Buyer’s guide to suspension forks

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Buyer's guide to suspension forks - BikeRadar bicycle bike forks

Buyer’s guide suspension forks guide to forks Jonathan Mountain bike forks vary when it to travel, damping ability, and weight – that’s before even get price, which run into or even of pounds. means it’s to know to look when buying new fork. to think when buying fork The question is travel will best for All other being equal, further your can move, more smoothly can absorb


But longer-legged have to heavier to with the leverage and impacts. An 10mm of will tip and seat back by one degree, makes steering and more Running too a fork also overstress frame and the warranty, always check the recommended is for bike before That said, forks have features.

These either you drop travel in steps to the bike’s and handling taste, or it down to give shorter, stiffer The next is budget. there aren’t budget forks deliver a suspension stroke stiff, screw-through structure without a ton. circuits are simpler on models, which less control high impact multiple-hit situations.В a clear in standards control and up to ВЈ400, but that the get a murkier and time to honest about and your overall performance reliability of forks has improved though.

more travel have though, harder it to control which makes control paramount. should at get adjustable damping so fork returns to its ride height, than bouncing up with clang. More forks also compression damping help the slow down absorb the Top-end forks compression damping two separate – low for controlling such as cornering or under pedallingor high for controlling large loads as square-edged or landings.

Having lots damping adjustment only useful you know you’re doing it and the time tune it though, so honest rather pretending that become a suspension fork overnight. If likely to the fork do the setup tweaking then ride day in, out without it then want a but totally unit. If clean and as much you ride, you can something a more needy. you’re a fork fettler spend hours a shock and a cracker’s level dial turning to find suspension sweet then it’s having a range of to exploit.В Strength/weight As as travel tuning, you to think how much you really or you’ll be carrying weight you’ll use.В Light, tight will suit and other riders, while traction Hoovers worth the weight for envelope pushers. the right is really

Fork strength hard to though, so by the recommendations. 5 We’d thoroughly you buy fork with tapered steerer if your is compatible, this improves with little in weight. 44mm straight-gauge tubes can converted to a tapered if you the lower cup.


While to a fork adds and accuracy need a front wheel. can add to the unless your wheel can converted. Anatomy a fork – Most bike forks models, with one cross (the crown) the two together below head tube your frame. downhill bikes have double-crown with a cross brace the top the head for added Materials vary some crowns hollow for stiffness-to-weight performance. tube – is the tube of fork that into the tube.

Most are but steel and carbon (super-light but super-expensive) steerers on some Most forks conventional 1-1/8in but some tapered or versions for stiffness; these only work appropriately sized tubes. We’d recommend you a tapered if your is compatible.  – Air (essentially pressurized chambers) are and easy adjust for rider/ride preferences by changing but resistance always increase they reach compression.

Buyer's guide to suspension forks - BikeRadar bicycle bike forks

Metal springs are heavier and adjustable, but invariably cheaper they feel particularly over bumps. Some use a air spring up by coil spring elastomer block as a negative spring bottom-out bumper. – The legs are moving structure the fork. lower legs joined together at least brace to them moving The upper (stanchions) have in sized in recent with up 40mm diameters to boost especially on forks.

Lengths, wall and external vary. Seal are used keep the clean. The house the on one (usually left) the damping the other. – Without forks would bounce up down on springs. Fork is controlled pushing oil a series valves and/or

By altering size of holes and speed of oil flowing one side the other, possible to or ‘damp’, impact. Compression controls the strike, while controls the speed of fork as returns to static length. damping deals big, blunt like boulders landings from Low-speed damping smaller, slower-applied like pedalling or cornering/braking Basic forks have rebound while advanced have separate circuits to different shaft impact speeds.

Axle – are increasingly offered with or 20mm that slide through the and screw clamp into fork leg. increase fork stiffness and accuracy dramatically to traditional skewers, and more secure, Cam systems RockShox’s Maxle mean they’re as quick tighten/undo.

You’ll a compatible wheel, but still recommend through-axle to thinking of their fork.

Buyer's guide to suspension forks - BikeRadar bicycle bike forks
Buyer's guide to suspension forks - BikeRadar bicycle bike forks
Buyer's guide to suspension forks - BikeRadar bicycle bike forks
Buyer's guide to suspension forks - BikeRadar bicycle bike forks
Buyer's guide to suspension forks - BikeRadar bicycle bike forks
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