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  • One fork longer than the other ?

     tomlevell updated 11 years, 7 months ago 3 Members · 4 Posts
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  • George

    10 October 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Ever since I got the bike I was unhappy with how it lined up. Looking down from the headset to the wheel, it looked like the wheel was on a slant.

    Well today I thought I’d sort it, adjusted the wheel on the quick ralease to suit so it looked to line up well. This only moved the wheel closer to the edge of forks.

    Bare with me I am crap at explanations…….

    So I put it back to how it should be and the wheel lines up in the forks perfect, but the head set when looking down (like I say) is on a slant to the wheel. The only thought I have is.

    1. the forks are slightly bent somehow, I doubt it though!

    2. the forks are different heights. It started raining so I had to put bike away, but I wanna measure them. When I compress one side it lines everything up perfect.


    I have MANITOU AXEL FORK’s can I adjust these to change the height from one side to the other? Even if thats not the problem causing the iffy line up, it is a cure to the problem!

    I have never really felt relaxed riding the bike, and when you show off and do ‘none handed’ you have to lean the bike the right loads to make it work! I am getting better at wheelies though 😉

  • Jeff

    10 October 2009 at 3:05 pm

    no you cant adjust the length one side to the other, pics would be nice though to see if anything is obvious.

  • George

    10 October 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I will get some pics, but you wont see anything, it all looks fine, but another view would be good!

    It could be that the forks are bent just where it enters the frame. that could cause the whole line up prob!

  • tomlevell

    10 October 2009 at 10:11 pm

    The wheel should sit in the forks as far into the dropout as they can. Don’t clamp them partially in as this could end in death and at the very least the wheel will move.

    Obviously if it’s not straight you have some sort of issue but without seeing it I couldn’t really hazard a guess.

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