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    Fork Steer tube length question

    Hey guys/gals.... I'm a relative noob to the MT scene been riding for a few years on borrowed bikes and recently picked up a used Trek 6000 reallllllly cheap.

    The bike is in excellent shape was never ridden. Stored for 4 years in a garage, hell the tires haven't even been worn. The only problem is the fork leaks. I can only guess it's from the seal getting dry like I have experienced on my motorcycles over the years. The fork is a cheapy anyway so I am looking to upgrade.

    Found a Dart 3 but the steer tube is 265mm and the one on the bike is 6" or so. So there is a difference of about 3-3/4" in length. My question is. Can I still use this thing? maybe cut it down or whatever. I have a full machine shop so that is no problem if it is possible.

    yeah I know this may be a stupid question but I have no local peeps to ask and I haven't even removed the old fork yet to look at it.

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    If it is longer than you can just grab a trusty hacksaw, cutting wheel, or tubing cutter and cut it to the height you like.

    The Dart 3 wont be much of a upgrade from what you have. Look for at least a Tora fork, especially a Tora 318 Solo Air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dremer03
    If it is longer than you can just grab a trusty hacksaw, cutting wheel, or tubing cutter and cut it to the height you like.

    The Dart 3 wont be much of a upgrade from what you have. Look for at least a Tora fork, especially a Tora 318 Solo Air.
    Thanks Dremer. yeah I know it isn't a great fork, but it's got a lockout feature which will help me on probably 30-40% of my riding. I took a look at the Tora 318. Looks like a nice one and the prices weren't too bad. Bout 150 more than I paid for the bike but I may have look a little more before I purchase.

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    What year is the bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dremer03
    What year is the bike?
    It's a 2006. I picked it up for $100. It seemed like a good deal to me. Especially cause it fit me real well. Looked for 3 months or so and couldn't find 16-17" frame bike used anywhere.

    Hoping it will get me through the summer and hopefully I will be able to upgrade either all the components or to a new bike by then.

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    Most 6000's (modern ones anyways) come with two to three spacers under the stem. Without any spacers, the steering tube should (at a minimum) terminate about 5 or so mm below the lip of the stem. It dosen't matter if the length exceeds the height of the stem.

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    Got any pics of the bike. Sorry I am so interested but I cant for the life of me find a 2006 Trek 6000 online. Seems like they had the 6500 and up for 2006, but did have a 6000 in 2005 and 2007+
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    Trek didn't make a 6k in 2006.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwampDonkeyDisco
    Trek didn't make a 6k in 2006.
    Its a mystery.

    Perhaps the OP can pick it out using this link.

    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...6000&Type=bike
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    I can e-mail a pic from my phone. Don't have an account on any online photo sites.

    It's blue and red. The forks are solid red and frame Blue with white Trek stickers.

    Is there somewhere on the frame where it has the Date? The seller said it was a 2006. Considering it didn't have a scratch on it or even any wear from cable rub I just figured he was telling the truth. I'll be slightly pissed if it is older. maybe enough to call him up. But after doing 25 mile on it today I can't be too pissed. It did fine except for the fork.

    Oh it does have 3 spacers on the tube. 2 that look to be the same size and one thicker one.

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    Is this it? If so, it's a 2000 model. I wouldn't be pissed at all. You scored a deal with this bike, especially for it being in tip top.

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    Yep.... that's it. Damn a 2000 model. It's hard not to be pissed knowing it is 6 years older than I was told. I didn't have time to really do any research. Was out of town working and just ran across it. Yeah I didn't get hurt for $100, but just knowing I got lied to like that ticks me off.

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    Maybe he wasn't the original owner and perhaps he didn't know the exact year. Either way, in my view, you got a good deal. Have fun on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwampDonkeyDisco
    Maybe he wasn't the original owner and perhaps he didn't know the exact year. Either way, in my view, you got a good deal. Have fun on it.
    Yeah could be. He never said he bought it new or anything.

    I plan on having fun. I'm only 5'5" and for the past year I've been riding a friends 19.5" trek 4900. Loved the way it rode. Was great when on pavement. And even did good off road but was wayyyyyyyy too big for me. Bout neutered myself a few times on it.

    This one fits me perfectly. Did some good trail riding today and I could really throw it around. Once I rectify the fork situation (way too soft) I think it will be OK. Took it to my shop after the ride and put a dial indicator on the rims. Practically no runout what so ever.

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