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Whisky Parts Co - No.9 Road Plus fork (2018)

Whisky has a new fork this year that looks interesting. I am wondering if anyone has tested this, or will be soon?

I currently have a No.9 TA fork from a few years ago, but the tire clearance is a bit tight even for a Conti 4K 28mm tire (measures more like 32mm). This new 2018 RD+ fork has a lot more clearance.

My No.9 is a 49mm rake, 367mm A-C. This new RD+ fork is 51mm rake, 383mm A-C. Running this diff through a trail calculator while estimating a slightly slacker headtube angle due to the 1.6cm increased A-C length, the RD+ would be slightly more trail than my 49mm rake fork, but still very much in the amount I prefer.

For max rotor size, the RD+ is rated at 160mm. The photos show the fork leg inside is fairly straight so physically it might clear a lot bigger. However Whisky says (I called their Support #) they are more concerned about torque limits and so only certify it for 160mm. In comparison, our older No.9 can accept a 203mm rotor, though I don't recall what the rated max size was.

The RD+ is rated for "Condition 2" (gravel), so it should be stronger than a plain road (Condition 1) fork. Whisky doesn't post max weight ratings, so their Support only suggests a "typical" max in the order of 300-350lbs.

No.9 RD+ | Whisky Parts Co

Steerer Type 1 1/2" Tapered
Steerer Length 350 mm
Fork Length 383 mm
Material Carbon
Rake 51 mm
Crown Race 40 mm
Axle 12 mm x 100 mm
ASTM Rating Condition 2
Brake Type 140mm Flat Mount
Max Rotor 160 mm
Fender Mounts Yes
Max Tire 700c x 38 mm or 650b x 47 mm
Weight 440 g
Part Number FK9922

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