Klunker question: were vintage front springers ever used??

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  1. #1 Posted Oct 23, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Hello Vintage MTB CABE'rs !
    I'm kinda getting the desire to build an old skool Klunker to have some fun with!
    I've looked thru some of the Klunker posts here and really love what I see!
    BUT what I don't see much (or at all) is anybody using Vintage front springers......
    Was this because they were SO heavy?? Was it because they were too brittle ??
    or ..... maybe too many moving parts that could rattle and fall off under more rigid trail riding conditions ??
    I have an Extra ShockMaster springer and was thinking about trying it out on a Klunker Build.......
    Is this a bad idea ?? Just wanted some expert advice from some of you experienced Klunker riders/builders.....
    It seems like, out of all the Vintage Springer designs ..... the ShockMaster from CWC might have the best design for an old MTB style........... or maybe the Murray-Made Dual Spring-Springer ??
    Thanks for giving me your 2 cents worth! CCR Dave
     
  2. #2 Posted Oct 23, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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  3. #3 Posted Oct 30, 2017

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    Many reasons they weren't used including ones you pointed out. Oh, terrible handling too. (for off road) Website above is great and you can see more of the real deal here: http://www.clunkers.net/
     
  4. #4 Posted Feb 13, 2018

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    Bit late, but I just remembered that the many of the riders in the morrow dirt club used springers, particularly Russ Mahon. I’m not sure where I read it but that’s besides the point
     
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    Personally, I'd never use one, because they suck for pedaling uphill.
     
  6. #6 Posted Feb 14, 2018

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    1976 klunkers with hand modified 1930's Schwinn Excelsior motorbike frames.
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  7. #7 Posted Feb 15, 2018

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    They suck for pretty much anything except for coasting while seated. Standing and pedaling is a joke too.

    Whizzers springs are a pretty big improvement for firmness on Schwinn forks, but they rebound hard. I always wonder what will let go first? I can just picture watching the spring flying through the air in the seconds before I get a taste of dirt! Rebound control to maintain tire contact with the ground is key with bicycle suspension. And springers have zero.
     
  8. #8 Posted Feb 16, 2018 at 7:34 AM

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    Yes, they were used here in Marin County, but were not very popular. Fred Wolf, one of the Mountain Bike Pioneers that you don't hear about very often rode a post war Schwinn cantilever with a Schwinn springer and a Sturmey 3sp hub.
     
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