tires. Does it exist?
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    Road fork w/ one inch steerer needed for wider tires. Does it exist?

    I have a old Brent Steelman Stage Race stage frame with a Uzo Pro carbon fork that I want to build up into a gravel bike. The fork is for caliper brakes and the head tube is for a 1 inch steerer. The problem is, the fork will only take about a 25 mm wide tire. Iím looking for a fork that will take a larger tire - 32 mm (or larger if possible) but still take caliper brakes and have a 1 inch steerer. Does such a fork exist? BTW, the Ouzo Pro fork has a 45 mm rake.

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    That's actually a really nice fork. When I refurbished my 1999 Litespeed Ultimate, I looked for a 1" Ouzo Pro fork for months before finding a used one in basically NIW condition on ebay. One of Tom Kellogg's favorites. Ritchey still makes a carbon fork with a 1" steerer in a 43 rake, but it only goes up to a 25c tire (https://us.ritcheylogic.com/us_en/comp-carbon-road-fork). I also considered a Wound Up fork. You can supposedly get a 1" with a 45 rake (you sure you're not a 43?) that accepts a 28c tire.(https://www.woundupcomposites.com/pr...ad-x-fork-700/). They're not cheap, and kind of ugly, but they get good reviews. It's been a while since 1" forks were the norm -- long before fat tires of road bikes became the rage. You could look into a frame builder making you a steel one.

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    You're not going to get a tire much bigger than 25 or 28mm in that brake. The fork is only part of your problem. Trying to turn road bikes into other kinds of bikes is not usually a good idea.
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    I don't know for sure, but I would be pretty surprised if you couldn't find a disc brake fork with a 1" steerer (with decent tire clearance).

    As other have suggested, just because you *can* do something, doesn't mean you *should* do it....


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    https://www.amazon.com/Threadless-Th.../dp/B07HY8H4TG

    Or maybe something from here?
    https://www.centurycycles.com/produc...51/forks-1066/

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    You're not going to get a tire much bigger than 25 or 28mm in that brake. The fork is only part of your problem. Trying to turn road bikes into other kinds of bikes is not usually a good idea.
    Yep, on my older Colnago and Eddy Merckx frames, it's the brakes that rub against a 25c tire. The fork isn't the issue. Maybe you should just buy a gravel bike as CX is implicitly suggesting. Those Steelman bikes are nice, I'd leave it as is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    it's the brakes that rub against a 25c tire.
    Tires are measured in mm, not "c".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons View Post
    Tires are measured in mm, not "c".
    Oh thank you for clearing that up. I'm sure no one had any idea what I was talking about.

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