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    Front tire off center

    Off center about 1/4" ...Anyone ever seen this?

    Any ideas on what to do?
    Wheel is brand new Alex DP20...
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    All I can think is, poorly dished wheel...or axle spacing off.. bummer

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    remove the wheel and install it backwards.

    if it is off center on the other side then redish the wheel no prob.

    if it is off center on the same side again, then it is your fork. not fun.
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    Ok thanks....

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    Just put wheel on backwards,off center the same way..
    It's a new Surly fork BTW...

    I'm gonna go do some measuring on front fork now...

    Thanks for the quick replies!

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    Nothing out of whack on fork, I'm thinking wheel needs to be redished...

    I have no Idea how to redish a wheel...

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    Yikes, any way to return the wheel!!

    Or you will have to learn these skills. And buy some tools
    Park Tool Co. ParkTool Blog

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    Return is not an option...

    No way I'm gonna try to redish on my own...
    I'm gonna take it to a bike mechanic...

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    but you said it's off centre to the same side, so if you took a photo with the wheel mounted backwards, would that photo and the one above look the same?
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob View Post
    but you said it's off centre to the same side, so if you took a photo with the wheel mounted backwards, would that photo and the one above look the same?
    Pic would look the same...

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    Then your wheel is fine. Do you have any other fork to do the same test?
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishcreek View Post
    Then your wheel is fine. Do you have any other fork to do the same test?
    Yeah I have another bike I can put it on..Going back out to garage now.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Houndog45 View Post
    OK Looks like it is the fork,centers up good on other bike...

    WTF? How in the hell does a company build a fork out of whack?

    Guess I'll be contacting Surly tomorrow...
    It's not that common, but it's not unheard of either. If the fork end is brazed on just a little off, it could end up being a quarter inch at the rim.

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    OK Looks like it is the fork,centers up good on other bike...

    WTF? How in the hell does a company build a fork out of whack?

    Guess I'll be contacting Surly tomorrow...

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    if the legs are fine, straight, balanced and no dents, it can be as simple as burr in one of the dropuout or accumulated paint. or a manufacturing defect.
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    Once again, thanks for the help !

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    hey no problem, nothing else to do here. i wish its warm enough here to work in the garage. winter sucks.
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishcreek View Post
    hey no problem, nothing else to do here. i wish its warm enough here to work in the garage. winter sucks.
    Hang a blanket on the door and get a heater..


    I'm gonna take it to work,I work in a fab shop with some way craftier guys than I..
    I feel stupid now..I didn't think about dropouts being slightly off causing it to be
    a 1/4" or so out at top.....I know these things

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