Kinesis Racelight T Fork £129

Kinesis has developed this fork as a companion for its highly rated training frame of the same name. There's a full carbon steerer on an alloy crown, with the legs finished in an attractive wide weave pattern.

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Kinesis has developed this fork as a companion for its highly rated training frame of the same name.

There's a full carbon steerer on an alloy crown, with the legs finished in an attractive wide weave pattern. It's not an especially light fork at 526g, but it's aimed at the front of your winter trainer or audax machine rather than your race bike. To this end, the long fork legs have eyelets and ample room at the top for a mudguard, even indenting slightly to accommodate a full size guard. Whether or not you fit guards, you'll need to swap to a long drop brake, so budget for this if you don't already have one.

With over half a kilo of material you'd expect an assured ride, and the Racelight T certainly delivers, with very little skittish behaviour on descents or vagueness on hard cornering. Coupled to that, however, is an unexpected amount of vertical compliance that really smooths out the bumps. Compared to the race fork that I swapped out, it felt like I'd let 20psi out of the tyres. If you're not too worried about weight, and you want a solid, comfortable fork that'll take a mudguard, it's hard to see how you'd find a better one.

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