I need help looking for a .....
Fat front fork that is chrome in color and 29er in size.
Can someone help me out? I am trying to switch to the darker side as you can see
Grab any Surly or Salsa fat fork and get it chromed.
It's not quite that simple, unfortunately. Do a google search for "hydrogen embrittlement", which is a by-product of some plating processes, and which can cause steel parts to fail at much lower than typical yield strength.
Originally Posted by vikb
What are my options here then?
are you suggesting that if i get a steel fat fork and get it chrome plated, the integrity of the fork/material is compromised?
Originally Posted by Andy FitzGibbon
You could buy an aluminum fork, strip the paint, polish it to a chrome-like finish, then seal it. 907 makes an aluminum fork, as does Salsa.
Originally Posted by Scott forty G.
Ehh?! My 98" Haro BMX is steel and chromed it's still solid as!
Painting is an option.
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Polished aluminum is a great suggestion as 98srx6 has done.
I have to say that chrome plating will not lessen the strength of your forks enough to worry about in your, your kids or kids kids life time.
I`m a car guy and I'm getting my `67 Triumph nickel dipped.
Plating will cost you more but last longer than all suggested above.
Parts on which embrittlement is an issue are sometimes baked after plating to alleviate the problem, and some plating processes are not as susceptible to the problem than others. Embrittlement is more of an issue on harder, heat-treated steel than on mild steel.
Originally Posted by OFFcourse
I'm not saying that if a Surly fork was plated, it would definitely have problems- but it's worth doing some research and finding a plater who has experience with structural parts, not just some guy who has only ever done car bumpers and semi stack guards.
There are some powdercoat finishes that are very shiny. I had a bike done in "Bright Chrome" which looks great. The appearance is closer to polished aluminum, however.