FORKS & CROWNS


Several different forks and crowns were used over the years. Both round and oval blades were used in all production periods. The most elegant crown was the double-plate cast fork crown with sockets for round fork blades, introduced in 1946 (1947 catalog). At first, this was a very simple affair, but ornamental tangs were added to compliment the Latin Series lug patterns in 1950. The double plate crown became scarce in the late 1970s, and by the 1990s it had been replaced by the Cinelli crown with oval blades.

Below are representative samples.



1938 Brilliant 1940 Competition
1946 SpuerSpecial

Typical crowns, 1938 to 1946.

1930s

A very early crown, probably 1935-7.



1939 AC

1939 Anglo-Continental racing model with extra beefy oval forks for the rough French roads of that time.



double plate casting

Hetchins first used the double-plate crown in 1946; this became the standard thereafter. It featured round fork blades. Note the sloping edges between the plates. Variations are known with more or less space between the plates. The castings became scarce in the late 1970s.



1988 Mixte

A few double plate crowns reappeared in the late 1980s with parallel plates (possibly a different supplier had been found).



The oval-blade fork crown first appeared in the 1953 catalog, but some earlier frames had them fitted. This one has a milled top.

1950 MB


1984 MBS

Another oval-blade crown on a 1984 MB Spyder.



The Cinelli crown,
used from ca. 1990.

MO-Mil


foto: Kranz

Other variations from the 1970s (above and below).

foto: Patrick


Below are representative samples of Hetchins forks and crowns from various production periods. Plain and elaborate crowns, round and oval blades, were made in all periods from 1950 onwards.

1948 Massed Start

1948 Massed Start

1950 MO Ph i

1950 MO Ph i

1976 Keyhole

1976 Keyhole

1965 MO Ph ii

1965 MO Ph ii

1967 MO Ph ii

1967 MO Ph ii

1990 MO Ph iii

1990 MO Ph iii

MO Mil

2000 MO Millennium

1951 Experto

1951 Experto Crede

1954 MB

1954 Magnum Bonum

1963 MK

1963 Mtn. King

The Plus

The Plus

Vade Mecum Superbe

Vade Mecum Superbe

1992 ND

1992 Novus Ductor

Scorpion Bonum

Scorpion Bonum

Time Trial

1988 Time Trial

1948 Earls Court

1948 Earls Court

Bates Diadrant style

Last but not least:
Bates-style "Diadrant" fork.
Note radial spoking.



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