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Wren Sports: Beefcake Carbon Gravel Adventure Fork

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Wren Sports: Beefcake Carbon Gravel Adventure Fork

Wren Sports just announced the pre-order for their new Beefcake carbon adventure fork, designed for gravel bikes. The Beefcake has a 425mm axle to crown, with ample clearance for either a 27.5 x 3″ or 29 x 2.6″ tire. Its retail is $499.99 for the base fork or $549.98 for a 12mm thru-axle conversion kit. The pre-order is open now with an end of October delivery date.

Specs:
Material: Fully hand laid, aircraft grade carbon monocoque
Fits Wheels: 27.5 x 3.0, 29 x 2.6
Axle: 15 mm thru-axle standard. Optional 12 mm thru-axle kit available
Axle Material: 7075-T6 premium alloy
Hub: 100 mm
AC: 425 mm, plenty of room to clear mud and snow
Offset: 42 mm
Steer Tube: Tapered, 266 mm long
Post Mount: 160 mm standard, can run up to 203 mm rotor with adapter
Finish: Matte black with full color Beefcake logo on crown and gloss black Wren logos on each leg.
Weight: 770 grams

See more at Wren!

Steve Potts’ Mountain Type II R Rigid Fork and Gravel Fork Is a Perfect Upgrade for a Gravel, Mountain or Touring Bike

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Steve Potts’ Mountain Type II R Rigid Fork and Gravel Fork Is a Perfect Upgrade for a Gravel, Mountain or Touring Bike

Say you’ve got an older mountain bike frame or a newer adventure-style bike with a threadless carbon fork but you really want a steel fork on it. Well, look no further. Steve Potts has taken his tried and true Type II fork design and broken it into two categories, a Mountain fork, and a Mini Gravel fork. Both of which have cargo bosses on the fork legs, that iconic sleeved unicrown design and thru-axles.  The retail for both forks is $500 a pop, which is not bad at all!

Mountain fork specs:
Chromoly construction:
Steer tube 1.125″ x 350 mm long, ( threadless)
IS disc mount
Everything pack mounts
Standard rack mount ( Pass and Stow, etc.)
12 mm x 100 mm thru – axle
Axle to crown: 419 mm
Rake: 47 mm
Stock color: Silver crown, black legs:
Will fit tires up to 75 mm x 736 mm tall, ( 27.5 ” x 3″ 0r 29 ” x 2.25″ )

Gravel fork specs:
Same chromoly specs as the Mountain Fork but with:
Axle to crown: 401 mm
Will fit tires up to 700c x 50 mm

See the full lineup at Steve Potts Cycles.

Curve Cycling’s GMX+ Fork is Now Available

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Curve Cycling’s GMX+ Fork is Now Available

Our friends at Curve Cycling are excited to announce the GMX carbon fork is now available as a standalone product giving frame builders and those with suitable bikes a new bikepacking fork alternative. There are very few non-suspension corrected fat tire bikepacking forks on the market. The GMX could be the ultimate bikepacking fork in this space.

With clearance for a 29×3″ tire, the GMX+ fork packs a punch!

Specs:
-12 x M5 mounts (6 per side)
-430 mm axle to crown
-15x110mm axles pacing
-Carbon construction
-Stainless steel hardware
-55mm fork offset
-1.5″ inch tapered steerer
-180mm post mount brake
-Sold with carbon expander axle and external cable guide

See more at Curve Cycling!

MRP’s New Baxter Gravel Fork is On the Way

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MRP’s New Baxter Gravel Fork is On the Way

With either 40 or 60mm travel, a new silhouette with tapered legs, and minimal branding, you could say MRP is “going for it” with their new Baxter gravel fork. Weighing in at 1,420g, the new Baxter clears a 45mm tire in the 40mm travel model or a 50mm tire in the 60mm travel option.

SPECS:
Stanchion Size: 32mm
Travel: 40mm or 60mm
Weight: 1,420 g
Spring: FulFill™ Air
External Adjustments: 3-position compression damping, 20-position rebound damping
Axle-to-crown Length: 430mm* (*40mm model with 45c clearance, +5mm for 50c clearance), 456mm (60mm model)
Steerer Options: Tapered (1.125 – 1.5″)
Offset: 40mm version: 40.5, 44, or 47.5mm, 60mm version: 41.4, 45, or 48.4mm.
Brake Mount: Flat-mount 160 or 180mm
Bottle/Accessory Mounts: 2 (one per leg, 3 lb. [1.36 kg] max load per side)
Tire Clearance: 40mm version 700x45c default (50c optional), 60mm version 700x50c (29×2.00”)
Axle: 12×100 or 12x110mm (Boost)
MSRP: $989.95 USD
Availability: July 2021

For pre-ordering, contact MRP directly.

Pipedream Cycles: ALC43 A.L.I.C.E. and SRS48 Sirius CroMo Forks

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Pipedream Cycles: ALC43 A.L.I.C.E. and SRS48 Sirius CroMo Forks

If you’ve been looking for a rigid MTB fork for your hardtail or perhaps to replace your existing fork with something that utilizes more cargo capacity, then check out Pipedream Cycles’ new ALC43 A.L.I.C.E. and SRS48 Sirius (suspension corrected) steel forks. These forks range from £99.00 – £129.00 and are in stock now at Pipedream Cycles. See the full specs below and head to Pipedream for ordering.

Cane Creek: Small Batch 2020 IPA Brown Anodizing Helm and Hellbender

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Cane Creek: Small Batch 2020 IPA Brown Anodizing Helm and Hellbender

As part of this year’s Small Batch special edition project, Cane Creek announced their “IPA” collection, inspired by the pale ales that the breweries around Asheville, NC makes in house. Cane Creek took their products and coated them in a deep, rich brown anodizing, including their Hellbender bottom brackets, headsets and Helm MKii. Head to Cane Creek to see more and your local dealer to order but you better act fast, these will sell out quickly!

State Bicycle Co’s New Monster Gravel Fork is $289

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State Bicycle Co’s New Monster Gravel Fork is $289

Last week we posted the new State Bicycle Co 6061 Black Label all road bike, including a mention of the new Monster Gravel Fork but we wanted to give that value-minded, full-carbon, super-capable fork some light of its own. These beefy forks fit a max recommended tire size of 45c x 700c or 2.2″ x 650b, have plenty of cargo bosses, fender mounts, use flat-mount disc brakes, and uses a 12mm thru-axle. Best of all, is the price. The Monster Gravel fork retails for $289. See more at State Bicycle Co.

Ride Farr’s New 29er Steel Forks

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Ride Farr’s New 29er Steel Forks

Previously available with their GMX and ATB framesets, Ride Farr’s new steel forks were developed as an alternative to 80-100mm travel suspension forks. With clearance for a 3″ tire, 31.8mm steel fork legs, and boost 110 spacing, with an a-t-c of 483mm, these forks look to be a great option for converting your hardtail to a rigid bike for touring.

Specs:
-Plenty of cargo bosses
-Oversize 31.8mm Cromoly Blades
-Tapered Steerer: 1.5 to 1.1/8”, 300mm Length
-Boost 110 Spacing Lower Spacing
-15mm Thru-Axle M1.5 Thread ( CNC Machined Alloy Axle Supplied )
-Axle to Crown: 483mm
-Offset: 50mm
-Reference Weight : 1390g ( with 190mm Steerer Tube )

While these forks ($145) are now on backorder, Ride Farr has some samples for sale ($110). See more at Ride Farr.

ENVE’s Full Carbon Adventure Fork Has Internal Dynamo Routing and Cargo Mounts

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ENVE’s Full Carbon Adventure Fork Has Internal Dynamo Routing and Cargo Mounts

Teased last week, announced today, and shipping on October 15th, the newest fork from ENVE is a do-it-all gravel and touring fork. The Adventure Fork features cargo cage mounts, internal dynamo routing, fits up to a 58mm 700c tire, or a 2.6″ 27.5 with adjustable rake and A-T-C measurements. This is the fork everyone’s been asking for and ENVE has listened. What’s the most interesting about the fork is the flip-chip, which adds or removes 8mm of A-T-C measurement and almost 7mm of rake. This is the fork that will break the carbon mold for adventure bikes!

-Molded one-piece design from steerer to drop-outs weighs 575 grams
-Tire Clearance
29×2.1 (700×53) / 27.5 x 2.4
29×2.3 (700×58) / 27.5 x 2.6
-Axle Flip-Chips
55.5mm Rake with 406mm Axle-To-Crown
49mm Rake with 398mm Axle-To-Crown
-Three-Pack Accessory Mounts
-Dynamo Routing for Lights and Electronics Charging
-Lifetime Incident Protection and 5 Year Factory Warranty
-$625 retail

See more at ENVE.

Convert Your 15mm TA Gravel Fork into 12mm with JJP&E’s Conversion/Thru-Axle Adapter Kits

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Convert Your 15mm TA Gravel Fork into 12mm with JJP&E’s Conversion/Thru-Axle Adapter Kits

I’d assume many of you, like me, have a 15mm thru-axle gravel fork that you would like to convert to 12mm. Every time I review gravel or all-road wheels, they come in 12mm and I have to spend time searching and ordering 15mm cups for the hubs. Let me tell you, it’s a waste of time. I looked for a while for a conversion kit to change my 15mm fork to 12mm but never found anything. The other day, I stumbled upon an eBay seller who makes a handy 15mm to 12mm conversion kit for just about every fork on the market. The account is JJP&E and it really is as simple as you’d imagine! Check out an in-depth look below…

Manitou’s R7 XC Fork is Light and Flickable

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Manitou’s R7 XC Fork is Light and Flickable

Manitou has reworked the R7 this year, forming a modern, light, and strong XC-oriented fork designed to take daily wear and tear while still utilizing all the comforts of the competitors’ options. The R7 utilizes a VTT Pro damper, which offers a solid lockout, a soft mid setting, and a plush, wide-open setting. The R7 comes in 27.5″ or 29″, with 100mm or 120mm travel, and 37mm, 44mm, or 51mm offsets. If you’re not feeling the chrome crown, they also make one in black. Head to Manitou to check out more information.

Specs:
Weight: 27.5″ = 1625.2g (estimated, 120mm 44OS)27.5+/29″ = 1648.1.0g (estimated, 120mm 51OS)
Travel: 80-120mm
Steerer: 1.5″ Tapered Aluminum
Spring: Dorado Air w/ IVA
Crown: Forged aluminum, deep hollow bore SLVR
Compression Damping: VTT PRO
Rebound Damping: Half-cartridge adjustable TPC
Adjustments: 3-Position Compression w/ Open Mode Adjust, Rebound, Air Pressure, IVA Position
Stanchions: 32mm 7000 Series Aluminum
Brake: 160mm Post Mount (180mm max rotor size)
Axle: Hexlock2 15mm Axle
Axle to Crown: 27.5″ = 471 – 511mm27.5+/29″ = 484.5 – 524.5mm
Options: QR15, fender kit, short offset crown, remote lockout

HELM MKII Gets a New Damper, New Colors and a Limited Edition Hot Pink

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HELM MKII Gets a New Damper, New Colors and a Limited Edition Hot Pink

The Cane Creek Helm fork is a personal favorite of mine but even good things need an upgrade. The Helm MKII was announced this morning, featuring a newly-designed damper with a new compression and mid-valve circuit for even better control. There’s also a new SKF oil seal head and 2.5 weight damper oil which reduces friction and provides a more supple ride-feel.

Even the air spring has seen a redesign with new air pistons which reduce friction, more air volume, and a threadless seal head for easier travel change. Helm MKII also has low-friction SKF wiper seals as a stock feature.

Helm MkII maintains its tokenless air volume adjustment design, independently adjustable positive and negative air chambers on the air spring and rider-adjustable travel which allows HELM MKII owners to change the travel of their fork at home with just a few common tools.

The 29er Helm MKII comes in gloss black and the 27.5 in matte black. There’s also this Hot Pink limited release, with only 50 units available.

More Suspension on Gravel Bikes: Suntour GVX Fork Offers 40, 50, 60mm Travel

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More Suspension on Gravel Bikes: Suntour GVX Fork Offers 40, 50, 60mm Travel

I hope you’re not experiencing shock fade after yesterday’s post but we’re back today with more gravel bike suspension offerings, this time from Suntour. The GVX fork is their gravel travel fork, offering 40, 50, or 60mm travel options, remote lockout, 700x45c or 650x50c wheel options, magnesium construction, and 32mm stanchions.

GVX Specs:
-Magnesium lowers with a unique aesthetic specifically designed for the gravel market.
-Vertically aligned and tapered dropouts.
-100x15mm or 100x12mm dropouts with a lightweight, hollow-caped, and tool-type axle.
-32mm stanchions from A7000 series alloy, anodized black.
-A6000 forged crown.
-Crown mounted lockout, and rebound adjust. Remote lockout in development.
-Flat Mount brake to match with road and gravel type brake calipers.
-Air spring with 40mm, 50mm, or 60mm travel.
-Corresponding axle to crown by travel 436mm, 446mm, 456mm
-Corresponding offset by travel 45mm, 46mm, 47mm
-Fork offset is built into the crown.
-Max tire 700x45c or 650x50c.
-Mini fender included, stanchion mounts built in for larger fenders.
-Rated for Class 1 / E25 e-Bikes to match the growing e-Gravel trends
-Weight: 1725g
-MSRP: $499 USD
-Availability: August 2020

See more at Suntour.

The CINQ Touring Fork is the 1 1/8″ Carbon Fork You’ve Been Looking For

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The CINQ Touring Fork is the 1 1/8″ Carbon Fork You’ve Been Looking For

Finding a 1-1/8″ steerer carbon fork with bosses for cargo cages, fenders, and yes, dynamo lighting is near impossible. So what are we to do with all those capable 1-1/8″ steerer frames we have that would otherwise make a great touring bike? CINQ makes one such fork, with all the above features. The Touring Fork weighs 550g, a unique “no-thread” thru-bolt eyelet system for cargo cages, fits bigger tires, utilizes internal routing, and much more!

Specs:
-Clearance for 27,5″ x 2.2″ or 28″x2.0″ (700x50mm) tires
-Great for touring and gravel applications
-“No-Thread” stainless steel thru-bolt cargo mounting system avoids damaging threads permanently mounted in the carbon
-Compatible with internal dynamo wiring for a clean setup
-Light and fender mounts
-Lightweight and strong

See more at CINQ!

These aren’t available in the US but CycleMonkey has licensed it and they make a tapered steerer version too!

Thanks to Brian for pointing this product out yesterday!