Springer Fork

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Hello Moto!, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. Hello Moto!

    Hello Moto! Active Member

    So forecasting my next build, I'm questioning using a springer fork. Now, to me, these don't look incredibly durable. So do these things hold up well? Do they last?

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    To me the linkage looks spindly. I just pirated this image from Bing images for reference.
     

  2. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    I don't much like them. find either a mountain bike fork or make a triple tree moped fork work. most of them have 1 inch threaded headsets and will bolt right in to older bikes or go in with a $20 adapter on newer bikes with threadless headsets
     
  3. 45u

    45u Active Member

    I have one for my next build.
     
  4. Hello Moto!

    Hello Moto! Active Member

    I ended up getting one similar to this one. The one I got is black and has a 1 1/8 steerer tube. It's also a little slimmer than this one. The one pictured has a 1" steerer tube and is made for 4" tires.


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  5. 45u

    45u Active Member

    The springier for my next project is a 1 1/8 steering trim to match my frame I will be using. It was the ONLY one I could find with 1 1/8 steering tube. I did not want to adapt down size and I have everything for the next as it came with the frame.

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  6. 45u

    45u Active Member

    This front end does not have any suspension please correct me if I am wrong.
     
  7. HouseOfEl

    HouseOfEl Member

    I was actually looking to get a springer fork for my first build (whenever the damn kit gets here) for suspension, but now I'm wondering if a mountain bike fork will be more functional than simply pleasing aesthetics.
     
  8. 45u

    45u Active Member

    I rode this for years with a springier. I rode her on many a 2k trip. I started building it with a gasket kit and two wheel hubs. I do not have or want a cage. Only had them when the children where small. But in my 45 plus years of none stop riding I did not own many cages as I do not like them LOL.
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    Last edited: Apr 18, 2016
  9. Hello Moto!

    Hello Moto! Active Member

    No the triple tree I pictured and the slightly narrower one that I bought do not have suspension.

    Mountain bike suspension forks would be great but I had a hard time finding new ones that accepted bolt on axles. Most these days seem to be made for quick release mounting.

    If anybody has information on where to get new suspension forks that accept bolt on axles, this would be a good place to post some links!
     
  10. HouseOfEl

    HouseOfEl Member

    Okay, so wait... springer fork actually GOOD for suspension or just really nice looking? I've been googling the past day or two and yeah, it seems many of them seem to be quick release ready. The monarch springer fork seems to making it's way up the ladder in terms of popularity from what I've seen though.
     
  11. Hello Moto!

    Hello Moto! Active Member

    I've never owned a springer fork and I think they would work good, at least for a while. To me they just don't look built to last. I think the linkage is what sets that off for me.

    This was good advice I think and though I didn't find moped forks, I did find triple tree.
     
  12. HouseOfEl

    HouseOfEl Member

    Honestly, I feel like a mountain bike fork looks flimsy as well, though I could be wrong. Either way, a triple tree usually has no suspension, which defeats the purpose, but might be longer lasting. Either way, I was looking at the pics of the bike I bought from the seller, and I noticed it may actually come with a decent suspension. Any thoughts... here is what I ordered.

    http://www.californiamotorbikes.com/apps/webstore/products/show/4097252
     
  13. 45u

    45u Active Member

    Any suspension is better then none.
     
  14. Hello Moto!

    Hello Moto! Active Member

    Front suspension is nice when your front wheel hits that bump but is very abruptly followed by the BAM from your rear end lol.
     
  15. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    I bent an axle that way a few days ago, ordered some grade 8 threaded rod from mcmaster carr last night, hopefully it'll make a good replacement and not just be so hard it snaps instead of bends
     
  16. 45u

    45u Active Member

    This is why I have a big 4 spring seat. LOL I am 225 pounds. I have over a gallon in her and so far so good with the springier I have on my first build and let me tell you I have hit some mighty big holes! I know all about springier s with ridged frames and wheel hop (which in motorcycles this is what it is called) as I owned many a Harley that was ridged with a springier and they where all stock Harley s but one. My first motorbike build has a springier and so is my seconded. Hard to tell much till you run while for a 100 or so miles. I voice my opinion from experience.
    Thanks
    Jeff
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2016
  17. Well I pulled the trigger and have a Monark II (arrived 5/3) , and then today got to thinking ( Happens all the time).
    There is no hole in the lead fork for the fender mounting tab ! Do I drill a hole in my brand new Monark ? Recommendations ?
    Trust me, I'm all ears.
    Tom from Rubicon, WI
     
  18. Hello Moto!

    Hello Moto! Active Member

    Well I did get the triple tree forks but I decided against them and went with some MTB suspension forks. So I've got a set of cheap SR Suntour forks on the way. I'll post some pics in my build thread once I get them installed. I know I'm gonna have to use some headset spacers with the 250mm steerer tube but that's ok because I want some rise to my handlebars. I'm just waiting on getting those until I can install the forks and see exactly how much space I need to fill. I already have the stem and a set of handlebars is on the way.
     
  19. Tuesday the Monark II fork and disc brake from BBR arrived. Pulled out the brake disk and mounted it to the wheel /hub assy. I bought and there is a unworkable bind. The disk is tight to the steerer leg and the button head screws are right against the leading fork. I just went out and made a measurement from outside wheel flange to inside brake plate and came up with 71mm + or - .25mm my reading. Is there such a thing as a wheel hub measuring 66 or better yet 61mm from outside flange to disk mating surface? I need to know ASAP.
    And I thought fender mounting was a big deal.
    Regards,
    Tom From Rubicon
     
  20. Fix is on the way, made contact with custommotoredbicycles.com.
    Thank goodness here in SE Wisconsin we have a MB builder / retailer of MB accessories.
    Tom
     
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