Just bought brand new mountain bike and cant put front wheel on due to the front forks being slightly twisted suspension forks they are
That sounds like a manufacturing defect without seeing it. You may consider returning to where you purchased it. New bikes generally come with a one year warranty against manufacturing defects and materials, so if it is new then they should be able to give you a new part.
Most professional bike shops have a set of what are called "H" tools that are designed to align dropouts on front forks and the rear drop outs. If a bike mechanic has been properly trained and has the experience then he/she will know how to use them.
However these tools are not recommended for use on front shock drop outs. Most shocks have the sliders with the drop outs cast into them. They are usually cast out of aluminum. Cast aluminum has a very low yield point and will easily break and snap in two if they are bent. The "H" tools mentioned above are designed to be used on forks and drop outs made from steel, which has a much higher modulus of elasticity or yield point, and they can be bent, tweaked and coaxed back into alignment without compromising the metal.
Front shock lower sliders are held together and aligned at the factory with a "U" type brace that goes over the tire. This allows the two legs of the shocks to travel in unison. Most front shocks have these two sliders and the U brace cast as one piece to eliminate the need for manual alignment of the drop outs. So if one of your drop outs is tweaked so that the wheel doesn't fit, then it most likely got damaged in shipping and I would have to assume that you did not purchase it assembled from a local (to you) bike shop. You may need to take it up with the shipping company or with where you originally purchased the bike to get this rectified.
Dec 26, 2010 |
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