Week in Tech: Fat bike fork, gravel fork… What the heck is that fork?
Trust sends a Message with crazy fork design
Okay, what the heck is that? It’s pretty likely you haven’t heard of Trust Performance, or its new fork called The Message. But perhaps you’ve heard of one of its designers, Dave Weagle, the man behind DW Link, among other suspension advancements. Weagle has spent significant time and energy developing rear suspension systems, so he wondered why front suspension didn’t feel as good as rear suspension.
Enter The Message, a trailing multi-link suspension fork that allows the wheel to move up and away from obstacles. It’s full carbon to make it feather-light, and it features 130 millimeters of travel. The twin-tube thru-shaft aims to make the fork climb like an XC fork and descend like an enduro front end. Sounds like a pretty ambitious mission, but it’s the first time Weagle has taken a crack at it. The Message costs $2,700 and is available now, but you should order quickly if you want one: There are only 2,500 units available, sold on a first come, first served basis.
Enve expands gravel range with new fork and handlebars
It’s quite a time to be a fork. Enve’s G-series Gravel Fork features a one-piece molded design that helps increase strength. It also has clearance for 50mm tires, truly accommodating all types of gravel riders. It’s fender-compatible, weighs 520 grams, has internal hose routing, and costs $550. The G-Series Handlebar is similarly tailored for gravel riding; it’s wide everywhere, from the tops to the drops. The flare means the bars are 12cm wider at the drops than they are at the hoods. It has plenty of space for clamping clip-ons, but otherwise, round shapes are minimized or eliminated altogether. The G-Series bars cost $350.
All forked out? Too bad: Enve has a fat bike fork (and wheels) too!
Forks as far as the eye can see! This time, Enve’s got a new fat bike fork, simply called the Fat Fork. It features one-piece carbon construction and clearance for up to 5-inch tires. Perhaps more importantly, it features a flippable chip at the dropouts to optimize the rake for either 26-inch or 27.5-inch tires. It can be yours for $625. And you can pair it with Enve’s new M685 fat bike wheelset, which is available as both a 26-inch version and a 27.5-inch version. Both iterations feature an 85mm internal rim width. Like other wheels in the M6 series, the M685 features a hookless system and anti-pinch-flat technology. Each rim weighs 600 grams. The M685 is available as a rim-only option for $999, or as a complete wheelset with Industry Nine hubs for $2,800.
Industry Nine has a new stem (but no fork.)
Even if you aren’t a mountain biker, you might want I9’s new A35 stem because its anodized colors look pretty amazing. This all-mountain stem is designed to work with 35mm handlebar diameters. It’s made from aluminum billet and anodized on site in Asheville, North Carolina; you can mix and match colors for $140, or just get a single color for $125. The A35 is available in four lengths: 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, and 60mm.
Koo grows its line of sunglasses with the Orion and California
Koo makes a departure from its racing roots with the California, a pair of performance sunglasses you won’t be embarrassed to wear off the bike. In fact, they look like casual glasses, but they hide some performance features like vented lenses, a durable and light polycarbonate frame, and Zeiss lenses. It’s available in 15 colors, weighs 33 grams, and costs from $149 to $219 depending on lens choice. If that style is too tame for you, the Orion glasses feature a more performance look, anti-fog lenses, and adjustable arms to help fit any face. The Orions will run you $200.