First look: 595g full-carbon mountain bike fork from PRO

Composite legs, crown and steerer

Designers at Shimano componentry offshoot PRO have come up with a superlight new rigid mountain bike fork.

Unlike many 'carbon' cross-country forks which have alloy crowns or steerers, the XCR is made entirely of unidirectional carbon fibre.

It has Post Mount disc brake tabs, a 350mm steerer tube and weighs in at a claimed 595g (1.3lb). RRP is £299.99 and it should be available in mid-November 2009.

Shimano make an XCR carbon bar, alloy stem and alloy bar-ends to match. For full details see pro-bikegear.com. The full steering setup is claimed to weigh a featherlight 850g, but it'll cost you around £550.

CW has been riding mountain bikes for more than two decades now. He's the first to admit he's not the fittest or most skilful rider on the hill, but that doesn't stop him sweating up the climbs to have a blast on the downhills.
  • Discipline: MTB, commuting
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains and flowing singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Whyte T-129 S SCR, Stanton Sherpa 853, Pinnacle Dolomite 6
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston Old Peculier
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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