Brilliant, I can't believe I missed that for sale thread! I'll collate his posts here for reference....
1992 GT fork from my original Karakoram, custom brazed by Dave Yates to fit Hope mechanical calipers, the bosses ground off. Resprayed black.
It's currently sitting unused and unlikely ever to be. It fits 1 1/8" headsets and steerer tubes of 10cm length. If it's of any use to anyone for a restoration project send me a PM and make me an offer. It's stickered up as above.
In November 1991 (or thereabouts) MBi featured Hopes mechanical disk brake. In early 1992 the second batch of 50 was finished. Here's a pair a couple of days after their fitting. In those days you could still visit the mill on Skelton Street, Colne, for a fitting.
Eagle eyed will spot the cable mounted return spring that didn't make it past the third batch, and marks on the disc caused by the nitride coating discolouring. Nitrided discs eventually polish up really nicely, work sharply, and have a longer pad life because shit doesn't get embedded in them. Bring back nitriding for modern disks I say! Also solid axles that you had to remove to get the wheel out, large flange hubs with 6-bolt spider (some things never go out of fashion). And yes those pedals have been painted to match the GT splatter paint job. If colour coded pedals were good enough for Jason Shackleton...
By 1993 I'd had a custom caliper mount brazed onto the fork.
Fork and brake caliper now properly for sale here...
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... 073#502073
In 1992 Hope released their first disk brake using a floating caliper and mechanical actuation. After a year of racing on the hose-clipped version I gave my 1991 GT Karakoram forks to Dave Yates who brazed a custom mount (think - a flat plate of steel with the right holes drilled and tapped into it by Hope) onto them. At the same time he removed the cantilever bosses and resprayed the fork gloss black.
I used to swap between this fork for NEMBA sundays (XC day) and a Pro-Circuit suspension fork for Saturdays (DH). Here it is during the hillclimb in 1993 at the Nationals, Malvern.
early titanium hub/screw on spider, e.g.:
early titanium hub/splined spider, e.g.:
_________________Early Hope Disc Info...
- Xizang Serial Numbers...
My Bikes: 1992 Xizang
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