How to Install a Bike Fork?

Are you looking for the complete process to install the bike fork? Well, the first step would be its removal. But to be honest, it is a technical process that might need some professional help. But if you still want to try it on your own, you can follow the instructions from this article:

Tools Required:

To complete the entire process, you’ll require the following tools

  • Bike stand
  • Allen keys 3, 4, 5, 6mm
  • Screwdriver
  • Threadless saw guide
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Hack saw
  • Soft face hammer
  • Pipe cutter with a new blade
  • Threadless nut installer
  • The tube that will fit over the steering tube and install the lower crown race
  • Torque wrench
  • Shock pump with 250psi capacity

Also Read: What is a Tapered Mountain Bike Fork?


Here’s the step-by-step guide to install the new bike fork:

Removal of the front wheel and the top cap:

You’ll have to remove the front wheel and then the top cap to continue the installation of the new bike fork. This step is simple, and you need a wrench to untie the axle nuts.

Removal of brakes:

The next step is the removal of the brakes. You have to untie the bolts that fix the brake caliper into the fork. For the bikes with IS adapter, you can remove the brakes from that particular point.

Removal of brake hose and stem assembly:

Hex bolts and tie wraps are two ways through which your brake hose can be attached. For the hex bolts hose, you can simply unbolt the screws for removing, whereas, for tie wraps, you’ll have to cut it off. But make sure not to touch the brake line.

In case of stem assembly, you’ll have to loosen the stem bolt, holding the bike fork in position. Once these bolts are loosened, remove the stem assembly and the bar.

Removal of the fork and lower crown case:

Next is the removal of the fork, which is necessary for installing a new one. Once this is done, you’ll find the lower bearings. An important tip here is to pay attention to the smoothness of these bearings, as you might need to replace them.

Measure the existing steering tube:

Measure the existing steering tube of your bike with a measuring tape. Note the length and measure the new steering tube.

Cut the fork:

This is the most crucial step in the entire process. You’ll have to cut the fork based on the length found from the old steering tube. Using a hacksaw or threadless saw are the options you can utilize for this purpose. Be extra careful while cutting because you wouldn’t like to cut it short; it would be of no use. Once done, smoothen the edges.

Use the star nut and install the lower bearing race:

You can screw the star nut through the star net setting tool. Now line the star nut with the steering tube and install the lower bearing race. Make sure the race adjusts to the fork crown.

Install the bike fork:

After all this hard work, now is the time to replace the bike fork. You can add the bike fork, screw the bolts and your bike fork is ready.

Also Read: What to do if the Bike Fork is Rusting?

Summing up:

By following this procedure, you’ll have your bike fork installed properly. But still, there is a technical aspect involved, so it is better to get professional help from a mechanic to get it right the first time.


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