This "bargain" is turning out to be less than VFM at this moment, and i'm a bit gutted about the forks - apart from a few bits I was hoping to throw together a bike from all my spares - however, a pair of forks wasn't in the equation or in the parts bin. Epoxy putty doesn't exactly inspire me with confidence - if it was proper welding i'd be a lot more confident. Face and tarmac isn't on the agenda.
Just doesn't make any sense why or how this snapped - the steerer is still the perfect length given it's the original headset. The steerer & BB are stamped with the same number so this isn't a frankenstein job, so whoever managed to do this thinned out the top part of the steerer, installed it inside the remaining part and then glued the damn thing together - a rather foolhardy attempt in my eyes.
I'll take it down the LBS at weekend and see if they can recommend a fix or just bin the forks as I suspect will be the case.
Thanks guys, glad my initial reaction on seeing this was the same as yours - a crock of ****
Rick Powell 753 Track / Ribble Gran Fondo / Colnago Asso / 1975 Harry Quinn TT / 1990 Concorde Prelude / Vitus 992 / Keith Coppell Lo-Pro / 1986 KAS Vitus 979 / 1995 Mercian Strada Speciale / 2011 Raleigh GAC Militis 3 ex Graham Briggs / 1995 Ribble 7005 / 1986 Alan Super Record / 1985 MK1 Vitus 979 /
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