How to Take Forks Off a Bike

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How to Take Forks Off a Bike
The fork is where the front tire is mounted. (mountain bike downhill image by Maxim Petrichuk from

Changing the forks on your bicycle is a needed step if upgrading the suspension or simply doing an overhaul to the bike. Removing the front forks can be done within a few minutes with basic bicycle tools. This task can be done in your own workshop.

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Things you need

  • Bike work stand
  • Cutters
  • Allen keys

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  1. 1

    Place the bike in the work stand by clamping the bike stand arm around the seat post.

  2. 2

    Cut off any zip ties or cable ties on the fork of the bike.

  3. 3

    Remove the brakes of the fork using the allen keys. Let the brakes hang off the bike via the brake cables.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the handlebar stem from the top of the fork and bike frame. If there is a headset cap use the Allen key to remove. Hold the fork with your free hand when removing the stem so the fork doesn't fall out.

  5. 5

    Pull the series of washers off the top of the fork and set aside making a note of their order.

  6. 6

    Pull the fork out of the frame from the bottom of the fork holder.

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