White Brothers Groove Race review£999.99

This super light fork certainly needspatience from its owner because it takes forever to break in. Even after acouple of months it still stayed locked over small bumps like a platform fork,and full travel is a rare treat.

BikeRadar score3/5

This super light fork certainly needs patience from its owner because it takes forever to break in. Even after a couple of months it still stayed locked over small bumps like a platform fork, and full travel is a rare treat.

Plus, while it's still getting better each ride, it continues to stick, stutter or spike unexpectedly on most runs. We've even resorted to running a soft main spring and minimum compression damping pressures for the start of the ride, and then boosting them once it's got warmed up.

However, there's no denying the White Brothers Race fork is incredibly light for its travel and 300g lighter than the nearest competitor. Plus, while the skinny CNC machined structure looks very retro, it's actually fine as far as stiffness goes.

A few more issues did crop up during the course of testing though. We had to space the axle out to fit a wheel in and the fork leaked oil when we hung the test bike up from the roof for a few nights, which certainly isn't what you'd expect from such an expensive fork.

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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