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EWR Project – Answer Accu Trax Re-wired…

If you’ve been following this you will recall I wanted to use an Answer Accu-Trax fork on this build. I wanted a rigid EWR and I believe this fork suits the frame well as it has nice chunky legs and is made of the same 4130 Cromoly as the frame, another thing I dig about Accu Trax is having the offset in the dropout as it gives a nicer ‘straight’ look to the forks, as opposed to the alternative which was a Kona Project 2 which have the offset at the crown.

I picked these up from the USA via eBay and got them for a great price as they are 1″. Also they were threaded so I had a bunch of work to do getting these converted to threadless (see HERE FOR DETAILS) . The whole thing is a temporary fix cos the EWR is 1 1/8″ and is suspension corrected so these 390mm forks might drop the front end too much.

Long term I will get the geometry/BB height 100% with a cunning plan….

I got a fellow RetroBike member to strip and repaint them yellow so they matched the frame better, I didn’t leave the frame with him so all he had as a reference was a tiny chip of paint. The result, plus some repro decals is ok for me and when I go for the permanent solution I will leave him the frame so the next set of forks can be matched 100%.

Some progress shots of the work:

Back from Dave Yates Cycles with ahead steerer conversion

Sandblasted ready for repaint

First coat of yellow over white base coat

Finished article with repro decals

The wheels of progress turn slowly….Accu Trax style

Been waiting on these pups coming back from my friendly neighbourhood Frame Builder Dave Yates who was turning them from threaded to threadless steerer for me. I used his Priority Book Ahead system to ensure I had a slot and they wouldn’t sit around his place waiting to get done and it was perfect, in fact they contacted me over a week before my slot was due to tell me they had completed my work

I’m gonna be getting them powder coated in a new colour so I’m on the lookout for someone local who can colour match powder…..and quickly!!

The planets are slowly coming into alignment on this little project finally

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