Hi - my buddy bought a used Trek (fs) a couple years ago. From what I remember it looks like a mid-2000's XC bike with mid grade (2k range) components. Anyways, we were talking through text last night and I mentioned going for a ride in a few weeks when the snow melts. He told me he can't ride because the steer tube on his fork is too short and he needs to get a new one. I don't know the bike or fork model off hand but I figured I would check in here to get general opinions.
Apparently he sent the fork into Rock Shox for warranty service through his LBS (unrelated to steer tube length). When the fork came back the mechanic said that there was no way he was putting the fork back on that bike and couldn't believe my buddy had been riding it like that. He said he has used all the spacers he can and the fork has barely enough material in the head tube to even stay in place...never mind be ridden on rough terrain.
Are there any safe solutions for this or will he have to pony up the dough and buy a new fork? Also, this is the kind of stuff that makes me weary about buying used bikes. I would never think to pull the fork off and make sure the steer tube was the correct length.
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Thread: Steer tube too short. Solutions?