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    carbon ritchey fork on an MB-1?

    Hey guys, I have an old bridgestone mb-1 that my uncle gave to me when i was a kid. It saw most of its years sitting a garage, but now I'm interested in getting into mountain biking this summer, and realized the fork needs to be replaced.

    How's this for a replacement fork?

    http://www.amazon.com/2010-RITCHEY-C...2847595&sr=8-1

    I understand that upgrading to a suspension fork may mess with the intended geometry of this old bike's frame, and I'm a complete beginner so i'm not sure how well that fork would do with the mb1. Thanks!

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    well......thats a Road fork and the MB1 is a Mountain bike...not a good mix...wrong link maybe? You need to go to your local bike shop for some guidance...or do some research and reading here before you muck up a good bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by da'HOOV
    well......thats a Road fork and the MB1 is a Mountain bike...not a good mix...wrong link maybe? You need to go to your local bike shop for some guidance...or do some research and reading here before you muck up a good bike.
    oh whoops. this one. it's a cyclocross fork, so i was wondering how it'd fare on a mtb.

    http://www.amazon.com/Ritchey-Cycloc...2851106&sr=1-7

    i actually checked at a bike shop near my area, and the guy there suggested i put a dart 2 on my mb-1. i never went back

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    Same difference, it's still a 700cc fork on a 26" wheel MTB....do some research my friend. A Dart would be wrong but better than what your looking at. Like I said, don't muck up a good bike. If you want suspension buy a newer bike, leave the MB1 alone. How about a picture?

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    yeah i def. dont want to muck it up. i didn't realize until recently that i had a very respectable and respected bike. i'll take pics and post them later tonight.

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    There is a 26" version of that fork, but I see two likely problems:

    1) As far as i know, they all have 1 1/8" steerer tubes. I'm pretty sure all MB-1s are 1", so it wouldn't fit.
    2) If, by chance, there's a 1 1/8" MB-1, this would still change the geometry, as it's a suspension corrected fork.

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    What is wrong with the original fork?
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    Quote Originally Posted by philahn
    yeah i def. dont want to muck it up. i didn't realize until recently that i had a very respectable and respected bike. i'll take pics and post them later tonight.
    That's the right attitude, and you're smart to steer clear of the shop that wanted to put a Dart II on it. Patience will pay off. Sometimes, it's actually easier to buy a "donor bike" of similar vintage, an MB-2 or 3 of the same year for instance, that might have other issues but an intact fork. I'm looking forward to your pics and more details...
    Beware the forty-year-old man on a twenty-year-old bike...He likely knows how to ride it.

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    sorry...

    but this thread's just not right without a picture...
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    You should be able to find a Ritchey unicrown rather easily. It would be an inexpensive and proper fork for a MB-2.

    Stan, didn't realize you had that. I am a sucker for anything with a bi-plane fork. Just missed an '82 Stumpy with one by a few minutes this morning. Damn.

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    The fork on Stan's MB-1 was a really nice project by Bridgestone. Nice bike.

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    Stan just gave me fork lust.....
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    Wow Stan! That really is a very nice bike!

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    Here are the pics guys. As you can see, the shocks on the fork are completely gone. I guess my uncle upgraded the suspension fork. If i were to upgrade the suspension fork, what do you guys recommend? i have up to a $350 budget max.






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    You should be able to get a nice fork for the bike for $50-100. Look at unicrown forks on Ebay or Project II forks. Make sure to get a 1 inch steerer.

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    Ritchey unicrown.
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    I don't know if i'm gonna be able to find a Ritchey unicrown fork lol

    How's this one? It's kind of tough finding a 1" steerer. :[

    http://www.bikeman.com/KON-P2MTNONEINCH.html

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    A little long. You ideally want something that is about 395 mm long.
    A Tange Mtn Fork might be easier to find. Or a Spinner, both show up fairly regularly on ebay.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    contact joel at clockworks bikes, he's got those slick fork lugs (pacenti?) and can make you a nice lugged crown fork to your weight/riding style etc. think his forks are about 200

    I'm pretty sure most custom framebuilders can get the same unicrowns and can do the same, but I like Joel, so there.
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    Try the Tange Presteige here:

    http://www.bikeparts.com/productsearch.asp?manufacturerName=Tange&selCategory=1434&selManufacturer=440&categoryName=Forks%A0-%A0Rigid[/URL]
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    Yep, that'd be good (http://www.bikeparts.com/search_resu...p?ID=BPC133846)
    But it looks out of stock.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    Rats, didn't check stock, sorry.
    Too many bikes, and just enough time to ride them.

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    This one's available. Good to go?

    http://www.ride-this.com/index.php/t...k-1-black.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by philahn
    That fork would be a good fit, although somewhere along the line, your bike was converted from a threaded setup to a threadless setup. It's easy to reverse, but you'll need a new headset (or at least upper cup and race) and quill stem to go back.

    Also, when buying a threaded fork, attention must be paid to the length of the steerer so that it is long enough, with enough threads to engage the headset nut, but not be too long. Too long would be preferrable, but then you'd have to track down someone to cut to the right length and rethread if necessary..

    Where are you located, sounds like a little in person guidance to get this MB-1 up and running would be helpful. The local LBS is not terribly likely to be well versed in this tech anymore, but if you post up where you're at, somebody might be able to recommend a decent shop to help you out..

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    Quote Originally Posted by philahn

    You other guys are helpful, but apparently can't read
    (that is, unless I am wrong in assuming that "thrdls" means "threadless" and not "the riddles" or something)

    So, the fork you found is also threadless! (as anything made new these days probably is) Since your bike was converted to threadless for the suspension fork, this will be fine! You can re-use the same headset and stem you have now. If you can't do it yourself, I would recommend having a shop switch the forks out for you. It shouldn't be too expensive ($15-30?).

    One thing to note would be that the new fork will have a longer steerer tube than the current one. If you have felt that you would like the handlebars a little higher, this would be a good time to experiment with raising things an inch or two with spacers instead of getting the steerer tube cut down flush.
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