Sunlite Springer Replica Fork - 26"

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by tnjeff, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. tnjeff

    tnjeff New Member

    I was hoping to use the Sunlite Springer Replica Fork on my Huffy Cranbrook build, but I am confused about the measurements. Here's a link to the page:
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/categories/sunlite-springer-replica-fork-26

    It says it has a 180mm - 70mm steerer length. What exactly is the steerer? The part that's threaded? I'm not getting how it can be 180mm to 70mm. Obviously I'm missing something. I would appreciate it if someone could shed some light on this. Thanks.
     

  2. tnjeff

    tnjeff New Member

    Well, after a little googling (should have done that first) I did find out that yes, the steerer is the threaded part. Still not sure about the dimensions but I guess that's really a question for the seller. From what I have learned by looking around, I think that it should fit. Probably. Maybe.
     
  3. The_Aleman

    The_Aleman Active Member

    Looks like the steerer is 180MM (7.08") and 70MM (2.75") of it is threaded. I have one of these forks on a pedal bike, and IIRC, that's about the same as what it has.

    As long as your Cranbrook has a 1" headtube and a threaded gooseneck, it should work just fine.
     
  4. tnjeff

    tnjeff New Member

    Thanks Aleman, that makes it alot clearer. I think I should remove the old fork and measure it before ordering. Thanks again.
     
  5. tnjeff

    tnjeff New Member

    Well, I may not use it after all. Looking at the specs again I see that it has no cantilever brake mount. I was counting on using a set of cantilever brakes front and rear. Too bad, because it was a big part of the look I was after.
     
  6. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Something else comes to mind. There've been a few guys who tried that fork, or something similar, and who've felt that it just wasn't quite stout enough for the job.

    I think maybe it's a soft spring with a lot of movement and it might be squirrely on an MB.

    Though it might still work if you rode it gently. And you could always get a front wheel with a drum brake. They are just a bit pricey. But fine braking.
     
  7. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    That fork will take a C-brake.

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    I don't care for it though, too flimsy, difficult to install, and they don't really provide any shock action.
    In short, only good for the 'look'.
     
  8. tnjeff

    tnjeff New Member

    I may be with you on that. I have a set of cantilever brakes, but a c brake would work. I wonder what another option would be? I don't want to go the double spring springer route. Pricey, and not really the era I'm looking for.
     
  9. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    I have a GT2 4-stroke 10G build coming up and using this springer

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    It has disc brake bosses and getting a disc like the rear, the newest GT2 frames will take a 3" tire and have both V and disc brake bosses.
    It's triple the price of the cheapie but twice as tough and actually provides some suspension.
     
  10. The_Aleman

    The_Aleman Active Member

    VeniceMotorBikes makes disc brake adapters for those springer forks:

    link: http://venicemotorbikes.com/shop/?product_cat=bicycle-forks

    Of course you'll also need a disc-capable front wheel.
     
  11. tnjeff

    tnjeff New Member

    That is a solid looking fork and I may eventually get there, but for now I'm going to have to hold the costs down a little. So I think I'm going to give the Sunlite springer a try. Might go with the disc brake, I don't know yet.
     
  12. Neufcruz

    Neufcruz Member

    Kc,
    Is there a trick to getting this set up? I I think I need to adjust the angle in front but main concern is when I apply the front brake, I get a lot of chatter noise.
    Any advice is appreciated.
    Mike
     
  13. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    I just split the fork apart and get the back fork mounted on the bike right first, then fit the front spring part with whatever spacers are needed on the top to make it fit.

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    If it's right the lower connecting tabs should be close to level.

    You can do this by adjusting the spring bolts.

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    Then just cap the goose neck off.

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    Not the easiest fork to install, but that way works for me ;-}
     
  14. Neufcruz

    Neufcruz Member

    Thanks. I see mine is exactly like yours. I would assume that the front potion of the front fork springer section should be actually lower to absorb bumps etc... I have it adjusted at its best and just like yours, a little shy of level but in the bad sude. I was hoping to get it more but I guess not. Either way, the bike rides incredibly smooth. Seems smoother than my motored bike.
    Thanks
    Mike
     
  15. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Glad I could help a little at least ;-}
     
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