White Brothers Groove Race fork review£775.00

Alternative downhill race fork

BikeRadar score4/5

White Brothers’ superlight twin crown Groove Race downhill fork is a great alternative race option for the money.

The multi-piece, slim brace construction of the Groove might look old-skool, but its bolted axle stiffness is up there with the bigger legged forks.

The step-up crown with a direct-fit four-bolt stem option is a really neat piece too, although steering lock is limited by the narrow stance.

White Brothers have stuck to their own nitrogen separated twin chamber damping for years, and while ride quality isn’t outstanding it is consistent.

Full compression and rebound tweaking, plus positive/negative air springs make it easily tuneable. But it’s the superlight weight that really makes it stand out for riders who prize agility.

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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