Cycling is becoming an ever popular sport and pastime. One of the most important parts of any bike, whether it be a racing model or an off-road bike, is the fork that attaches the handlebars to the wheels and provides comfort and control for the rider. Mountain bikers, are you going on a free ride, hardtail, downhill or full suspension mountain bike? Regardless of which, it is always vital to get to know the basic parts of your bike, if you plan to assemble your own.
Forks can be one of the best bike upgrades available: minimizing the shocks or jolt every time you put your bike into its limit such as riding in rough terrain or trails, unlocking the performance potential of budget bikes and giving gravity riders the confidence to tackle tough terrain speed. It is essential to match the type of fork you are looking for with the type of riding you enjoy.
The most popular upgrade for any mountain biking enthusiast is the suspension fork. A suspension fork is one of the biggest upgrades that you can make to your mountain bike. Not only does it absorb harsh impacts but it also allows the front wheel to track the ground more accurately and provides improved grip and stability as a result.
However, bringing your bulky mountain bike to the bike shop, sometimes, can be a hassle. Before you start scratching your head, whether or not you are a novice or professional cyclist, here is our guide to help you fork yourself anywhere, even at home.
Installing new fork is a manageable job for anyone with the correct tools. The installation of a mountain bike suspension fork can be easily done. It takes only a few simple steps using common household equipment, eradicating the need for expensive professional assistance. With some concentration, patience and a little preparation time you will be back in the saddle in no time!
A suspension fork is one of the biggest upgrades that you can make to your mountain bike.
In this maintenance, you will need:
4mm, 5mm, 6mm Allen Wrench
Start by placing your bike on a repair stand. This allows you to have easy access to the bike in order to perform the repairs. Before you begin, you will need to remove your front brake caliper, stem and front wheel.
Make sure that there are no burrs or sharp edges that could damage the surface in contact with each other. If burrs or sharp edges exist, use a fine grit sandpaper to eliminate. Make sure that all edges that are in contact with the steerer are rounded out to eliminate any stress points.
Cut the streerer tube to proper length. If doing this yourself, then measure the original steering tube length from the face of the crown to the end. The correct length should be an inch or so longer than the cumulative height of the headset parts and the head tube.
Install the crown race firmly against the top of the crown.
Next, install your fork on the bicycle. The headset should be adjusted so that it eliminates any free play or turns freely without drag. Make sure that the stem and fork are aligned. Tighten the stem’s top and bottom steerer clamp bolts in an alternating pattern.
Reassemble the handlebar and stem. Tighten all the nuts with their corresponding torque value. Use an allen wrench on all the nuts that attach the stem, handlebars, and brake to the frame and fork.
Put the wheel into position and make sure the brake disk easily slides into the brake caliper between brake pads.
Test the brakes to make sure they work correctly and adjust accordingly if the brakes are malfunctioning. Adjust front brake and suspension settings to make sure everything is in a decent order.
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