I’ve been meaning to modify my RS REBA RLT for a while now, but kept getting side tracked. Finally Saturday after a solid morning ride and a nap I had the late afternoon free to tackle the project.
The Knard on RH jams up nicely in the stock fork. Won’t turn.
So I hit it with the dremel and sipped some beer while creating the clearance I needed.
Took about 1 beer’s worth of gentle grinding to get the clearance I was after and the tire turning freely.
Looks gnarly, but there is lots of material left and this mod has been done many times with zero reported failures so I think it’s pretty safe.
There is clearance now for all the conditions I ride it. We don’t get really sticky clay type mud in my part of BC and that’s the only situation I think this fork would be a problem with.
Lots of side wall clearance. Before mod sidewall would rub fork.
All in all a pretty minor quick mod that lets me use a “normal” 29er fork with my Krampus and not have to go Lefty and/or run some weird front hub.
I’m going to setup my Knard/RH wheels split tube tubeless next and see how the wheel fits before I mask off the Reba and paint it. The tubeless tire might change size and need a slight tweak to fit well.
BTW – the fork will go on my Krampus. I just left it on that 29er to make it easier to work on until I was ready for an install on the Big K. The puny rear tire is a Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.4″ on a Stan’s Flow rim.