2002 Rockhopper with Manitou comp six forks. Had a bit of time earlier so was going to drop out the forks and give em’ a clean, but couldn’t remove them? Had removed stem and star fangled nut cap, so thought they would just slide out as per other bikes i’ve done, but no, not even with a few taps from a rubber mallet? Am i missing something, any ideas? 😳
*** Just had another look, there seems to be a plastic / nylon type collar with cut-outs in it sat round the steerer tube. Don’t really want to start tousing on it until I have some more advice. With everything undone and the bike in the air on a stand, it’s still won’t budge? ***
Thanks for the info / advice. The bike has been stood for a few years and on further inspection the collar thing is made of alluminium and had started to corrode and was holding on to the steerer tube (very firmly) with its white powdery fust. Some WD40 and a bit of mallet got it out.