White Brothers Fluid 140 fork review£675.00

Tough wildcard trail choice

BikeRadar score2.5/5

White Brothers are low on most folks' fork radar, but this tough, tight reinforced trail fork is a decent alternative option to the mainstream.

The fully CNC machined construction certainly separates it on looks, but despite the skinny bridge, this is an impressively tight-feeling fork on the trail which turns in and holds a line as well as many bigger forks. A reinforced steerer stops it getting raked out and ruined if you flat drop a big one, too.

The coil spring is smooth and nitrogen charged damping is consistent and controlled, if not fluid. You can increase bottom-out damping by increasing damping air pressure, which is useful for bigger or aggressive riders.

The price has crept up slightly since last year, but long-termers we've used have been sound. The 20mm axle version tested here is a lot lighter than you might think, at 2,040g, but the bolted axle setup is a pain to use.

The Fluid comes in a variety of other types including a quick-release version with 120mm travel for 26in wheels, plus 110/130/150mm travel 29er versions.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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