I have a Cannondale ST700. A few weeks ago, I had a head-on collision. At first glance, the bike was fine. But the next time I went to ride it, it pulled to the side when I turned. Turns out my fork is bent backwards (although it is bent evenly). The bike shop thinks it's bent about 5-15mm. I've ridden it 3 times since the accident and it doesn't feel as stable.
The first image below is of the same model bike that I found online. The second image is my bike. Notice how my fork is clearly leaning backwards.
Obviously this isn't safe. What are my options for fixing it?
- Can I just bend the fork forward a little? (It's an aluminum fork)
- If I need to replace the fork, how can I identify a fork that will work with the bike?
- The bike has a headshok (it's the back, ring about 1" long between the headset and the fork). I don't really care about losing it, but does it prevent me from putting on a "normal" fork?