As tech innovates and keeps up with various MTB wheel sizes, so too does the array of forks available to dealers. BikeBiz takes a look at some choice offerings…
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RockShox offers what it says is the most adjustable suspension on the market. The eyecatching Pike relaunch – Pike DJ – is the most recent of its highly praised forks, featuring classic Pike features but cleared for bigger take offs. Fisher has high hopes for the popular brand in the year ahead and has an IBD-supporting margin support programme which enables dealers to price match online retailers from the UK and EU and still make a margin. Contact Fisher to find out more.
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The BOS Dizzy is a new performance platform in 29-inch (in 120 or 140mm) or 650B (in 100 or 120mm). Weighing just 1580g thanks in part to a closed cartridge, it’s adjustable to soft, medium and hard. The hydraulic system setting not only acts on low speeds, but offers three combinations of low and high speed curves. It features 32mm diameter stanchions and has a new UK RRP of £750. Fresh tech from BOS includes the Frequency Control Valve (FCV), which act as a second damper inside the fork.
Suntour’s Rux fork has seen World Cup level action thanks to the Gates Nicolai racing team. With 38mm stanchions, it offers eight inches of plush travel that can be reduced to seven inches. Add to that a volume adjustable air chamber and a cartridge damper which is removable for tuning or servicing. Available in black and white at £829.99 RRP, the Rux tops the scales at a slender 6lbs 5oz. For more information from the magnesium, carbon and alloy moulding tech specialist, dealers should contact Moore Large via the email above or through their area managers.
DVO Suspension and Formula forks are available through the distributor. The new DVO Diamond fork joins a strong line up including the DVO Emerald downhill fork and Jade coil shock. The DVO Diamond packs all the performance of a DH fork into a 140-160mm trail fork. The 35mm stanchions, an industry- first compression bladder cartridge, dynamic tunability and ‘off the top’ (OTT) adjustable negative spring make this the ultimate trail and enduro race fork, the brand says. The DVO Diamond is available in green and black, SRP is £799.
Columbus has provided tubes to a diverse range of sectors, from furniture makers to the aviation industry. The brand’s Grammy Carbon Fork is a high-performance racing fork, pitched as having an impeccable stiffness- to-weight ratio, providing accurate steering and offered sublime handling. With a tapered steerer, 43mm rake and weighing at only 290g, the Grammy is a fine Italian upgrade for any race bike. OE rates are available, contact the sales office on the number above or speak to an account manager.
The X-Fusion SWEEP 27.5” Roughcut (£554.99) offers the established 160mm travel Sweep fork with 34mm chassis now with X-Fusion’s new ultra-tuneable Roughcut damper. Roughcut offers a full range of low speed and high speed compression adjustment from easy access top-leg controls, ideal for Enduro and serious trail riders. Rough Cut also comes in the 29” Trace and 26” Slant models. TRP has expanded into forks with the full carbon CX/Gravel fork (£379.99) specifically designed around the disc brake. Features include internal cable routing, lower post mount to one-piece alloy to axle, 40mm tyre clearance, 450g weight, 15mm DT Swiss Thru-Axle included.
Magura’s TS8 eLECT suspension forks use the electronically controlled eLECT lockout – locking the fork automatically depending on the riding situation – yet the entire system is 19g lighter than the mechanical DLO². In auto mode the 3D acceleration sensor registers gradients and shocks with its free-fall and motion detection. In manual mode the lockout function is controlled using the wireless remote which can be mounted to any Magura MT brake lever or with a handlebar clamp. You get 40 hours in auto or 60 in manual. The eLECT cartridge is suitable for retrofitting for Magura forks since 2010 and is available for 27.5” and 29” wheel sizes. The forks are super stiff 32 mm stanchions.
MRP forks' stage fork travels from 140-170mm in 26 or 27.5 and 120-150mm of travel for the 29" model, so there's plenty of choice. Internally adjustable at 10mm travel increments, 34mm stanchions, the QtapeR 15mm axle, and a robust cast magnesium lower with oversize arch keep the Stage on track in any situation. The Stage offers more external tuning than competing forks, Ison says, including an eight-position compression adjustment, 16 click rebound and the revolutionary new Ramp Control feature. The Ramp Control feature allows the user to adjust, on the fly, the desired ending stroke curve of the air spring. Dial in the Ramp Control to retain the Stage's supple small bump compliance but get a progressive, big-hit feel or dial it out for a more linear stroke, independent of sag and ride-height.
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