I've seen a couple of different questions that have touched on this topic but after having read the answers, I'm still not confident. I'm doing my first bike build and so far I'm just trying to put together a parts list of compatible parts.
My frame has a tapered headtube, which is confusing me. The exact specification is as follows:
- Tapered headtube.
- Headset: VP, 1-1/8"-1.5"(46mm/56mm).
From this I assume two things: That the headtube is tapered and that it comes with a tapered headset to match.
Now, can I fit a fork with a standard 1-1/8 steerer into this setup or do I need a tapered fork to match it? I'm a little confused, I've also noticed there's a massive lack of tapered forks on the sites I've checked compared to the straight ones. I'd also seen people reference to an adapter that allows a straight for to be fitted in a tapered headtube but I wasn't sure on this either.
Finally... more of a general question - would I be able to consider any fork (tapered or straight, whatever the answer is to the above) or do I need to think about anything else? Anything related to Geometry etc...? I've read this can also be a factor but it seemed a bit contentious.
I know similar questions have been asked before - apologies, I'm still not confident...