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Old 02-15-2010, 12:51 AM
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Default Re: Are my forks bad?

could be normal. forks have a lot of flex built into them.

BUT, does it feel loose or is it clunking when you brake? like, does it move back and forth like a loose headset?

try turning the wheel sideways and pull up/push down on the bars, see if there's any weird movements.

also, inspect the fork, look for paint flex or chipping around welds, and if the fork has rubber boots around the suspension, pull those up or out of the way, and check for movement where the tubes come together.

i dunno what kind of fork you have, so i dunno where the loose or broken parts may be.

but with all front brake systems, like my solid, bladed fork with a drum brake, i can apply the brakes and rock it back and forth and watch it flex.
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