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 Post subject: Bent Tange Switchblades?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:06 pm 
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Hello RB world! Just picked up a lovely set of Tange Switchblades, great looking forks.

When looking them over I noticed some strange bulges in the legs, just below the brake bosses that worry me some, pics attached.

The right leg seems to be a little worse than the left and has what seems to be a edge just below the ripple, running a fingernail over the area it will grab my nail. The ripples also seem to be asymmetrical, lower on the right than the left.

Finally I put a straight edge on the legs and the legs kick forward about 5mm.

Is this normal or could these be bent?

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:17 pm 
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I have the bontrager version and they are straight with no bulges or ripples in the legs. I guess they have had a bump at sometime


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:20 pm 
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I never seen one in "flesh" , But if these show at mine door, I wouldn't be too happy!
That is,if it wasn't described in sale and/or price was not low enough, to justify such condition.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:30 pm 
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I don't want to jump to conclusions about being bent or not.....looking for other opinions.

If they are it would be a shame, they are in great shape otherwise.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:59 pm 
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The set I had did not have any bulges like that I'm afraid.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:11 pm 
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i have a set Ill post some pics over the weekend


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:37 pm 
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It was great idea,to have replacement fork legs. 8) I searched for them,but alas no luck so far.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:59 pm 
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I have the same American built Switchblades and they don't have the spots. Sorry.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:23 am 
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Those are bent. No question. Sorry.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:23 am 
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I agree. There's even a crease / mark in the paint in the one shot.


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