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I had an older Trek 4300 that I let my nephew borrow to ride to work. Unfortunately, he was hit by a car…he's ok just banged up a bit. My bike however needs a new front wheel/ tire as well as a new front fork.

how do I go about finding the correct ones? I don't mind buying used to save $. As I mentioned it's a pretty old bike, not worth much.

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Try the Bike Island site. They don't have many rear wheels left, but still have fronts the last I checked. You will need a 1 1/8" threadless fork with canti brake mounts for a 26 inch wheel. It may be easier to find a rigid fork.
 

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With how that fork is broken, brakes bent, and brake lever bent, I would be concerned about a crack in the frame or other damage. I would recommend taking it to a shop for an inspection and repair quote. Assuming the vehicle that struck him was at fault, the driver/owner is responsible for making you whole. Likewise, I would follow the suggestion that your nephew get checked by the doctor. Some injuries can take days or weeks to fully present.
 

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Whenever you have an event as catastrophic as that, you need to get the frame checked with a park frame alignment gauge. The local bike shop should have this.
 
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That's a very low end bike that appears to be in very poor condition – rust on the stanchions. You could round up a cheap used fork and wheel and have the frame checked for damage but it may be cheaper to just replace the whole bike. You basically need a 26er fork, 1-1/8" straight steer tube (that is long enough for the bike) with canti bosses for V-brakes and a 26" qr wheel with brake tracks. Watch Craigslist for these parts or a complete bike and see what you can find. Or you might find a cheap donor bike in the wrong size you can snag the parts off of.
 

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What's your budget? Will the driver's insurance cover the costs (assuming it was their fault)?

Obviously, used is the recommendation most given for a reason. But yes, you can still get new 26" straight steerer tube forks from folks like RockShox. However, they cost far more than the bike may be worth to you. Same with wheels. Plenty of used stuff, and 26" wheels are still made new.

Honestly, for the price of a new (or even good used) fork, you could just go to a big box store and grab a bike that is as good as the one you have in the shape it was in before the wreck (based on the images you provided - rusty stanchions, etc.).
 

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I would tell the drivers insurance company that you will sign off on not suing in exchange for $1000. Buy a much better bike for $500 and a couple months worth of groceries. Lucky he wasn't hurt.
I'm not sure I would personally bet against future health complications for just $1k. Sometimes the bad complications do take time to creep in on you, and $1k is basically one visit to a specialist + tests.
 

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I'm not sure I would personally bet against future health complications for just $1k. Sometimes the bad complications do take time to creep in on you, and $1k is basically one visit to a specialist + tests.
I completely agree but if he didn't seek medical evaluation at the time of the accident, just to get it on the record....good luck down the road.
 

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Take it to a reputable, local bike shop. There is likely more damage than the front wheel. A professional's opinion is needed to verify not only replacement parts but also to inspect for other damages. Safety first, then be thrifty.
 
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Looks like around a 2005 or so?

The fork is:
26"
1 1/8 threadless straight tube
9mm/100mm QR axle
v-brake / canti brake mount
80mm travel (100 mm would probably work too)

Choices of new fork would be
ROCKSHOX Recon Silver TK 26 1-1/8
sr suntour xcm 26 1-1/8

Add in the cost of a front wheel and a brake lever, and labor to cut the steering tube and install a star flange, and it will exceed the value of the bike.

Used is an option, but it is hard to find older forks that aren't worn out. Most need to be rebuilt. Measure the length of the steering tube on your current fork before buying used and make sure the steering tube is long enough to fit your bike.


I don't know who was at fault, but the car driver's insurance may not pay for repairs. They only owe you the fair market value of the bike, not replacement value or how much it would cost to repair it. They would consider a 15 year old bike that was $500 new to be "fully depreciated" and only worth garage sale prices. They would probably "total" the bike and say it is not worth repairs and refuse to pay for the bike to be fixed. They would be right.

Any money spent fixing this, plus the cost of a good tune up, would be better spent on a 2022 Marlin 4
 

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Looks like around a 2005 or so?

The fork is:
26"
1 1/8 threadless straight tube
9mm/100mm QR axle
v-brake / canti brake mount
80mm travel (100 mm would probably work too)

Choices of new fork would be
ROCKSHOX Recon Silver TK 26 1-1/8
sr suntour xcm 26 1-1/8

Add in the cost of a front wheel and a brake lever, and labor to cut the steering tube and install a star flange, and it will exceed the value of the bike.

Used is an option, but it is hard to find older forks that aren't worn out. Most need to be rebuilt. Measure the length of the steering tube on your current fork before buying used and make sure the steering tube is long enough to fit your bike.


I don't know who was at fault, but the car driver's insurance may not pay for repairs. They only owe you the fair market value of the bike, not replacement value or how much it would cost to repair it. They would consider a 15 year old bike that was $500 new to be "fully depreciated" and only worth garage sale prices. They would probably "total" the bike and say it is not worth repairs and refuse to pay for the bike to be fixed. They would be right.

Any money spent fixing this, plus the cost of a good tune up, would be better spent on a 2022 Marlin 4
He is not a first party beneficiary of the insurance subject to fully depreciated clauses, he is a tort victim. As such, in virtually every state the tortfeasor (driver and/or vehicle owner) is liable for the amount it takes to make the victim whole; i.e. the same position as prior to the accident. (In California, this is set forth in Civil Code 3333). If the current cost to replace the bike in todays market with an equivalent is $400, that is the amount of the property damage owed. Remember, the insurer is not the liable party, the driver/vehicle owner is. The insurer has a contractual obligation with the driver/owner. In the case of a lawsuit, the owner is sued, not the insurer.
 
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That bike is so low end it’s not worth fixing. You’ll spend more money on parts than the bike is worth with those parts installed. Cut your losses and go find something better on the used market.
 
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