at least it seems so, they bend a fork every week. and the 1 1/8 threadless forks are 100$ each to replace
I'm going to show you how to repair a fork using a ten dollar common threaded fork
buy these things
a 1 inch threaded fork with side pull brake posts from Pyramid. use 24 or 26 inch forks as appropriate but I'd suggest 26" as the wheels, tires and such are cheaper. you can also salvage any fork from junked bikes.
get these things,
Step 1: Cut Out the Old Fork
the fork is factory assembled by sleeving the fork legs and a collar onto the steering shaft,
first cut away the old legs like pic 1
the sleeve weld is at the bottom in pic 2, attack that with the angle and die grinders to separate the inner and outer parts
Step 2: Slice the Top Out Just at the Weld
carefully cut around the top of the sleeve, you want to just cut the outer layer below the bearing race but since the steering shaft is a solid bar, a few nicks won't hurt it's strength.
then slice with the angle grinder through the outer sleeve the long way so that you may split it out
Step 3: Disassembled
Step 4: Cut Away the New Forks
then use a hacksaw blade or a sawsall to slice the inner steer tube and plier it out
Step 5: Mating the Forks
Step 6: Use a Level
last chance to make changes, looks good to the level and the eyeball? great,
now weld it around the entire thing, top and bottom, this is really not for strength, this just keeps the forks from falling off the fork tube, the strength is from the factory sleeved bit and it's connection to the fork legs.
fore and aft angle is meaningless unless it is extremely off. then it causes handling issues. you can mostly ignore it
Step 7: Reassemble to Finish
add the race and reassemble into the frame.
congrats! you spent about 2 hours and saved 90$ and two weeks shipping.