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Old 07-13-19, 02:55 PM
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In search of a fork

I'd like to replace the fork I currently have, and while I'm at it, update to a few new standards. What I'm looking for is:

  • Carbon fiber, preferably ALL carbon (steering tube included)
  • Relatively strong (no rack, but I'll have a light touring load)
  • 1 1/8" steering tube (not tapered)
  • ~400 mm crown-to-axle length
  • Clearance for up to ~40 mm tires
  • Boost spacing (110 mm hub width)
  • Mounts for bottle cages
  • Disc brake mount
  • Thru-axle (12 or 15 mm, don't care)
It's hard to do a general search to see if this fork exists at all. Anyone know of one that matches the description? It's a combo of old and new standards, so I haven't been able to find one.

Alternatively, if there's a cromoly fork that checks all these boxes, I might go that direction.

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Closest thing I see is the Soma fork designed for the Wolverine.

No water bottle mounts though and an aluminum steerer.

https://www.somafab.com/archives/pro...el-carbon-fork
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Old 07-13-19, 04:40 PM
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I hope you're not considering the through axle and 110mm spacing as new standards, and are depending on them being a "standard" for a long. This sort of stuff seems to be constantly changing now that we live in a profit driven corporate world. I'm sure it'll be a 1 1/2" headtube, 20mm axle, and 125mm spacing in a few years.

I think the best bet for finding what you want will be to start with a search for all carbon forks with a 400mm axle to crown length. Then spend hours digging and wading through until you find the one that suits your preferences best.
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Bikepacking.com has a list of utility forks.
https://bikepacking.com/index/forks-...e-cage-mounts/

I know of the Niner Boost RDO MTB fork. I'm not sure about axle to crown distance but you could give Niner a call @ 877-646-3792. I think this fork is on the list noted above.
https://ninerbikes.com/collections/c...t-rdo-mtb-fork

Also try Carver.
http://carverbikes.com/parts/forks/


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Edit: Axle to crown is 400 on the Niner fork.

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Do not forget fork rake or offset, that is associated with handling.

And it is probably simpler to order a new fork crown headset race when you order the fork, if you find one.
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Spork 1.2 or 2.0. Rodeo Labs.

Might fit the bill

https://www.rodeo-labs.com/rodeo-spork-2-0/

But i am worried that the steering tube isn't what you want.

Enve Road forks?
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
I hope you're not considering the through axle and 110mm spacing as new standards, and are depending on them being a "standard" for a long. This sort of stuff seems to be constantly changing now that we live in a profit driven corporate world.
It's more "I'm replacing it anyway, I might as well update it as well."

A lot of the new standards I'd like to have, they appear to come with few drawbacks, at least from a touring perspective. Thru-axles and boost spacing, from what I understand, make your wheels stronger with minimal weight penalty. Sounds like a good deal.

The old standards I'm keeping (like 1 1/8" steering tube instead of tapered) have to do with compatibility with my current bike.
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