Wednesday, May 31, 2006 11.00pm
By Guy Kesteven
This radical-looking fork turns conventional bike fork logic on its head with mixed results. The upside down design keeps crap away from the seals and also keeps them well oiled. Early leak problems are sorted now too, and they're easy to pull apart and home service.
Ride height is also very low, so you can fit them to 100mm travel bikes without upsetting the handling and it locks down to 80mm for really steep climbs. Steering flex in the fork means a noticeable softness to cornering/off camber feel though, and while you'll adapt with time, it's very obvious when switching between forks. Re-arranging the compression shims is also essential from new to cure a savage spike in the stroke on larger, squarer hits, and it's notchier than most forks across small stuff, too. Independent leg movement makes refitting a wheel a real pain though, and it's not particularly light, either. We've included the £105 24/7 hub in the price because it's an essential item, although Hope and Chris King are now producing compatible 24mm axle hubs, too.
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