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    What modifications are needed to use a tapered fork?

    I have a 2012 Specialized Rockhopper comp 29er. If I were to buy a fork that was tapered (really good price) what would I need to get it to work on my bike? Would this just require a new headset, adapter, or is it just not frame compatible?

    Marzocchi Corsa Superleggera 29er Fork

    Features:
    100mm travel
    TST Micro RC
    Micro Adjust Compression
    Rebound
    AER
    Air+ Neg. Spring
    29" Tire Clearance
    QR15 Thru Axle
    32mm Nickel Treatment Aluminum Tapered Stanchions
    Aluminum hollow crown

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    If the headtube on the frame is not tapered then you can't use a tapered fork.

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    Here's a response to a similar question about a Trek with an internal 1-1/8" headset.


    I am not sure exactly what head tube is on your bike, but it sounds like it is probably a 44mm ID headtube. (Bearings sit inside cups, and cups press in flush with head tube?) If that is the case, this is the headset you need to run a tapered steerer...

    Top: ZS44/28.6 Bottom: EC44/40

    Cane Creek Cycling Components :: Components :: Headsets Short Cover Top&btmName=EC44&btmProduct=110.EC44 Bottom

    Call their tech support.

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    The only mod you can do on your bike if it does not have tapered headtube, is to change the steerer tube on the fork to 1.1/8".

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    I believe there are adaptors for that. Check with your local lbs or well

    Tapered fork headset adaptor (2)
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    So buy the headset and I'm golden - sounds good. Still not sure what to do, however.

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    Good news! The guy who was selling the tires+fork said he messed up on description and said it was not tapered but 1-1/8". So that saves time and money! Think I should go for it and get the wheels + fork?

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    Most bikes that have a zerostack headset can tape a tapered fork. I saw most because it ultimately depends how deep the reaming for the cups is in your head tube and whether the external cups can fit without bottoming out on the internal ledge.

    Only issue now is that you have converted a zerostack headset to an external 1.5 cup on the bottom and added 10mm of stack height to your front end, slacking out your head and seat angles and slightly raising the BB.

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    What wheels/tires?

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    You should be good to go if it's a 1 1/8" fork. The 2012 Rockhopper Comp 29er doesn't have a tapered head tube.

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