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    Front tire rubs on left fork under hard braking??

    I recently had my coil Suntour replaced with a Rockshox Recon. Today I was noticing that when I brake hard, the front wheel shifts left and the front tire rubs the fork. I also noticed that the front tire is not centered but to the left?

    How can I fix this?
    Should I bring it back to shop? Maybe they did something wrong?

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    your quick release skewer is loose. or it's a flimsy skewer and you should get s stronger one. I had this problem at one time and learned very quickly why CLIX skewers have such a bad reputation for mountain bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    your quick release skewer is loose. or it's a flimsy skewer and you should get s stronger one. I had this problem at one time and learned very quickly why CLIX skewers have such a bad reputation for mountain bikes.
    I don't know what skewer it is but it came on my Felt Nine Trail. Any recommendation on a stronger skewer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joepa150 View Post
    I don't know what skewer it is but it came on my Felt Nine Trail. Any recommendation on a stronger skewer?
    Shimano. Anything deore level or above will do an excellent job.

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    Take it back to the shop, show them the problem and ask them to explain about the QR skewer and proper installation so you know what you're doing. Also ask them to check the dish of the wheel - easy way to check is to flip the wheel in the fork and if it's then offset to the right, then your wheel dish is off. They may also want to check the lowers as Rock Shox had some issues with previous fork lowers being off and causing this exact same problem.
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    ^agreed. get a bike shop to check your wheel dish and QR installation first. if that's not it, there may be a defect in your fork.

    a LOT of people install QR skewers incorrectly or just not tight enough, so don't feel bad if you're doing it wrong. How to install a quick release skewer on a bicycle - YouTube

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