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

Old 01-19-18, 12:40 PM
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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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Old 01-11-19, 01:57 PM
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I'm trying to pick a fork and I was wondering if anyone had an update on this fork to share?
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We have a Whisky #9 CX on our Granite Tandem Design, and after about 3000 miles it's been fine. It's pretty similar to the new #9 RD, except it takes wider tires, different rake and length, and 10g heavier.
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Originally Posted by EthanBixby View Post
We have a Whisky #9 CX on our Granite Tandem Design, and after about 3000 miles it's been fine. It's pretty similar to the new #9 RD, except it takes wider tires, different rake and length, and 10g heavier.
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what rotor size are you using with that fork? Also, what brakes?
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You might also want to consider the CoLab cross fork. It has been designed and tested for tandem loads. Just had a bike built with one. With the 700c x 38mm Panaracer Gravel King's (40mm wide measured) there's still plenty of clearance even for mud guards. It can run a 180mm rotor with an adaptor - plenty big with hydraulic calipers.
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Originally Posted by tkramer View Post
You might also want to consider the CoLab cross fork. It has been designed and tested for tandem loads. Just had a bike built with one. With the 700c x 38mm Panaracer Gravel King's (40mm wide measured) there's still plenty of clearance even for mud guards. It can run a 180mm rotor with an adaptor - plenty big with hydraulic calipers.
Looks very interesting. Can you share some photos please. The one on their website does not have much detail.
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Originally Posted by colotandem View Post


what rotor size are you using with that fork? Also, what brakes?
We are running a 183mm rotor, originally a Hope. But the rivets interfered ever so slightly with the Sram eTap hydraulic brakes, so we have swaped out to a Sram rotor. I am considering trying a DP floating rotor soon.
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Originally Posted by bikeinxs View Post
Looks very interesting. Can you share some photos please. The one on their website does not have much detail.


CoLab fork clearance with Panaracer GravelKing 700 x 38 tires.


Nearly 12mm clearance at the sidewalls.


180mm rotor with dog bone adapter.


Routing for Dyno hub.
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