I am not pleased with the designed of the forks on the cross country. I am considering replacing with boot forks. Has anyone did this? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What would I give up?
Thanks for your help.
I haven't done this, but I've been thinking about it. The pros of fork gaiters are:
- They look old-school cool (IMO).
- They won't break, like those silly OEM plastic protectors (which I haven't broken yet, but a lot of owners have).
- I think they do a better job of protecting the tubes, than just having something in front.
The disadvantage is:
- You won't be able to see at a glance if a fork seal is leaking and needs replacement.
Now, you'll need to have the front wheel (or the forks) off to put these on, unless you get something like these split boots: http://www.retrocycle.com/CustomChro...assembly_.html
. The problem is finding the right size, because the Cross forks -- the upper supports of the tubes -- are not uniformly narrow, i.e., not built for gaiters. And I've done some looking and some measuring, but feel free to do this yourself.
If you come up with something, please report back, because I really like the looks of boots. The Triumph Scrambler still uses these (although it doesn't have inverted forks), some Urals, and I think a few others still do.