FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


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Upgrading Your Waterford

What kind of composite fork can I install on my Waterford?

Your fork selection will have a greater impact on handling than any other component switch. The key is to select the fork that has the least impact on your geometry.

Just about all composite forks sit taller than the classic Waterford steel fork with Henry James Crown. That's why Waterford offered an alternate geometry for riders who wanted the Kestrel fork. Without adjusting the geometry, the head angle would drop by a full degree - with a noticeable effect on handling.

Here are some suggestions for upgrading forks:

  • For 1200 and 2200 prior to 2001 (look for a serial number from C93xxx to M00xxx), the Wound-Up composite fork works best. It has a 40mm rake (the same as most sizes) and a 45mm rake version (good for most of the rest). The Wound-Up has the shortest height of any fork around - 366 from axle to crown race.
  • From 2001 on, the Wound-up works even better, but the Reynolds Ouzo Pro becomes an easy substitute. The Ouzo Pro also works for the RS- series of all vintages. Be sure to match the rake as closely as possible.
  • Unfortunatly, the available cross forks are a poor match with the X-series, the RSE-series and to a lesser extent the 1900 Adventure Cycle geometries. The X-series forks sit more than 20mm shorter than most of the aftermarket forks. Of course, with the Adventure Cycle, even if you changed over the fork, no composite fork is currently designed to support front racks and loads.
  • If you are experimenting outside of these rules of thumb, remember that, for a given head angle, the shorter the fork rake, the more stable the steering.
  • Don't forget the load limitations on your fork. Many of these super-light forks - especially those with carbon steerers - aren't designed for big bikes, big people and heavy loads. You'll be happier with a steel, aluminum or titanium steerer. Don't be gram-wise and pound foolish!

One more thing: Don't throw your old fork and headset away. You may one day want to reinstall it and remind yourself of what a great ride it offers.

Question List

Choosing Your Waterford

Do you want a racing bike, recreational bike or both?
What kind of maintenance does my Waterford need?
How big a tire do you want to fit on your bike?
How do you go about choosing your Waterford?
What if my seatpost slips during rides?
How versatile do you want your bike?
What kind of handling do you want?
What do I need to do to prevent rust and corrosion?
Why do we measure our seat tubes 'center to top'?
What do you want to carry?
How big a load do you want to carry?
If I'm a 180 pound rider, why does it matter whether my load is 15 pounds or 25 pounds?

Geometry and Fit

How does Waterford perform factory fittings?
What is toe-clip overlap and why do we avoid it?
My Fit Kit recommends a 538mm top tube. Nobody offers stock geometries in these sizes. What's my best fit?
Can't you just build a bike based on Fit Kit® measurements?
Why are your seat angles so steep on small frame sizes?
Why is there toe clip overlap on track geometries?
Why does Waterford recommend 650C or 26" wheels on selected sizes?
Why does Waterford sometimes recommend 650C or 26" wheels?
What if I want to change from a steel fork to a carbon fork or vica versa?

Materials & Construction

Retrofitting S&S Couplers?
What makes Waterford's Tubesets so Special?
Why Steel?
How much do color choices affect durability?
Lugs vs. TIG - Which is best?

Paints and Finish

How do I apply touch-up paint?
Why don't we Chrome Plate all Waterfords?
How do color choices affect durability?
Why not internal cable routing?
Wouldn't clearcoat over bare metal work?
Why not clearcoat only?
What's wrong with a matte finish?
Why can't I just give you a paint code to select custom paint?
Choosing a Finish

Upgrading Your Waterford

What kind of composite fork can I install on my Waterford?

General Information

Where do I find my serial number?
What does my serial number mean?
What is the difference between Gunnar and Waterford
What is the difference between 14-, 22- and 33-Series models?

Assembly & Care

What common dimensions are there for Waterfords - threading, bolts etc.?
My head tube is somewhat out of round. What kind of problem is it?
Which clamp diameter should I use to for my front derailleur
Clamp-on or braze-on front derailleurs.
What kind of care do I have to give my Waterford to prevent rust from forming?
How do I prevent my composite (carbon fiber) seatpost from slipping?
How long a seatpost do I need?
How do I get a good fit when installing downtube shift adapters?
How do I apply touch-up paint?
How do I apply replacement decals?
How do I remove my chainstay protector?
Should I use my Waterford on my Windtrainer?
Why did we go from 27.4mm to 27.2mm seatposts?
Why don't we install dropout adjusters on bikes that have adjuster holes?
I have an older model 1400 or 2400 off-road frame. What kind of front deraileur do I need?
What if I want to install a 1" for on a 1 1/8" head tube frame?
Threading: What is it for eyelets, rack mounts and so on?

Repair & Restoration

Why can't I just have Waterford touch up my frame instead of completely repainting it?
Is it worth it to restore my old Paramount, Raleigh or other classic road bike?
Can Waterford spread my dropouts on my old bike?
What does it take to retrofit my bike with S&S Couplers?
Will Waterford put its decals on a Paramount restoration?
Can I change the geometry on my existing frame?
I have a dent in my top tube, should I be concerned?
I have a chrome Paramount with damage to the chrome. Can you re-chrome it for me?

Buying / Selling a Waterford

How can I sell my Waterford?


Can I order a 1 inch steerer disc brake fork?
How can I get a disc brake fork with the ride of my classic steel rim brake fork


Does Waterford provide Warranty Coverage?


What do I do for a stuck seatpost or bottom bracket?
What should I do to prevent high-speed wobble and shimmy on my bike?
What do I do about brake chatter or shudder?
How do I reduce brake squealing?
How do I prevent my rear wheel from pulling under heavy climbing or sprinting?
What if I experience chain suck on my Off-Road frame.

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