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Fork swap

timbo_timtimbo_tim Posts: 199
edited April 2017 in MTB workshop & tech
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I plan to steal my wife's q-loc suntour raidon (off her trott MTB1) and swap for my QR suntour radon (from my Boardman comp). I am pretty comfortable with brake removal and fiddling with the stem, but do I need to worry about headsets / bearings etc or can I just swap over as a single unit?

Anything I should look out for (apart from angry missus) to do this. Given the difference in frame size will the stock un-cut tube be roughly the same length?

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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    Depends if they have the same shaped steerer tube - straight/tapered.

    Why should the stock steerer be uncut - it will normally be cut by the factory to fit the frame. A ruler will tell you.
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  • timbo_timtimbo_tim Posts: 199
    cooldad wrote:
    Why should the stock steerer be uncut - it will normally be cut by the factory to fit the frame. A ruler will tell you.

    Sorry just meant that I hadn't cut it since purchase - will get the ruler out...
  • larkimlarkim Posts: 2,301
    If they've got different headsets (and presuming they are both tapered) then I would reckon it would make sense to swap the crown race over, quite a simple job to do really. If fact, even if they have the same headset then it might make sense to swap the crown races over so the bearings are running on the same crown race they've always used?
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  • timbo_timtimbo_tim Posts: 199
    Mmm wont that require some special tools - or a little bit more than just basic bike knowledge? You are probably right, but I am not sure my abilities are up to it!
  • For the difference between a 15mm and a 9mm axle I doubt I would bother with swapping them over
  • thistle_thistle_ Posts: 4,619
    timbo_tim wrote:
    Mmm wont that require some special tools - or a little bit more than just basic bike knowledge? You are probably right, but I am not sure my abilities are up to it!
    Technically a crown race removal tool http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Park-Tool-CRP2- ... _64334.htm and an installation tool http://www.tweekscycles.com/Product.do? ... 38&p=22467 but you can usually manage with a chisel, screwdriver, hammer and piece of scaffold tube.
  • timbo_timtimbo_tim Posts: 199
    For the difference between a 15mm and a 9mm axle I doubt I would bother with swapping them over

    Agreed, although I just bought a 15mm hub front wheel and thought a fork swap would be easier / preferable to buying something like this http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/nukeproof-conversion-kit-15mm-to-qr/rp-prod80192?utm_source=awin&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=Skimlinks&awc=2698_1493118979_5f30d9df914942eb514f0e379a35ebb4. On reflection, I think £15 and no hassle is probably the way forward!

    Thanks for all the help...
  • larkimlarkim Posts: 2,301
    I'm a mechanical numpty and I've managed to swap crown races with a screwdriver and a piece of plastic pipe. It's not hard, and on the forks I've seen once you get the crown race levered up a small amount on either side they pop off very easily.

    But you may be right - possibly not worth the effort for the small gains!
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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    Never needed a tube to fit a crown race, just tap it down with hammer and screwdriver working round it and tapping down progressively.
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