First Look: Intend's New Inverted Fork Uses One and a Half Crowns

Dec 9, 2020
by Mike Levy  
Intend Bandit

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. And no, it wasn't assembled incorrectly. Intend's new Bandit fork uses a dual crown leg on the right side and a single crown leg on the left, but the idea isn't to add torsional rigidity to the inverted design, even if that is one of the byproducts of the rather strange looking layout. Intend's Cornelius Kapfinger, the brains behind this one-man German suspension outfit, says that the longer right leg (with its two crowns) is where you'll find an absolutely massive negative air chamber that makes the Bandit "The most sensitive fork worldwide.''

The Bandit can be had with as much as 190mm of travel and as little as 150mm, with either a 15mm or 20mm thru-axle and Boost or non-Boost spacing, and for both 29" and 27.5" wheels. Kapfinger says that it'll only be available for a limited time for 1,999€ incl VAT.

Details

• Intended use: Enduro, downhill
• Travel: 190mm, 180mm, 170mm, 160mm, 150mm
• Wheel size: 29"
• Spring: Air w/ large negative chamber
• Uses damper, internals from Infinity DH fork
• All-new chassis
• Offset: 44mm
• Weight: 2,390-grams
• MSRP: 1,999€ (incl VAT)
• More info: www.intend-bc.com
Intend Bandit

The Bandit looks strange on the outside, but what's going on inside that right fork leg?

Kapfinger explained that he was inspired by Vorsprung's Secus bolt-on negative air chamber that, ugh, creates a larger negative air chamber to help the fork into its stroke. In other words, the larger the negative chamber, the more active the fork will presumably be. ''But what if you want more,'' Kapfinger says. ''What is currently missing is the suspension fork that contracts almost by itself when you just touch it. As if someone pulled from the inside when touched lightly.''


Intend Bandit Fork
The Bandit on the front of Tom Hoinkis' Crossworx enduro race bike. Quite the looker if you ask me.


Kapfinger wanted to go farther. Way farther. And to do that, he extended the fork leg all the way up to create a massive negative air-spring chamber that provides an equally massive adjustment range.

The longer leg and second half-crown also add rigidity to the headtube area and disc-side of the fork, he said, while also offering a whopping 300mm of bushing support compared to the 190mm found on his 29er enduro fork. With the two bushings so far apart, Kapfinger added a third in the middle for even more support and to limit the chance binding. Damping comes from the same cartridge Intend employs in their Infinity downhill fork.


Intend Bandit Fork
For when two crowns are too many but one isn't enough.


Kapfinger is well aware that the Bandit is a niche product made by a niche manufacturer: ''It is clear, however, that integrating this part normally into the product line makes no sense. It's so special that only the freaks of the freaks will be interested here.'' Yup, I'll take one of these and a Hover shock, thank you very much.

So, are you the kinda freak that's interested in what Intend has cooked up? Or is the Bandit just too strange for you to consider?


354 Comments

  • 883 23
 Pinkbike comment section every day: Bicycle brands suck for just taking baby steps, with just minor improvements for every new model.
Pinkbike comment section when someone actually makes a big change to something: This is weird, I don't care that I haven't tried it and don't actually know if it's great - please give me back my security blanket and the small baby steps I'm comfortable with.
  • 47 357
flag johannensc (Dec 8, 2020 at 17:42) (Below Threshold)
 So even Pinkbike has SJW’s now.... smh
  • 155 8
 Fuck baby steps. Im ready to see single sided rear triangles and forks like this or just Leftys. As someone who craves innovation, this makes me salivate some.
  • 109 3
 Pinkbike comment section on Dangerholm articles with thighs: I'm so insecure in my masculinity that I am starting a crusade against those shorts.

Pinkbike comment section on Dangerholm articles without thighs: where are the epic specimens... like how can they even be contained!?
  • 26 3
 LOL so true! I love innovation and this fork looks gorgeous!!!! Craig at Avalanche Downhill Racing is doing his thing as well... he's in process of installing his open bath cartridge and his new air RAMP system to my fox 38.... Can't wait!!!

avalanchedownhillracing.com/Cartridge%20Kit/RAMP.htm
  • 9 1
 @chillrider199: same here, I love unique designs. Would love to try this. Hopefully there's a review sometime soon.
  • 10 5
 This is the proof that Aliens have never visited us. I mean, would you go visit a crack house?
  • 20 8
 You say that like it’s a bad thing. @johannensc:
  • 14 1
 I dont think Ive seen too mcuh complaint about "baby steps", it's more been about change for the sake of change ie BB standards/hubstandards etc.

Also these are mountain bikes. Its not that big bro.
  • 30 0
 I mean, honestly, the way it works is:

10 % of people: Bicycle brands suck for just taking baby steps, with just minor improvements for every new model.

a largely different 10% of people when when someone actually makes a big change to something: This is weird, I don't care that I haven't tried it and don't actually know if it's great - please give me back my security blanket and the small baby steps I'm comfortable with.

The other 80% of people: "man, all these commenters are real hypocrites."
  • 15 2
 I actually think this is really cool. But I am curious to know why not just have the right slider go all the way up too and benefit from the extra torsional structure?
  • 14 0
 @Chuckolicious: This is proof that Aliens DID visit, but all they learned is that we suck. Then, Cornelius found blueprints from their "Earth Rover," and realized their negative chamber was too small.
  • 14 0
 @protwurst: No, there are only two people on the internet, me and the other dude that contradicts himself all the time. It's obvious if you think about it.
  • 13 2
 Waki, is that you?
  • 10 2
 Great to have you back, WAKI.
  • 9 5
 Nah, actually the top comment ends up to be from the person anticipating some type of comment which actually doesn't even materialize. No one here complains about Intend trying something. The ball is now back at the bicycle manufacturers. Back in the days anything over 5" of travel was dual crown so the frames were certified to be compatible. Manitou introduced onepointfive and single crown forks went up to full totempole. And with that, anything that wasn't a strict DH bike wasn't necessarily compatible with a dual crown fork (with more than enough exceptions of course). But unless you really need to spin your forks around, dual crown just makes a lot of sense for most mountainbikes just like tru-axles make sense for most mountainbikes. Frame manufacturers just need to give the green light and then it will surely take off.
  • 2 0
 This looks so bizarre. And I love it so much! The form is great, but I'm not sure about the function. Inverted forks, torsional stiffness is often an issue. But I'd still love to try this. I wonder if he will make a regular non inverted fork with a crown and a half like this one? Might be just the thing for a world weary of creaky CSUs.
  • 2 0
 @diggerandrider: Yeah, the first thing I thought when I saw this article was both Avalanche and Vorsprung are increasing air volume so this guy's on to something. Not to help you hijack this thread some more but Avy stuff is killer, I run their dampers on both my bikes. Recently put the hybrid coil set up in my Liryk and it's rad.
  • 2 1
 Except Vorsprung have brought this idea to the masses with a $90 Luftkappe.
  • 3 4
 @chillrider199: Except this isn't really that "innovative". Making something prohibitively expensive based on existing technology isn't innovation. The innovative part would be making this mass-producible and affordable.
  • 4 0
 @diggerandrider: avalanche stuff is so good I was blown away by how good the open bath kit transformed the mrp ribbon. After one ride i immediately ordered one for my other bikes lyrik along with a chubie . Much excite
  • 2 1
 in fairness to commenters it's not as simple as you lay it out. Major change != major improvement. The question is does this major change deliver? or is this still just a minor improvment, aka the worst of both worlds?
  • 1 0
 “Sinublefty”
  • 1 0
 @alexsin:
Probable for weight savings.
  • 3 4
 @johannensc: take your sadness elsewhere
  • 2 0
 @plyawn: Typically, you can get minor improvement when you further refine an existing concept but the potential for bigger improvements becomes less. When you try something completely new, initial improvement may be little or it may even be worse than what's already available. But the potential for bigger improvement may be bigger eventually. So that's the deal with early adopters. We can we happy they splash on the latest and greatest so that the manufacturers can use the feedback and failures to improve upon the technology in their next incarnation. That's for instance why Shimano Deore XT is often found to perform better than XTR. They try their latest stuff/tech on XTR, get the feedback from the racers and implement it in the latest XT groupset.

I personally love to stay on the tail end of technological progress until I feel things have settled and/or they have something I'm happy with. But getting something that isn't quite yet what you're looking for and/or unproven is what we need the early adopters for. And for our entertainment of course.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: aka Trust Performance
  • 2 0
 @vinay: I find the steering limitation unacceptable. On a pure DH bike it’s probably fine, but not a more general purpose MTB.
  • 3 0
 @MaplePanda: have you ridden a Cannondale Lefty? While it does limit the bars from turning as far, in practice, you'll never turn the bars that far unless you riding BMX or crashing down a hill....
  • 1 0
 @RadBartTaylor: haven't tried a lefty, but I have ridden my friend's dual crown DH bike. Slow speed maneuvers like tracks stands hit the limiter quite frequently. I'm not very fast and I'm quite lightweight, so a dual crown is unnecessary for me anyways.
  • 3 0
 Considering how supple the intend forks already are, how supple must this beast be... Looks interesting and well thought out of the box, I like it. Sorry Cornelius but my bank just told me that I will need to sell my kidney.
  • 1 0
 @bicyclerider what bike will you put it on
  • 2 0
 @MaplePanda: Maybe your trackstand technique is different but I don't quite need to rotate the bars that much when doing trackstands. Typically about 30 to 45 deg or so. You kind of roll back and forth between a small push on the pedal and a bounce back after hitting a brake. If you rotate the bars further you lose this option to balance the bike and instead end up trying to balance over a locked bike. It may work for you but I've never seen anyone try that approach and be successful at it.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: It’s been a while, I would have to try again to verify. Maybe it was just the unfamiliar bike which screwed with my balance or something.
  • 3 0
 It's almost like, different people have different opinions
  • 1 0
 @MaplePanda: I come from a trials background and generally bars/wheel are probably at about a 45 degree angle, I don't think it's an issue....
  • 208 2
 Is there an option to switch the dual crown to the other side? I turn better to the left and need that extra turning radius!
  • 50 22
 wait a second, is that really you. HE IS HERE AMONG US MORTALS
  • 6 0
 New sponsor? (It would be sick to see some top EWS folks on wacky suspension)
  • 47 0
 @Gamertebo: shhhh, you're gonna scare him off.
  • 12 0
 The one thing @JesseMelamed and I have common - turning left better than right. Though.. I am sure that he can corner backwards, on a unicycle, faster than I can going either direction.
  • 2 0
 @Jcmonty: sounds like pinkbike produced video content too me
  • 22 3
 @bonkmasterflex: this is definitely within the whacky limits for me. I love the look of the Intend stuff and I'm sure it works really well, but I am pretty damn happy with Fox. They quietly improve year over year and I am always impressed.
  • 9 0
 @Gamertebo: It really is.
  • 10 0
 @JesseMelamed: Yoann and Jesse are probably the two most active professionals on here, I'd say. Correct me if I'm wrong fellow mortals?
  • 1 1
 @JesseMelamed: why mess with success? Hopefully someone tries it out though... such a cool idea.
  • 5 0
 Business on the left, party on the right
  • 6 0
 I am not an ambi-turner.
  • 1 0
 It actually looks pretty cool.
  • 178 2
 ''What is currently missing is the suspension fork that contracts almost by itself when you just touch it. As if someone pulled from the inside when touched lightly.''

Who hurt you Cornelius?
  • 6 1
 GOLD ^^^
  • 53 0
 Ahhh, finally an awkward, inverted fork for awkward, introverts. I've found a home...
  • 3 5
 Luftkappe does this.
  • 2 0
 DVO’s OTT does this. Really well actually.
  • 119 13
 Ok so just f*ck left turns then Smile
  • 238 4
 I'm hoping Cornelius makes a NASCAR edition with the dual crown portion on the right side.
  • 7 0
 Turnbars can fark right off too!
  • 21 5
 @mikekazimer: ayo I got sum big fuggin nutz
  • 22 0
 @mikekazimer: the “Ricky Bobby”edition
  • 2 2
 My eyes are playing tricks on me, looks like it was assembled incorrectly Oh, wait.
  • 5 1
 I believe 70-95% of people are right handed and they come up with a "Lefty" fork...lol
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: f*cking gold
  • 1 0
 x-up opposite
  • 4 0
 Bigger question, what way do you do your x-ups?
  • 4 0
 @mikekazimer: ONLY ... If endorsed by Dick Trickle and the Hamms Beer bear (I'll see myself out)...
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: Naw, its just old school NASCAR on dirt, gotta turn right to go left!
  • 2 0
 Can only be riddon with Days of Thunder
  • 1 0
 Just hard lefts
  • 2 0
 “Hey your missing 1/4 of your fork”
  • 11 0
 I'm not an ambi-turner
  • 4 0
 @chize: are you a merman?
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: Keepin´prorities STRAIGHT... you get the point RIGHT?
  • 2 0
 @RowdyAirTime: My left hand is the one I use for riding one handed, even as a righty.
  • 1 0
 @jesse-effing-edwards: True, so do I. Hey, both hands on the wheel and keep the shiny side up, at least on the landings...
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: You read my mind.
  • 3 0
 @mikekazimer: the entire article talks about how the dual crown portion is on the right side, but it doesn't make sense to me. it is on the left side of the bike. it was bugging me so much reading the article.
  • 3 0
 @mikekazimer: Forget the Fork, can you guys do a review on the bike, the new Crossworx Dash 29, that is the coolest bike ever. I cant find a review on the internet anywhere for it.
  • 105 8
 Cannondale called. They want, uh... half of their fork idea back? Wait no, they don't want it back. They said keep it, and good luck.
  • 32 0
 It's your problem now.
  • 8 5
 Hard pass. Gives me flashbacks to the hellscape that was my old supermax lefty.
  • 5 0
 The half that Cannondale gets back is their lefty specific hubs.
  • 7 0
 I was hoping someone would come out with a righty so I could combine with a lefty and make a whole crazy super fork.
  • 2 0
 If Cannondale can give us a Lefty that uses a normal hub and actually has its damper figured out, I’ll be very interested. The Ocho is getting closer.
  • 5 0
 @PHeller: There a quite a few Lefty hub options available from quality component makers like DT. Plus all it needs to do is spin, it's not a critical mechanical piece like a rear hub and freehub.
  • 2 0
 @dthomp325: no I mean a normal hub like those that exist in multiples in my garage. I’m a cheapskate and move wheels between bikes.
  • 80 2
 I don't care if it works good, it looks cool AF....I want one
  • 73 1
 Same here. Well, I do care if it works good, but Cornelius knows what he's doing.
  • 16 0
 @mikekazimer: sneaky html title...."downduro"....well played Smile
  • 26 0
 Speaking of looking cool AF, that yellow Crossworx!!
  • 2 0
 @deadbeat: for sure - had to go look those up, can get it with the Intend shock....sweet setup...
  • 2 0
 I have a feeling it works real good
  • 6 1
 I would not want it simply because no fork guards on the lowers. I hit enough forks down there and if they had the USD design they would be gone..
  • 3 0
 @Serpentras: Unfortunately the boss just tells you to buy new stanchions if that happens. He did say they were cheaper than other brands parts but i'd rather have scratched guards instead of needing to replace legs.
Hence the Dorado.
  • 2 0
 @Shiny-side-up: yeah and if you ride hard behind some capable rider some times they rip a big enough stone out and hit your lowers. That is not that often but it happens and it sucks if you must stop riding to not damage more internals...
  • 3 0
 With the amount of scratches on my lowers and inverted fork is definitely out of the question. Otherwise it is a good looking unit.
  • 2 0
 @chriskneeland: I always like the idea of inverted forks, but I dumped my new bike about 10 days into the relationship and scraped the fork and downtube across a big ugly rock face. Gouges in both, the first scratches are the most painful then the rest are just honor badges... but an inverted fork would have been toast, and it would have been at the very least a confidence shaker if it was a carbon frame.
  • 54 1
 @mikelevy this is what you get for asking people to be more crazy with bike design in that recent podcast. Happy now??
  • 122 1
 Very much Smile
  • 13 0
 I think this is “good amount” of crazy,... i DO like it!
  • 4 0
 @mikelevy: We need to see this thing on the next Grim Donut!!!
  • 31 1
 Why you gotta be so negative all the time?
  • 7 0
 Cornelius: YES!
  • 32 4
 Wierd? Yes.
Out of the box thinking? Absolutely.

Effing brilliant.
  • 6 3
 Why not go whole hulk and build a fork that is 95% negative air spring, and when you hit a bump the fork pushes itself out of full bottom, and really massive compressions send the fork to full extension?
  • 2 1
 I mean, bike companies will of course have to drastically change geometry to make it rideable.... but who cares, non boost boost super boost
  • 3 0
 I mean, he could have just made a dual crown
  • 23 2
 go home Lefty, youre drunk
  • 5 0
 This is what you get when Lefty and Fox40 have baby
  • 1 0
 @Spiral23: I'd say a lefty and a 38, no single crown with lefty/40
  • 21 1
 When your trail choice is the same as the mnemonic: Lefty-loosey, righty-tighty.
  • 2 0
 So it's easy to work on then?
  • 20 0
 Pardon me, but isn't the longer leg on the left side (from the rider's perspective)? That's where the brake mount is...
  • 4 0
 Good catch - you are totally right!
  • 5 0
 Glad I'm not the only one who saw that... someone at pinkbike doesn't know their right from left...
  • 1 0
 I thought so too...
  • 15 0
 Third bushing is a stupid idea ! Been tried by KTM / WP on their 2003 and 2004 inverted forks and returned to 2 bishing ever after. It creates some additional binding and all sensitivity goes out the window especially on landing of front end slap. Universally agreed that those are the worst forks ever produced by WP and the fact that they reversed to 2 bushing design since and that all others all stayed at 2 bushimg should give you a hint. Anyway good luck with that. Rest of the concept seems cool tho.
  • 5 0
 Suspension specialist here in Cape Town removed those third mid bushings from many WP forks. Owners complained bitterly...
  • 5 1
 Given his recent FB post about not allowing publications to test his products anymore due to poor reviews, you might not be totally off base.

I like that he's challenging conventional wisdom, but he also seems to be refusing to learn from others mistakes. This must be what it was like to watch suspension be developed in the 90's. I am currently waiting for him to release an elastomer fork with replaceable single crown.
  • 2 0
 @cvewahl: did they complain before or after they removed the third bushing?
  • 4 0
 Before. Haha, seems my statement was ambiguous. After the third bushing removal the forks performed well from what I understand. @Balgaroth may know if the update to the 2005 version was only a bushing removal. I also recall complaints of binding (loosing sensitivity / becoming harsh) while cornering aggressively, similar to what @Balgaroth described as front end slap.
What the suspension guru explained, is that the stanchion bends while leaned over (or any event that increases the deflection of the fork) and the middle portion then interferes with the middle bushing due to this bend, resulting in the binding.
  • 2 0
 @cvewahl: that's how I understand it too, it was particularly sensible when going huck to flat or front slam, so all occurrences where tubes rigidity and deflection comes to the party. I believe the third bushing layout used 2 narrow bushings and the later forks went with a single wider bushing. A DIY solution was to swap the middle bushing spacer with that said bushing so you would have a double bushing at the normal spot and was solving the issue. I simply changed fork for a 08 model.
  • 4 0
 A third bushing means three 'bearing' supports or triple guidance. Which is a known no-no in engineering... Precisely due to over-definition of the system, causing binding in the real world. Unless you have additional clearance between parts, but then there is no advantage in the third bushing.
  • 2 0
 @Primoz: Add to that that forks are already over-constrained by having two legs with two bushings each fixed at the crown, axle, and arch (not applicable for USD forks). That was one of the worst crimes of 15QR to me; not only was it too close to 20mm but it didn't have a stepped axle to deal with hub width tolerance. Fox finally addressed it with their latest ingenious axle system.
  • 2 0
 @FatSanch: Ah, the overconstraindnedness is the left-right. Yeah, that's also an issue, was it DVO that said that a pass on their check is if the legs can slide down the sliders under their own weight, otherwise the parallelness and/or concentricity of the components is not OK?

And yeah, took a while, but FOX finally did it in that regard. Strangley, it's the first fork to do so, at all. Not even DH forks handled that previously.
  • 1 0
 @Primoz: IIRC, the original Maxle would account for that, but I never used it so not sure if it had other issues. Fox 20mm axles have always been stepped like a motorcycle to account for it. I believe some others too (BOS comes to mind). Not sure why most ignored it with 15qr.
  • 1 0
 @FatSanch: since 15 was to please weight weenies, I can see why they skipped on engineering and actual performance to save the additionnal 5g that a step could have cost. Joes are more interested of the weight of their forks and how many dials it have rather than how well it performs, that's the sad truth.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, the 20 mm old school Maxle did in fact have a step in it. Never thought that it could be there to preload the hub towards the left fork lower. But it had to have done that as it split open on both sides as well, wedging itself into the dropout hole. Though there's a question of how tight you could make that interface with only a wedged quick release lever as opposed to pinch bolts...
  • 17 1
 Can we please go back to 20 mil front axle for everything???
  • 2 0
 buy a formula fork then?
  • 11 0
 If I'm gonna pay that much money, I want two whole crowns.
  • 3 1
 Agreed. If you're going to go dual crown don't half-a$$ it, do it with conviction and fully commit.
  • 10 0
 @mikelevy I think you've got your lefts and rights mixed up in the article.
  • 12 2
 No sale. I only x-up to the left.
  • 5 0
 I would try to integrate the extra chamber into the lower crown you could even have the chamber stick out the front of the middle of the crown like a front fender or....have it go up in the middle to the upper crown so you can turn sharp either direction.
  • 3 0
 But that wouldn't be nearly as controversial looking. How are you gonna get asked 300x about it if it doesn’t look like an abomination?
  • 4 0
 It does raise the question of the uncontrolled pressure build up in the fork and whether the current crop of forks are addressing the ratios of positive chamber / negative chamber / outer fork leg volumes in an optimum way, or are they being limited by the single crown design and axle to crown dimension. I would not at all be surprised to see forks with cast bulges to allow these volumes to be increased in the near future. e.g. Secus, avalanche volumes integrated into the fork. What do you lot think?
  • 1 0
 After testing the secus for the last month and loving what that large negative chamber does to the ride, it's f..king amazing. The big companies will be using a lower leg chamber soon.
  • 3 0
 @rob748: It's fairly easy to cast extra volume into the outers, or extend the lowers past the axle slightly. Lots of options for the manufacturers even extending the upper tubes past the crown + knockblock. Who knows what we will see in the next few years.
  • 1 0
 That's one of the things that Fox tried to optimize with the new 38, since the extra diameter gave them more volume to work with. They added a sleeve around the air spring to increase the lower leg volume. Vorsprungs teardown shows it pretty well.
  • 1 0
 @notphaedrus: double barrel shotgun fork is the future!
  • 7 3
 To all of those commenting on design innovation. Good design removes a very demonstrable problem w/out adding new limitations or problems. This design appears to add weight and reduces steering radius, but only in once direction. It is not clear that the best way to improve a forks spring curve is with a super large negative air chamber, or even if it if there is enough improvement to warrant adding the introduce limitations. Also, there are probably other ways to increase the negative spring volume other than just extending the upper leg on the air spring side that could avoid introducing new limitations to other aspects of the fork's design. Additionally, the inverted stanchions continue to be unprotected on this fork, and for many riding locations and styles, this is a deal breaker. This design may be visually creative, but from an engineering standpoint in my opinion it is a bit lazy.
  • 5 0
 Why does it have an o-ring on each stanchion? Or if it is in that wordy thing then I apologize - currently 6 beers in and don't wanna reed. Just pretty pictures.
  • 5 0
 You can compare different settings on back to back runs to some extent. If I recall correctly a few of the WC racers do that as well.
  • 1 0
 @PortTownsendTrailsFTW: ok, that is a reasonable (ish) answer.
  • 3 0
 Trade for a Zeb?
Seriously this is the first fork in years that I'd definitely want to try. Not to mention it'd go on my RB Bandit!
Made myself a custom spring for the previous generation Boxxer with a large negative air chamber and I cannot believe how good that fork feels, if this is anywhere near I need it yesterday.
Also, no more creaky CSU?! DO WANT!
  • 6 1
 Cornelius man, I’m no fan of the design on this one but have a shitload of respect for your work.
  • 5 0
 Ooo cool, another place to fit a bottle holder......because downcountry y’all......
  • 4 0
 I think the negative wars (probably a super hero movie one day TBH) needs to continue and @VorsprungSuspension needs to make a SeCONDus.
  • 6 0
 Why stop there. Should have only inverted one side.
  • 6 0
 Can you just stick the negative air chamber in the steering tube?
  • 1 0
 Great name, as the "Bandit" fork name fits well (I guess the Cannondale patent expired?) Perfect for those days when you are not quite sure if you need a double crown fork or a single crown fork? If you lean just a bit to the right, it looks very well balanced...
  • 2 0
 What none of you could see the other side of my lefty for all these years... it has always just been an optical illusion. Once you own one you can see both sides of them all.
  • 2 1
 It looks disabled but I like it, it evoques sympathy. I can deal with that. And it works. I mean, it works partially at most. This doesn’t look like a usable fork because there is no offset at the crown, so the turning radius to the left will be really reduced.
  • 1 0
 Like a 3 legged dog.
  • 3 0
 I feel like this has been done before. Id much rather see a hose going from the fork to a giant negative air chamber i wear on my back.
  • 1 0
 I'd prefer it in my bottle mount
  • 1 0
 Interesting.... why dont they make it symetrical, Like a Dual crown... If its all about weight, im sure you could easily have a dummy leg on the other side to make it look symetrical without adding much weight. plenty of light hollow tubes in the world these days that you could place there
  • 1 0
 Because the Infinity already exists. You can just buy that and lower it to your desired travel.
  • 1 0
 So... doesn‘t that meanthat with the way the second crown is mounted you‘re limited in your pick with frame manufactureres? Because that stack is limited by the fork, if the steertube is to long you can‘t eun it? Or have i missed something?
  • 1 0
 There doesn't seem to be clamping bolts on the longer leg, the only clamp I can see from these pictures is around the steering tube under the stem (which isn't directmount), so is the long leg pressed-in from both sides ? (up and down)
So technically it's closer to a single crown fork with a longer side, than a double crown fork with a shorter side, if that makes sense.
  • 1 0
 So my eye keeps going skew when looking at it ... Just flipping make it a triple crown and be done with it .... they can even go all Spaz and try to stash tools in the RHS fork leg that is doing nothing and give it some catch acronym to make it sound like they designed it like that!
  • 1 0
 Big respect for Cornelius Kapfinger for being so bold! No doubt, that if i can afford one of his masterpieces...it will be on my bike. I saw in person his dual crown USD fork, and its the next level of machining and looks like a product that you can use and trust for years
  • 2 0
 I have wondered why nobody (I've seen) has used the steerer tube as an additional air chamber space, ever since the I noticed the performance difference of the Mag10 over the Mag21. So that's a while ago...
  • 1 0
 Am I the only one worried about the stanchions on the bottom, my fork lowers always get dinged up and now your putting my stanchions down there???!! If I spend 2k on a fork, I dont want to ride it once and have to replace the stanchions.
  • 1 0
 isn't the dual crown on the left side? (i thought bike and fork sides were when sitting on the bike lookin forward)

in any event, how do you install this? does the upper crown piece on the dual crown leg come off, and then get installed after you put the steerer through the headtube?
  • 1 0
 I'm going to be that guy and say that surely these absolutely *need* stanchion guards. I've read through the website, I know it's in the FAQs and I know the manufacturer says that no, it is not offered or needed.

My fork lowers on conventional forks get absolutely battered. Is this a UK thing? Is this due to our uplifts often being a load of bikes in a trailer dragged up a barely levelled fire road by a tractor or 4x4? Am I just mistreating my bikes?

Either way they get ruined, I look after my stanchions religiously but the lowers get caught on all sorts by accident, when riding/crashing or transporting and storing the bike. I'm generally pretty careful with my bikes these days too.

I'd be a lot more keen on a £2k fork (and I am actually really keen on these already!) if it didn't seem like it would be incredibly delicate to fit into my general riding life.
  • 1 0
 sounds like you fall in the category „those forks arent for you“ i have an edge fork for really a lot of riding the last two years. many things are close to being done on my bike. scratched, bent or else. steel frame gets new paint. but stanchions and fork work like new. either dont worry or dont buy. but i bet intend hasnt changed many stanchions yet
  • 1 0
 It’s cool to see such forward-thinking innovations. But for me, instead of that bit of extra weight with that added tube, reduced turning radius on one side, and the fact that air will never be as plush as coil I’d rather just have a coil.

Yes there’s less adjustability with a coil but once you’re dialed in coil is just like butter ????. And the added bonus of Coil is that it doesn’t change with temperatures and altitude like air too.
  • 1 0
 Ok, I hate to be "that guy" but earlier this year i thought "why hasn't anyone done this? if a double crown is stiffer but too heavy, why not go halfway?" and I drew it up and all my coworkers thought I was crazy and they laughed at me, and I just kinda pushed it to the back of my head, BUT WHO'S LAUGHING NOW MOTHERf*ckERS!
  • 1 0
 $2,500 USD. Inverted stanchions so they are more prone to rock strikes (there is a reason MOTO uses fork lower guards....).

I guess if you had the cash laying around and you wanted to be different, sure! But having to source the bespoke seals and wipers, and the idea that the lowers are not guarded against the elements just seems ridiculous.
  • 1 0
 Every time the author says Right or Left my mind just SCREAMS NOoOO000oooooo! It's just like human anatomy. When i say i have a pain in my right hand, the doc operates on my right hand, not my hand on his left side. It sounds really ignorant.

Also, What is that weird brackety looking thing coming off the inside of the LEFT lower leg?
And What thru axle standards are available?
What are the Minimum and Maximum rotor sized allowed on this fork?
Do you have any real details on the compatibility of this fork that a shop would need to steer their customer toward, or away from this product?
  • 5 1
 A Cannondale crashed very hard into a hero fork
  • 3 0
 Also, is this designed to work with Hans Rey's "one clip, one flat" technique?
  • 5 2
 If having extra room for a massive negative spring is so great - why haven't we seen this in regular DC forks?
  • 14 0
 You have seen this in dual crowns. Dual crown air forks have dramatically different air springs due to the significantly increased volume. Typically this means larger negative chambers, larger positive chambers, and often larger low leg volume, too.
  • 4 0
 Any DC fork out perform single crown in-terms of plushness
  • 7 1
 I don’t see a single crown fork with an extended air spring, I see a dual crown fork with a shortened damper.

So with that said, what is the disadvantage of extending the damper side to match? As I understand it, larger dampers with more oil are inherently superior aside from adding weight.
  • 3 0
 @ninjatarian: I'm with you, though it is about a pound lighter than a Boxxer.
  • 1 1
 @TEAM-ROBOT: ....absolutely massive negative air chamber that makes the Bandit "The most sensitive fork worldwide.''

According to Kornelius this is a world class leading fork.
  • 2 0
 @flattire: Kornelius’ statement might be a little confusing or misleading on its own. I can't see inside the air spring of this new Intend Fork, but I doubt the negative spring is much bigger than the negative spring you can find in other dual crown forks. There are very real space constraints for single crown forks, but there's nothing preventing Fox, Rockshox, Ohlins, etc from putting an absolutely massive negative spring in their dual crown forks.

And besides, it doesn't really matter how big the negative air chamber is on its own. It matters how big the negative chamber is relative to the positive chamber. Rear shocks are a great example of this. Rear shocks have tiny little air springs compared to forks, but what determines the feel of forks and shocks isn’t the size of the chambers, it’s the relative size of the two chambers. Imagine a rear shock with a negative spring chamber that's huge relative to the shock's positive chamber. That shock would be super-duper plush off the top, even compared to an air fork that might have a larger negative chamber in terms of absolute size. It's about relative size, not absolute size.

So why don't all manufacturers just put bigger negative chambers on their forks and shocks? If it's as easy as keeping the positive chamber the same size and putting in a bigger negative chamber, why not do it? It’s true that if you have too little negative volume, the air spring will feel harsh off the top. You'll have to push a lot of force into the fork to overcome the positive air chamber, and you have to overcome seal friction on top of that. This is why manufacturers have moved to larger negative chambers lately- it results in forks that can be run at much higher pressures while still being plush off the top, because the large negative spring force helps overcome the positive spring and seal friction. In turn, higher positive spring pressures allow the fork to stand higher in its travel near the sag point, which is good for maintaining ride height and chassis stability.

But as the great philosopher Barry White once said, too much of anything is not good for you. If the negative spring is too big relative to the positive spring, the fork will be too soft off the top. What that will feel like is a fork that dives into the top of its travel. It will be too easy to initiate travel, meaning that the fork dives in at first and then hits a wall when the negative spring gets overwhelmed by the positive spring. This would feel similar to the effect of running too many volume reducers, because they’re both essentially reducing positive chamber volume relative to negative chamber volume.

So maybe this new fork from Kornelius feels amazing, but maybe it just feels amazing in the parking lot. Other manufacturers have the ability to make bigger negative springs and they don’t, and I tend to think there’s a reason for that. This could be the best feeling fork ever, but you can color me skeptical.
  • 4 0
 So has the mullet theme transferred to forks?
  • 2 1
 "It's so special that only the freaks of the freaks will be interested here" - when the manufacturer says that, you know it's odd. Personally, I think it's cool... but, uh, then I guess I'm a freak among freaks?
  • 1 0
 Sensitive to bumps, not sensitive to stares in the lift line. I think it's great though, if effective. I would be interested to see the concept trickle down to affordable forks in the future
  • 3 0
 Is this the abnormality that shouldn't have happen after an orgy where a shiver, a lefty and a boxer participated?
  • 1 0
 Obviously his forks are better than the ones I build, but I really do get the impression these are well made and at least get a lot of points for trying to be different... but are really propelled by the hype train.
  • 1 1
 ''What is currently missing is the suspension fork that contracts almost by itself when you just touch it. As if someone pulled from the inside when touched lightly.''

Don’t we call that Rock Shox and it’s a bad thing?

Pre 2.1 upgrade...
  • 1 0
 "As if someone pulled from the inside when touched lightly.''... Yep, it's definitely "the world's most sensitive fork". Probably wears a trenchcoat in the summer, listening to Joy Division while smoking menthols.
  • 1 0
 smoking cloves
  • 1 0
 "...the suspension fork that contracts almost by itself when you just touch it...". My Boxxer can easily be pushed down with one finger, without any noticeable resistance. Because there is a coil inside...
  • 1 0
 Guff tech for the sake of it. You want extra negative, add a chamber at the drop out. Lowers the mass, lowers the weight and cost and doesn't have the steering problems this contraption will have.
  • 3 0
 What in the actual intercourse??!
  • 2 0
 Like Zoolander it can`t turn left on the catwalk. But joking aside it does make some sense.
  • 5 1
 Sorry I'm an ambiturner
  • 3 0
 April fools jokes are coming late? Early? f*ckin 2020
  • 1 0
 I have a Lefty Max on my Surly Wednesday.
I want this fork for my Lenz Behemoth. Then I can x-up both bikes to the right. (no, I cannot x-up at all)
  • 2 1
 Funny i made an expansion chamber for a friends 36 because he wasn't getting full travel,it's about half the size of this one.
  • 3 0
 Is the image reversed? The extension appears to be on the left leg.
  • 2 0
 Image has been left alone !
  • 6 0
 For reals! When did we start referring to the sides of a bike as they are viewed head on?
  • 1 0
 @kylar: new viewing standard.
  • 1 0
 @onemind123: yup new norm
  • 1 0
 Interesting idea, I wonder if the differing turning radius on each side would make it feel weird. Crossworx looks cool though.
  • 3 0
 Stanchions with different diameters next? Probably can save some weight!
  • 2 1
 Outside the box never works in this bizz. Lefty was a huge fail, and Trust linkage probably sold less than 5 copies... Grim Donut bought 4 of them lol.
  • 1 0
 So the person who wrote this article needs to write "Left" on his left hand and "right" on his right hand and then write "use mirrored when looking from the front" somewhere.
  • 1 0
 I really don´t understand what possibly would be "just too strange" about this? It looks quite techy and innovative, but not strange.
  • 1 0
 Considering how scabby my decals become on my regular forks. These are gunna be fubar'd in no time! Thank you, but i'm out.
  • 2 0
 Clearly this isn’t marketed for us Americans as you can only turn right. We only turn left
  • 1 0
 I say this with the most positive way possible: That looks like a bike from the future! I love this fork and frame/shock combo. All metal no compromise!
  • 1 0
 I liked this article more when I mistakenly thought it was the legs guy.
www.pinkbike.com/news/the-worlds-finest-dh-bike-challenge-pinkbike-poll.html
  • 3 0
 Derek Zoolander fork on the twisties..... I CAN'T TURN LEFT!
  • 1 0
 I’m running the Secus from Vorsprung and it’s great so if I could afford this I’d try it too and a the Hover shock for sure!
  • 2 0
 Hey, Cornelius. You do know thay you are f*cking crazy, right? Good, keep it up.
  • 1 0
 Me: I have no problem with anything about that product.

Also me: Why does Pinkbike keep referring to the left fork leg as "the right fork leg?"
  • 1 0
 Is it me or is Pinkbike getting there left and right mixed up as the pictures clearly show dual crown on the left and single on the right and not the other way round ????
  • 3 0
 Periscope up!
  • 2 0
 Two negatives make a positive
  • 2 0
 Looks super cool! I would love to try one.
  • 2 1
 Certainly looks cool. Like it's so purposeful that symmetry doesn't even matter.
  • 2 0
 Still no lower stanchion covers?
  • 2 0
 A Zeb and a Lefty had a baby.
  • 1 0
 This fork quite represents statement 'German humor';

PS nothing against to Germans or fork performance
  • 2 1
 Cool! its always great new ideas and innovations. I'm real exited to see reviews on this later and see how it rides.
  • 3 0
 I doubt you’ll get that. Cornelius said on intends FB page that they are no longer submitting forks for tests, because previous forks weren’t well reviewed (I’ve noticed they seem to come pretty middle order in any tests they are involved in, not ideal when you are double the price of the winners) so looks like it’ll just be influencers and mates who’ll say nice things about them will get to review them. If you want a review, you can go to Freiburg and test them yourself. That’s why I’m out.
  • 1 0
 Glad to see new ideas and innovations! exited to see later reviews on it and hear how it rides.
  • 2 0
 One side enduro one side DH - love it
  • 2 0
 Beautiful. Would be even better with a direct mount stem on that crown
  • 2 0
 Only 27.5 and 29? 26 AIN’T DEAD!
  • 2 0
 Does that mean you can do 1/2 barspins?!?
  • 2 0
 i hope a friend of tom hanks saw this, and will now call him tom hoinkis.
  • 1 0
 You've got your lefts and rights backwards. Dual crown is on the left side.
  • 2 0
 Only needs half of a knock block.
  • 2 0
 Oneup, make a kit for the other fork leg. So i can have 2 EDC in 1 bike.
  • 1 0
 In the wild high mountains a lefty and intend fork have come together and mated to create a new offspring called the bandit.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Lefty but with a Righty added to it. The way it should be! I do like Intend products.
  • 1 0
 This makes so much sense! I want one. Can someone who have 1,999€ laying about please chuck it my way?
  • 2 0
 Bit early. Not April yet!
  • 2 0
 I'll take one of these and a Hover shock, thank you very much.
  • 2 0
 at least you can do x-ups to one side????
  • 1 0
 I love it - mad respect to Intend for doing something different as always, really well executed too!
  • 2 0
 The drummer from Def Leopard has only got one arm.
  • 2 0
 AHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • 1 0
 I wonder how much stiffer the fork would be of they added to the right leg to make it a normal dual crown.
  • 1 0
 Interesting design though.
  • 1 0
 been expecting some one to make a super light triple crown for enduro but this is brill
  • 2 0
 Oooh that bike! Would love to see it in review, it looks so good
  • 2 0
 Just go dual crown already...
  • 1 0
 What no way, you can't do bar spins on this....(has never done nor will ever do a bar spin)
  • 1 0
 I heard you like negative volume chamber, so we put a negative volume chamber in your negative volume chamber
  • 1 0
 You need to get the front fenders for the stanchions with this fork immediately
  • 1 0
 Thought it was April already hah, I was sooo hoping to find Waki in here trolling around.
  • 1 0
 Just need 2/3 or 4/3 of these! haha just kidding. This is an innovation I want to try!
  • 1 0
 I do appreciate how wild it is. I'm a fan of dual crowns in general. Currently running a Dorado on my torque.
  • 1 0
 The manufacturer states this fork is strange and unusual. I myself am...strange and unusual...
  • 1 0
 If you prefer right arm over in an x-up, well then this fork isn’t for you.
  • 1 1
 I saw this story before i went to sleep and had nightmares what an ugly for keep it single or triple crown you know the saying if its not broke dont fix it
  • 1 0
 You can flip you handlebar 180° to the right on a 50 feet drop ! That's a must have for the Rampage Smile
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy

Will pinkbike be getting one to review?
  • 1 0
 finally, an inverted fork that's stiff and can still be x-uped. I've always wanted one
  • 2 0
 wouldn't this design still restrict handlebar movement?
  • 1 0
 Now this...THIS...is the enduro middle ground between a trail and downhill fork!!!!
  • 2 0
 I‘ll buy it. what bike should i put it on. cornelius youre the man
  • 1 0
 I love it! But then I also love the look of a Lefty... and that Crossworx - wow!
  • 1 0
 Just freakin rad! But I know little something that is up the alley of plush and sensitive, and is way cheaper: coil!
  • 1 0
 This looks "interesting" I really like it but then I don't - most importantly you can atleast X-UP in one direction ha
  • 2 0
 Probably still not gonna be as sensitive as the 2005 Marzocchi 888s haha
  • 1 0
 The first thought, why hasn’t this been done already?

Lyrik damper side Boxxer air spring!
  • 2 1
 “It’s because you only have one shoe on...”
  • 1 0
 “Damn, ran out of parts. Hmmmmm..wait! Ah ha”
  • 1 0
 Who complains about knock block!
  • 1 0
 Will the be an independent review of it?
  • 1 0
 Cannondale has the Lefty, Why not call it the Righty
  • 1 0
 What is that bike?!? high pivot URT?
  • 1 0
 Someone stole a quarter of the fork off the bike...
  • 1 0
 It is a fired Lefty Engineer getting his revenge on the cycling community!
  • 1 0
 Please rename the fork the ZooLander
  • 1 0
 Well, that's just a dual crown with extra steps...
  • 1 0
 Half Dick and two ballz. Would a woman like that?
  • 8 0
 yours seems pretty ok with it
  • 1 0
 @emptybe-er: yours is only a quarterBig Grin
  • 1 0
 The fork could join Specialized half derp frame.
  • 2 1
 I like it. I don't care what anybody says.
  • 1 0
 Not sure what they are intending to do
  • 5 6
 Yawn, biggest waste of shit ever. Dvo emerald still holds the record for best bump sensitivety, why you say? A litre of oil in an inverted air fork.
  • 2 0
 I could still do X-ups!!
  • 1 0
 *Trek and their Knock Block shit have entered the chat*
  • 1 0
 May as well have the legs on both sides?
  • 1 0
 My ocd does not approve this
  • 1 0
 Negative air chambers feel awesome.
  • 1 0
 What's up with the Shimano/Magura rotor mix
  • 1 0
 I'd buy one. LMK when it's ready for sale!
  • 2 0
 Direct mount Stem ??
  • 1 0
 A. No X-up No likey
&B. f*cking hard LOL
  • 1 0
 Behold Leftor, Demi-god of suspension.
  • 1 0
 looks great! enduro is halfway on dh so is a great ideia
  • 2 0
 Downduro fork is here
  • 1 0
 Damn now I gotta learn to crossup mongo
  • 1 0
 Finally an X-up friendly fork with the support of a dual crown!
  • 1 0
 Right up there next to mr Nicolai on my list of "guys I want to be".
  • 1 0
 Next week: A new left side-only direct mount stem!
  • 2 0
 right hand side X-ups!
  • 1 0
 Maximum headtube lenght including headset: 133mm
*Cries in Pole Evolink*
  • 1 0
 At least X ups would work on one side...
  • 1 0
 Bit of a half baked idea...
  • 1 0
 Missed oportunity for a direct mount IMHO.
  • 1 0
 Downhill fork for doing X-ups Big Grin
  • 1 0
 rename the fork to schoringer fork... none lefty, either normal fork
  • 1 0
 full review anytime soon ?
  • 1 0
 weirder than german porn. and like german porn, strangely arousing.
  • 1 0
 Do the stanchions on these scuff easily?
  • 1 0
 " longer right leg "
It is the left leg of the fork.
  • 1 0
 a fork with lefty style ......
  • 1 0
 badly placed for my X-ups!
  • 1 1
 Stand by for this to live on forever in future comments. "Looks like a Session", this fork is coming for you.
  • 1 0
 Sidehill Down Country....for going in a clockwise direction only.
  • 1 0
 Look like Manitoo and Lefty got a baby
  • 1 0
 Look mom, a new Lefty! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Finally a Dual Crown you can X-Up ????
  • 1 0
 Want! But isn't it the left leg??
  • 1 0
 Let´s call it the "thrifty" ...
  • 1 0
 YES please ! Both bike and fork looks cool AF
  • 1 0
 Add the other side and use it for tool storage
  • 1 0
 My friend Gil Crespo love this fork 100%
  • 1 0
 Total weird fork for total weird Levy? Great, I'm in.. ^^
  • 1 0
 Should have made the top crown take a direct mount stem!!
  • 1 0
 This on the Donut. Huck to flat.
  • 1 0
 The people who whip to the left:

Less goooo
  • 1 1
 What a dorky but lovely thing!
  • 1 1
 Wasn't this guy already fired by cannondale?
  • 1 1
 At least the brand get attention
  • 1 0
 Soooooo much lol!
  • 1 0
 Yes, but also no
  • 1 0
 #NoBarSpins
  • 1 0
 Awesome!
  • 1 0
 my god this is sick
  • 1 0
 Fugly!!!
  • 1 0
 ????
  • 1 4
 Ummm.
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