White Brothers Groove Race review

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.

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £999.99 RRP
Patience is rewarded - eventually

Our review

Super light racer, but the notchy, leaky performance needs incredible patience
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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.

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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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Groove Race
Brand White Brothers

Stanchion Diameter 32
Travel 180
Weight (kg) 2.5
Colour Black
Available Colours Black
Brake System Compatability Disc Brake
Wheel Size 26
Steerer Size 1 1/8
Material Alloy
Bike Use Downhill
Spring Type Air
Max. Fork Travel 180mm
Year 2007
Damping Compression