Formula ThirtyFive 29 Fork - Review

Mar 19, 2014
by Richard Cunningham  

Formula Thirtyfive 29 fork review test 2014

Formula has been developing a modest lineup of single-crown suspension forks for over three years, and the moment has finally arrived for the renowned brake maker to release them into the marketplace. We got our hands on the ThirtyFive 29 - and as those familiar with Formula's handiwork would expect, it is beautifully constructed - with anodized aluminum "touch-me" lever and dial adjustments, a forged aluminum crown and big, 35-millimeter stanchion tubes. Inside, the fork is packed with user-friendly features like snap-on travel-adjust shims.a damping cartridge that can be removed while the fork is still on the bike, and an air-spring system that can be tuned for a more progressive spring rate simply by adding oil. ThirtyFive forks can be ordered with either 140 or 100 millimeters of travel, and to fit either 27.5 or 29-inch wheels. Color options are white or black, and the weight of our 29er test fork with an uncut steerer tube was 1760 grams. MSRP is $1250 USD.




Details:

• Purpose: Trail/AM
• 35mm hard-anodized 7000 aluminum stanchion tubes
• Magnesium lowers with post-type brake mounts
• Easily removable damping cartridge with bladder-type expansion circuit to prevent air emulsion.
• External adjustments: low-speed rebound, low-speed compression, lockout and lockout threshold
• Internal adjustments: air-spring ending-stroke rate, clip-on travel-adjustment spacers
• Air spring with "Dual Coil" two-stage coil-type negative spring
• Low friction polymeric bushings
• Tapered steerer and 15mm through-axle only
• Optional hydraulic remote lockout
• Axle-to-crown: 540mm (measured)
• Dropout offset: 44mm
• Travel: 29-inch, 120mm to 140mm
• Colors: black or white
• Weight: 1700g
• MSRP: $1250 USD
• Contact: Formula USA



Can a Brake Maker Build Suspension Forks?

I was visiting the Formula factory in Prato, Italy, where founder Andrea Becocci showed me a prototype suspension fork. Initially, I was skeptical that the project would achieve success. Formula is well equipped to engineer and build a fork. Its manufacturing facility is absolutely state-of-the-art and it is staffed with some of the sharpest minds that I have come across in the bike industry. That said, the marketplace for single-crown, mid-travel suspension forks is stuffed to the tipping point with offerings from recognized brands - which raises the question: "What motivated Formula to take on such a risky endeavor?" The answer may be simple. The people at Formula ride mountain bikes and motos, they thought they could do as good or better of a job as the top suspension makers were doing, and they were excited to give it a go. Formula is a family owned company. They have no shareholders to answer to, so they have the freedom to make any product they want, and to dedicate whatever resources are necessary to get it right. The ThirtyFive is beautiful, contemporary, expensive and Italian - there will be customers. - RC



Gold is lockout, blue is compression and an Allen key in the
center of the rubber disc sets the lockout's blow-off threshold.



Low-speed rebound damping is in the usual spot. It is effective.


Post-mounts are set for 150mm rotors. The pull-out quick-
release handle is simply a lever for screwing the axle into the fork.


Construction

Single-crown suspension forks have reached the pinnacle of their evolution, so most designs share the same basic features. Formula's ThirtyFive fork follows Fox and Rockshox, with one-piece cast-magnesium lowers, a 15-millimeter through-axle, and a hollow, forged-aluminum crown fixed to an aluminum steerer tube. Post-type caliper mounts fit six-inch rotors directly, and inside the sliders, low-friction seals and polymeric composite bushings minimize sliding friction. Formula offers only a tapered steerer tube, which is OK by us. The stanchions are beefy, 35 millimeter diameter tubes, made from hard-anodized, 7000 series aluminum alloy. Formula outsources some of the fork's components to Asia, and then mates all the bits together in its factory in Italy. Construction and finish of the ThirtyFive fork are beautifully done - but maybe you have to be Italian to fall in love with the graphics.

Damping: Formula's cartridge damper features an expansion bladder that prevents the suspension fluid from being contaminated or emulsified by air bubbles - a key performance feature shared by both the RockShox Pike and Fox Factory FIT forks - and the cartridge can be removed for service without taking the fork from the bike. High-speed rebound and compression forces are controlled by conventional shim stacks inside the cartridge, which is serviceable, but presently, Formula recommends that customers leave that job to authorized dealers and Formula tech stations.

External controls: Formula puts three important controls on the right fork crown and one below the slider. Beautifully made from color-anodized, machined aluminum, they include low-speed compression and low-speed rebound damping, lockout and lockout threshold. The blue compression dial is up top and the red rebound adjuster, below the right-side dropout. A gold lever beside the compression dial switches the fork from lockout to full open, while a 2.5-millimeter Allen key accesses the center of the black, rubberized dial to adjust the blow-off threshold for the lockout - which is a very useful tuning feature that can be used to create a very firm pedaling platform to match the shock's stiffest option. The entire upper cap can be rotated to arrange the adjustment features to suit the rider's preference.

Dual-coil negative spring: Rather than employ a lighter weight air-type negative spring, Formula chose to use a coil-type to provide a longer, smoother transition from stasis, to the full support of the air spring. A second coil-type negative spring doubles as a top-out cushion. At present, there are no plans to offer stiffer or softer negative springs, because Formula discovered that for short to medium stroke forks, one spring could handle the full range of spring pressures that the ThirtyFive is expected to see in the field.

End-stroke spring rate: Formula sets the default oil level in the air-spring chamber at 10cc's. Raising or lowering the oil level determines the end-stroke spring rate. The factory has yet to produce tuning recommendations for this, although Formula USA says that they are reconstructing their website to include a comprehensive tuning section. Formula includes suspension fluid with the fork for this purpose.

Internal travel adjustment: The ThirtyFive's travel can be reduced from 140 to 120 millimeters by pulling out the spring-piston shaft and clipping on a 10, 15 or 20-millimeter plastic spacer. Our kit had one of each size and Formula has easy to understand instructions in its owner's manual PDF to switch the spacers.

Hydraulic remote lockout option: Formula offers a handlebar
remote lever that replaces the low-speed compression and threshold dials on the fork crown. It makes sense that the lockout is hydraulically actuated, as Formula has all the necessary pieces to make a reliable system in house. The remote is reported to add 90 grams to the fork.

Tool-less through-axle: Conventional threads fix the hollow, 15-millimeter aluminum axle to the right dropout and a tapered collet ensures that the axle secures the left side. The quick-release lever functions only as a wrench handle. It is hinged to a 4-millimeter hex shaft that tightens the axle. The handle can be removed completely and stowed, or indexed and closed in a desirable position.

Formula's 15mm through-axle can be tightened with a 4mm Allen wrench or with the faux quick release handle that hinges on an Allen hex and snaps into the axle. The tapered collet on the left-side makes a direct, more secure connection with the dropout.




Ride Report

Honestly, setting up the ThirtyFive fork was as easy as it gets. We followed the air pressure suggestions in the Formula PDF file, which resulted in 20-percent sag at 60psi. We then adjusted the low-speed rebound six clicks out, to the point where we could just sense it, but waited to fool with the low-speed compression dial until we had some trail time to assess the bike's ride height. We used a Niner R.I.P. Nine as a test sled, and the 140-millimeter-stroke Formula ThirtyFive fork replaced a 130-millimeter RockShox Revelation Solo-Air model. Remarkably, even with the Formula's larger, 35-millimeter stanchion tubes, the two forks weighed the same (1740 grams with cut steerers). so there was no weight penalty in exchange for the extra travel, as well as the sigificant boost in stiffness and steering precision. When we hit the dirt, Formula's default compression setting (six clicks out) seemed about right for fast-paced technical trail work - with enough firmness to keep the fork from diving under braking and when descending steeps, while providing enough cushion to keep the front tire smoothly tracking the surface.

Steering: Formula's ThirtyFive 29 fork has an axle-to-crown length that is 25 millimeters taller than the two most popular 140-millimeter options, which slackened the Niner's head angle by a half-degree. The result was a welcome increase in straight-line stability, at the expense of a slight tendency for the front end to wander while climbing steep trails. Other than that one potential negative, the ThirtyFive performed beautifully in the bends, with a light feel at the handlebar and dependable tracking over just about any surface. Drop a foot and push the bike hard over embedded rocks and hardened ruts, and the fork will drive around the corner without a wiggle. The upgrade in torsional stiffness was such that we could sense exactly what the front tire was doing. The ThirtyFive communicates well without feeling harsh.

Bump control: We did much of the test work aboard the Niner on fast-paced, enduro style trails, packed with natural rock features and intermediate jumps. Set up to ride slightly higher than the shock, the ThirtyFive's low-speed small-bump compliance was on the rough side of comfortable, but that was partly a function of our chosen low-speed compression setting. The fork has almost no static friction, so with the spring pressure set softer and the low-speed compression backed off to a more XC/trail tune, the feel is very supple at singletrack speeds. The firmer tune that we preferred, however, was better suited for charging descents and bashing through the many rock sections in the zone. Through mid-stroke to full travel was where test riders were most impressed with the damping performance. It was progressive enough to take us beyond our comfort levels, while retaining enough bump control in reserve to cover significant square-edge impacts, bad landings or frantic line decisions.

Damping notes: By accident or by design, the damping feels speed sensitive in both compression and rebound. We are referring to damper-shaft speeds, and this is more noticeable during the rebound stroke. We originally set the rebound resistance higher than necessary after discovering that the cartridge's internal valve stack's rebound function had a very broad range. We found that we could back off the low-speed rebound dial until it seemed that there was no rebound force in the parking lot push test and the fork would still feel smooth and in control over chatter. Low-speed compression was effective to the point where, when we found the sweet spot, one or two clicks would alter the fork's ride height by a centimeter.

Lockout function: The curved, gold-anodized lever toggles the fork's lockout function, which was used mostly when we were climbing paved roads. Like most forks with a lockout option, there is an internal blow-off valve that prevents the cartridge from ballooning, or worse, should a rider launch a personal-best huck to flat with the damper's oil flow blocked off. The spring loaded blow-off valve can be tuned with a 2.5-millimeter Allen key, and when it is backed off most of the way, creates the feel of an ultra-firm pedaling platform, while allowing the fork to function in a reduced, but useful manner. We are confident that this tune is not recommended by Formula.....but.

Issues: Formula's fork rates high on the like scale, so there were very few nit-picks from test riders. The first is a nuisance, not a performance downgrade: a persistent hiss from the rebound damping circuit that occurs when the fork cycles to and past mid-stroke. We used to call it AMP-Physemia - after the more-pronounced hiss that AMP suspension forks and shocks made with every bump in the trail. The second is the fork's 44-millimeter offfset is perfect for 29er with head angles near 69 degrees, but a longer offset would be more optimal for the slacker-is-better crowd. That said, it's not a deal breaker. We doubt that any rider would notice the difference between Formula's 44, RockShox's 46, and Fox's 47 millimeter offsets. Most riders, though, could sense the jump from 44 to the 51-millimeter offset that many contemporary long-stroke 29er sliders are switching to.


Pinkbike's Take

bigquotes Formula's ThirtyFive fork arrives on the scene at the moment when it is most needed. Its larger-diameter stanchion tubes and robust lowers provide the extra rigidity that big-wheel all-mountain bikes desperately need, it is one of the lightest in its class, and its damping and steering performance are a match for the rapidly growing crowd who are choosing 29ers to battle in the more aggressive riding arenas that were once the exclusive domain of the 26er. Formula's 140-millimeter-travel ThirtyFive fork easily out-performs the RockShox Revelation it replaced, and while its stiffness and steering are a match, its small-bump compliance falls short of the Pike, which is its nearest competitor. The ThirtyFive 29 puts Formula into the performance suspension game. If the Italian manufacturer can follow through with solid customer service and produce a 160-millimeter sibling, they will soon be mixing it up with the big boys - and that's a game Formula knows how to play. - RC



77 Comments

  • 23 2
 Really nice to see another company jumping into the fork market, and with such quality too.
  • 18 23
flag bonkywonky (Mar 19, 2014 at 1:48) (Below Threshold)
 They should leave making brakes to Shimano though.
  • 18 9
 I don´t get, why people, that are riding Shimano brakes are so ignorant to other companies brakes. In my opinion, there is nothing bad about Formula brakes, they have good quality and function well.
  • 18 7
 It's not a case of being ignorant. I once wrenched at a 7 day MTB event; of all brakes that failed (sticky pistons, leaking, having to be re-bled and so on) at least 50 per cent were Formula's, with Avid a close second. I only had 4 or 5 sets of Shimano brakes that needed work and all of these were running again within 5 minutes. About 500 riders entered, lots of them with Shimano brakes so I think I have a large enough 'N' to draw that conclusion.
  • 2 1
 Yea, good to see a new product on the market.
But still, these guys of Formula have a really big balls. They enter into direct competition with the two big boys. That's unusual. They'll find it hard cannibalizing their market share and getting a slice of the cake. And if they screwed up they'll pay dearly (just ask Marzocchi). Imo, it would perhaps have been more sensible to break into the high-end market as DVO did, or into the low-end like Suntour, bringing a simpler fork.
Who knows, it's their business and I guess they know what they do better than anyone.
  • 3 0
 And referring to the comment on Shimano brakes, I only ride them because I got my SLX's really cheap and they've worked perfectly. Nothing against Formula's, but I've found something that works good for me at a price I can afford.
  • 2 0
 I have used and still use multiple pairs of formula brakes, and while I think they have a pretty good product and the function is there, customer service was always lacking. That, and when you had the brakes fail for no particular reason (poor workmanship in my case) they deny any warranty and say go screw and charge unbelievably high prices for repair parts.... I'm all set with a fork from a company like that.
  • 3 1
 Same here, top level brakes (The Ones) until I dented my frame and they stood still for about a week until I got a new one. After that they haven't been the same, one of the pistons wouldn't retract anymore, even after being fully cleaned, greased and having the seals replaced.

Now neg rep this post as well. I'd be disappointed in Pinkbike if this doesn't get to at least -10 for having an (informed) opinion.
  • 2 1
 formula brakes are top of the line when it comes to power, but the only problem they have are the spare parts ... quite hard to find, and expensive

the fork looks nice and sounds pretty good for a first try, but it uses a stupid star shaped nut for the damper cartridge (and i bet that would cost quite a pretty penny) ... so it's like dt swiss forks ... not user friendly when it comes to servicing.
  • 2 0
 True. Bos aren't the most diy-friendly either but at least their performance makes up for that, which can't be said about these DT forks.
  • 1 0
 see too many brand new Formula brakes fail this season "out of the box" on brand new bikes (and then going off for warranty), to trust their forks any more than I'd ever spend my hard earned on their brakes Frown
  • 1 0
 The OEM formulas on Specialized for 2014 are dogshit. They work for maybe 2 rides before becoming absolutely useless. Far worse than avid without a doubt.
  • 3 2
 i don't know about you guys, but I've had twice as many problems with shimano breaks, like fading or flexy rotors, than i have with avid or formula, and the only problem I've had with formulas is a guy at the shop was a rookie and screwed up the break bleed and they never worked properly after that, same situations have happens to my friends
  • 1 0
 I have to agree with Poozank when it comes to those Formula brakes that come stock on Specialized bikes. I haven't ridden them on the trails, but riding bikes at my local shop has shown me that the bleeds are inconsistent and the feel is bad, along with the fact I think the levers look terrible.
  • 2 1
 Sorry guys, couldn't hear what you were saying over the screeching of my Formula rotors.
  • 2 1
 Ok, got RX ON MY WILSON , came with the bike, super sharp, powerful, sensitive and so far great, same on my new spesh stumpy, got C1 with the bike and they are great also. Simple procedure to getting them right, bed them in properly, they work fine. I hear people complain, mine have been sound.
  • 1 0
 Never had a problem with how they work. Duh ya need to bed them in. Mine fell apart while going down hill.. if i was in a full out dh run i wouldve had NO brakes an couldve been seriously hurt. Then when contacting formula they said pound sand about a warranty. They are formula the ones.. not exactly one of their lower end brakes. Ive had rxs and never had a problem with them.
  • 23 12
 as well as it works, and its great to see upcoming fork brands making a name for themselves, the decal art is just so ugly.. is it that hard to make them look a little appealing? the whole goal of decals is to promote the brand utilizing sharp but capturing designs, while these (in my opinion) negate that completely
  • 5 9
flag jumpman2334 (Mar 18, 2014 at 21:30) (Below Threshold)
 indeed, so ugly its starting to make my fox lowers look good! Wink
  • 27 8
 The decal art is not something that would have been apparent to me while reading this. I would say who really cares how well the decal art is since you can peel it off if you don't like it, but clearly people are agreeing with you.
  • 5 5
 well, if i could peel them off, that would be a great start.. although i know some companies put the stickers under the clear (RS and X-F come to mind right now).

of course i wouldnt buy something solely on its looks, or 'decal art' as you put it, but i certainly wouldnt buy something ugly either Wink
  • 3 2
 On a positive note, the "Gold is lockout, blue is compression and an Allen key in the
center of the rubber disc sets the lockout's blow-off threshold" looks very nice to me.
  • 19 4
 Sounds like a good fork to me. Hey, if you don't like the way it looks just draw dicks all over it...
  • 3 3
 Formula is not a new name and it doesn't need to put up it's name. If you don't like the decals, peel them off.
  • 1 2
 ^^^ Still wouldn't hurt to have some nice looking graphics on there. Although I suppose the designers probably thought these looked good, so it's really down to personal opinion. Mine is the graphics look rank, but the actual fork looks extremely sweeet; lower shape, adjusters, axle and all.
  • 3 2
 @VTwintips im not saying it affects me personally that I dislike the decals, because it is obvious i can just peel them off. All I'm saying is art is a great aspect of marketing, so having a sexy looking fork obviously doesn't hurt the marketing aspect
  • 2 1
 Am I the only one who doesn't think the decals are ugly? I kinda like them.
  • 4 1
 If bike and component manufacturers are going to now expect us to pay these premium prices, then everything should be perfect and justify the price, including the f*#%ing stickers.
  • 14 0
 "Post-mounts are set for 150mm rotors." - WTF? new "enduro specific" disc standard?
  • 9 1
 I want a modular fork that can be setup as a 29, 27.5 or 26. Of course it has to have a crown kit so it can be used as DH, Enduro or XC with a sticker kit that tells everyone. Perhaps with wifi as well
  • 1 0
 you read my mind bro.
  • 8 2
 "Begs the question" doesn't mean what you think it means.
"Pinnacle of their evolution" does mean what you think it means, but you are very likely wrong.
An extra 25mm of front end height is just what 29er riders have been screaming for.
Thanks for everything.
  • 2 0
 I think he wanted "raises the question".
To be fair, very few people use the erudite version of "begs the question" particularly in journalism. It is so misused in current writing that it may be time to update the meaning.
  • 4 1
 Here's some fork stats I just looked up:

Fox 34 29 - 51mm offset*, 552.8mm AC, 140mm travel, 2040g Float, 2090g TALAS (source: service.foxracingshox.com/consumers/Content/2013_CD_user_specs.htm)
RockShox Pike 29 - 46/51mm offset, 551mm AC, 140mm (source: i.imgur.com/gsxavhx.jpg)
Cannondale Lefty Supermax - 60mm offset, 536mm** AC, 130mm, 1850g, + ~150g for steerer (source: www.bikerumor.com/2012/12/27/130mm-cannondale-lefty-super-max-29er-fork-weighed-now-shipping)

* = all 29er 34s are 51mm. Not sure where RC's 47mm comes from, as it's either 44mm for standard 32 Float 29 or 51mm
** = unofficial and unverified, add 10 to compare more directly to the others

The Revelation 120mm that might have been on the RIP9 before the Formula fork supposedly has 528mm AC and 46mm offset. Not sure where the 25mm extra height figure comes from. Is the listed Formula's "Axle-to-crown: 540mm (measured)" not correct?

Didn't bother looking up the X-Fusion Trace, White Bros/MRP Loop, Manitou Tower, Suntour, Marz, Magura, DT Swiss, GermanA, RST, or whatever other forks.

Too bad the Deville and Mattoc aren't available in 29er. Though, I'd rather spend the money on a stiff and light frame and wheelset before a high performance fork on a 29er. Though, on a smaller wheeled bike, I'd be all over the best fork and tires I could get.

I could point out the BS in RC's articles all day, but I at least get the impression that the fork is good.
  • 1 6
flag Sshredder (Mar 19, 2014 at 10:50) (Below Threshold)
 spellin and punctuashun are over rated. lets talk about bikes! k. Smile
  • 10 2
 for that price, I go with a Pike RCT3.
  • 4 0
 After owning multiple pairs of formula brakes and having them fail me on the trail, then ask formula about any warranty, have them deny warranty, then charge me 70 dollars for 4 screws and 2 barrels I'm all set. Never had anything but problems with their customer service.
  • 1 0
 Thats a bummer, im sorry to hear that.. It seems like you either have a great experience with formula, or a bad one with em.
  • 4 1
 given how unreliable my formula brakes are I would wait for a long term test before passing judgement, its easy to make a fork that feels good for a few rides but its how they feel after 6 months or a year that I'm interested in.
  • 4 0
 i remember you said they were incredible. until you touched them? ;P
  • 1 0
 well until i had to bleed the rear because it completely gave up
  • 2 0
 For that price I'll buy two Mattoc Pro,hope they hurry to transfer the qualitys of it to a 29er (i got mine for half of the price of the formula).
The Pike still outmatches the formula Performancewise.so I'd blindely choose the Pike,the Manitou equivalent or the upcoming DVO offering.if they can keep the qualities of their other forks they'll all be much better and even the DVO will be cheaper then the italian offering.so no reason for me to buy it.And yes,the decals are ugly :-p
  • 2 1
 Blindely choose? You should see if you can test ride at least one of those before you blindely choose one. Reading reviews can only get you so far.
  • 2 0
 Vengeance HLR,Deville and Mattoc are mine.Pike tested at a friends.Mattoc is on par with the BOS Deville only half of the Price and I doubt the 35 can.besides other review on mtb news says 35 is weaker in hsc anderen control of gnarly terrain than the Pike.
thus I doubt the 35 is worth the 1200 Dollars ;-)
  • 1 0
 If it weren't for the price tag I would have gone with this fork on my Solo and the ThirtyThree on my Black Market. They both feel so buttery smooth and the adjustments are so intuitive. Maybe some day Formula Italy will figure out that very few people are willing to pay over $1000 for a single crown fork, even if it's the nicest one out there.
  • 1 0
 I have a Formula 35 in 650B trim that I picked up to replace my BOS Deville. Very impressed with the fork so far. Very light weight, stiff and good adjustability. And I paid well under $1000 US for mine so it was a good deal. Also very easy to tear down and perform a basic service which is a plus.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a solid option for sure, with some really nice features.
Adjustability: Seems like they took a very smart approach to what adjustments can be made, including the external blow-off threshold, and easily tunable progressiveness via change in oil volume.
Very low air pressures probably going along way to contribute to the small bump sensitivity. They said they went with only 60 psi! That’s awesome because it also means you could add/remove air with a regular bike pump that can be threaded onto a schrader. That could be very helpful for emergencies.
Can pull out the cartridge without removing the fork.
Also looks like there is plenty of clearance for bigger rubber and muddy conditions.
Can adjust the travel from 120-140 with the included spacers. This is awesome and will suit a lot of bikes as is, but I think they missed the boat on the selected range of travel available. IMO they should have gone with 130-150, or 140-160.
They did mention that you can order it in either 100mm or 140mm versions, but does not mention if the 100mm version has adjustable travel, and if so, in which direction. 80-100 or 100-120? It would make more sense as 100-120, as they would all complement each other if they add a 140-160 model down the road.
I honestly did not even look at the decals when reading the article and could really care less what they look like, but only that is was white and did not read any mention of other options. If they offer it in black then I'm happy with that.

All that considered it’s a definite contender with RS and Fox, but I am still very excited to see what DVO comes up with when/if they release a 29er fork.
  • 1 0
 Dohh. Just read at the very top, color options are white or black. That solves that issue.
  • 2 0
 These fork reviews don't mean jack s*&t until a proper head to head comparison is made, just like they do in the car mags, moto mags, etc. Downside is someone walks away the loser, and that pisses off the adverts. Lets face it, thats what everyone would like to see, so how about it? And sometime this year please.
  • 2 0
 I have it. It's the best handling fork I have ever ridden. Super easy to change travel. try changing travel on a pike that's not dual position.
  • 8 5
 $1250 Hahahahahahahaha good luck selling those
  • 8 5
 Enduro
  • 1 0
 That's just the MSRP. It's not going to be that expensive on the open market. MSRP on a Pike or Fox 34 is about 1200...
  • 2 1
 Yeah but RS Pikes and Fox's 34 are at least proven with years and years of development and real world use. Never buy a first gen. anything I.M.E.
  • 1 0
 @rickyretardo This is not Formula's first foray into the suspension market. In fact they've been making high end suspension forks for years. They've just never had a very good US presence.
  • 1 0
 CRC had the 33 120mm for $800 or so. Was thinking about it for my ASR5c at one point in time.

Was looking forward to this at one point in time, due to the hype of their spring rate tuning and weight target. Then the Pike came out... then I realized I didn't really care for a fork upgrade, due to the price.
  • 2 1
 Thank you Pinkbike for putting a comparison in your the 'pinkbike's take' makes the test better knowing how a product stacks up against its competition.
  • 1 0
 Good in theory. In reality, who knows what the testers experiences are, if they're comparing forks they're used to to forks they're not, broken in forks to new, affiliations with either brand, riding ideals suiting a particular fork, etc, etc.
  • 3 1
 Either way, I trust their opinion... who else out there gets to ride pretty much every piece of kit available for mtbs? Even if they're more used to one fork or another, they have WAY better insight into the product landscape than I ever will.
  • 1 0
 I'd rock it.
Might get a 27" one for new bike. Already have a Pike, not buying the hype, maybe mine are duds or just don't suit me.
  • 1 1
 There's no point these days for companies to develop new products for 29" wheels. That market is rapidly declining, time to focus more attention on the 650b market, and of course the forever standard which is 26er.
  • 1 0
 Stickers... you guys make me laugh... why not just peel them off and put a fox sticker or something and tell everyone you have a custom "rad" fork or something..
  • 1 0
 "put a fox sticker [on]"...ha, now you make me laugh.
  • 3 2
 Funny that the bike they used to test it didn't even have Formula Brakes on it...
  • 8 0
 not every bike with boxxers has avids on them Wink
  • 1 0
 Can i get a definition of "Enduro Style Trails"...I don't think we have those in southern Ontario.
  • 1 0
 sounds like an over-priced sr suntour fork.....but this one is "expensive and italian". whatever that means....
  • 1 0
 ha ah ha they can't make a good break....time to make low end garbage forks????
  • 1 0
 What is that red ring going around the disc break bolts?
  • 1 0
 It's a disc reinforcing ring from American Classic.
Here's the description from their website:
"There is a problem with some disc rotors on the market. The rotors are cut out in the bolt area and do not have a reinforced center to properly support the international 6 bolt mounting system. The cut out rotors are weak at the bolts and result in failures. Bill Shook engineered the disc reinforcing ring to support the 6 mounting positions, effectively tying them together to work as a unit. Can be used on other hub brands. An ingenious technical solution to improve your riding. When you see the red disc reinforcing ring, you know it’s AC. (patent applied)"

www.amclassic.com/en/products/components/disc-reinforcing-ring
  • 1 0
 Very interesting! A functional and attractive upgrade thats for sure. Thanks for the through response!
  • 1 1
 I only read Enduro once in that entire article
  • 2 4
 The lowere, brace look like fox knock-off
  • 1 0
 It does with the three "fingers" branching out.
  • 2 4
 Looks like a manitou.
  • 4 4
 with comic sans decals hehe
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