Cracked Paint or Cracked Carbon on a Front Fork?? Pics included, need help...
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    Cracked Paint or Cracked Carbon on a Front Fork?? Pics included, need help...

    I got this frame built up with Campy Record and Chorus bits that I have already pirated. I am wondering if the front fork is safe to ride or if it needs to be pitched.

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    If that's on the trailing side of the fork, I'd be scarping the paint off before I rode it....
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    trailing edge

    It is on the trailing edge, you can see the recess for the brake bolt above it. You can scrape off some paint to check, but my gut says it's the beginning of a crack.

    You're posting it here, you'll always have it on your mind when you ride - I'd get a new fork.

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    just paint..

    I'd guess that this fork has an aluminum crown, or at least a separate crown and the cracks are merely in the paint. If they don't go all the way around the fork, I'd just keep an eye on them. Under braking, this is the side under compression, so at least the area is being forced together, rather than pulled apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C-40
    I'd guess that this fork has an aluminum crown, or at least a separate crown and the cracks are merely in the paint. If they don't go all the way around the fork, I'd just keep an eye on them. Under braking, this is the side under compression, so at least the area is being forced together, rather than pulled apart.
    There is a small hairline crack on the front side as well...
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    Trash it and get a new fork.

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    Why take the risk? If that fork lets loose, VERY bad things will happen to you. Are you looking for another photo op? Yes, you could take the paint off and look, but a new basic fork can be had a lot cheaper than your hospital bills.
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    Omg!

    OMG! You had to ask whether to ride that thing? You wouldn't be able to call yourself HandsomeRob for long. Destroy it so someone else doesn't find that cursed thing and try to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avalonracing
    OMG! You had to ask whether to ride that thing? You wouldn't be able to call yourself HandsomeRob for long. Destroy it so someone else doesn't find that cursed thing and try to use it.
    truthfully, I wouldn't and didn't ride it as is. I planned to sell the frameset and I didn't know whether to list the fork as questionable or worthless... I was leaning towards the worthless to begin with but I didn't want to make that assumption without a little help.

    Thanks everyone.

    p.s. after my spill a couple months ago, I don't fit the moniker quite as well.
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    It's a glued together fork, the crack line is where the crown and legs come together (as C40 stated). No real issue I'd say but it should be watched closely. The crown extends down into the legs - that's where the strength of the joint comes from, not at the top butt joint.
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    maybe you could get it x-rayed...to see if it is the aluminum crown....cause if'n it ain't...there may well be more x-rays involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by handsomerob
    truthfully, I wouldn't and didn't ride it as is. I planned to sell the frameset and I didn't know whether to list the fork as questionable or worthless... I was leaning towards the worthless to begin with but I didn't want to make that assumption without a little help.

    Thanks everyone.

    p.s. after my spill a couple months ago, I don't fit the moniker quite as well.
    I wouldn't pass the fork along to anyone. It's a lawsuit waiting to happen. Now that this thread has been posted it isn't like you could declare that you didn't know. You may want to contact the manufacturer maybe they'll do you a solid just to keep that thing out of circulation.

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    Bag it.....

    not worth the risk.

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