Cruiser with Suspension Fork?? Need Help

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Sixgun86, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Sixgun86

    Sixgun86 New Member

    I'd like to build a cruiser that I can use a suspension fork on though most that I've seen use 1" steering tube. Can anyone point me in the right direction of Mfg. that I should be looking at??

    Need it to be 1 1/8 to use most common aftermarket forks.

  2. ocscully

    ocscully Member

  3. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    You can find mountain bike forks with 1" threaded (used on most cruisers) steerers.
    Some of the early Marzocchi forks allow you to interchange steering tubes and fork legs to ensure a good fit.
    You can occasionally find a dual crown fork with 1" threaded on EBay.
    You can always find a springer fork for a 1" threaded bike.
  4. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    My Raleigh girlie cruiser has 1 1/8" tube. I installed an aftermarket suspension for on it.

    Best thing I ever did.:detective:
  5. Whizzerd

    Whizzerd Member

    There's always the Springer. Love mine.
  6. fritzalee

    fritzalee New Member

    Suspension forks

    I found a 1" suspension fork with threaded 8" steer tube from an ebay seller called Chasertech, $69.99 + shipping Should you need a 1 1/8" steer tube suspension fork I have a brand new RST also from ebay that will not fit any of my old bikes silver in color, I'll make you a good deal on it.
  7. A front fork with suspension from a roadmaster bike fits my schwinn delmar cruiser.
  8. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    2 solutions available

    1. buy a new cruiser that uses a 1 1/8 head tube (possibly a designer bicycle or maybe even a walmart that comes with a shock, probably a crappy shock)
    2. Get someone to braze lugs and a new 1 1/8 head tube onto your frame.

    I found a 90's rockshox on Ebay for $40, with the 1" tube.

    If you're buying used, make sure the tube is long enough to go through your headset stack and frame and not come short of the locknut. If its too long, you can cut it down with a hose clamp and hacksaw and file, or add keyed washers (find junk reflectors and cut off the tabs).

    I've looked around and emailed Rockshox and Manitou. I think
    RST is the only one making new modern shocks (entry level, not with the damping and lockouts etc)
    for 1" bikes. None of the manufacturers care. But Marzocchi might still have some old crown&tube NOS parts for 90's 1 1/8 shocks like the Bombers. I have a 1 1/8 coil&oil and LOVE IT. It has the old style pinch bolt and snap ring crown, and could be used with a replacement crown. After that they went to press fit (cryo-fit aka freeze the parts and press fit).
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2009
  9. I did it. 1 1/8" Manitou on a early Schwinn cantilever frame. I did it with high speed rotary grinder to the inside dia. of inner bearing race . very carefully>must be just right. Use small loose ball bearings,2 bags full for the lower bearing. I found a caged bearing for the top bearing. It worked! wasn't easy,turned my cruiser into a big BMX with mx-5 power.
  10. Wheres my dog

    Wheres my dog New Member

    Springers give a nice ride too