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2011 Manitou Tower 29er Forks

2011 manitou tower 29er forks   2011 Manitou Tower 29er Forks

The 2011 Manitou’s 29er tower forks might have the physical semblance of the older Manitou Minute minus the stickers and a plus on the graphic package, but it still packs quite a punch for a fork. Retained are some key features like the Absolute + dampers and the availability of other sizes as well as in a 20mm HexAxle and even in a quick release version.

Other features for this forkset is a Mars Air type of air sprins and a crown that sports a deep bore hollow forged type. Lowers for this fork also has a reverse arch that maximizes tire clearance.

The TPC for the fork is high end thanks to the TPC rebound adjustment feature, too.

The Manitou Tower 29er in general should be given a big seal of approval because of it’s suspension feel, ease of setting up and for chassis stiffness, all of which are really important…

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2011 SR Suntour Epicon 29er Fork

2011 sr suntour epicon 29er fork   2011 SR Suntour Epicon 29er Fork

The Epicon 29er fork is SR Suntour‘s offer for 2011. It comes in 100mm and 80mm together with a 15mm Q-Loc through axle. The lower is made with a magnesium monocoque through axle design that guarantees a lightweight yet durable suspension.

The 29er fork has taper wall aluminum stanchions with a gold anodized finish and air cartridges to shave off weight. For easy tune up, the Epicon has a circlip inside the damper cartridge. This knob lets you tune the fork with increments of 5mm and 10mm (change from 80mm to 85mm or 100mm to 90mm).

With an air pressure adjust, remote lock out and rebound adjust, the Epicon 29er fork weighs 1850g.

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2011 Syncros FL Carbon 29er Fork

2011 syncros fl carbon 29er fork   2011 Syncros FL Carbon 29er Fork

The FL Carbon 29er fork from Syncros stands out with its 100% carbon construction and monocoque crown. Veering away from the idea of a shorter fork and more offset, the FL Carbon 29er has 38mm offset with a 485mm axle to crown measurement.

S. Coffey, marketing director for Syncros ellaborates on the fork’s design, “We have dabbled with various offsets, lengths and frames with mixed results. In our ride testing we found that a 480mm/38mm offset obviously works fine on ubiquitous “old school” geometry, and despite the math, still works really well on “new school” bikes.”

Additional details for the new carbon fork are full carbon dropouts and disc only brakes. It has 34mm blades and a maximum rotor size of 203mm.

The Syncros FL Carbon 29er fork has a round cross section, legs, steerer, crown and dropouts. It has a tire clearance of 90mm to accommodate 2.5″ tires. Weight is at 580g…

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2011 SR Suntour Axon RC Fork

2011 sr suntour axon rc fork   2011 SR Suntour Axon RC Fork

Axon RC is SR Suntour best suspension fork, and for 2011 they will release it with monocoque carbon fiber. Comparing to last years model, the 2011 SR Suntour Axon RC Fork losses 130 grams.

Using a 15mm thru axle, the SR Suntour 2011 RC weighs 1,539 grams. You have the option of running 80mm or 100mm of travel, and is best suited for cross country riding where front suspension is needed. Due to the carbon lowers, they will only fit with SR 150QLOC titanium 15mm thru-axles.

The 2011 Axon RC uses 32mm aluminum upper stanchions, hollow forged alloy crown plus allow steerer tube, you can also get a tapered configuration. A modified air spring gives it better downhill performance, while the new damper cartridges are tuned to comply with the air springs.

As of now, the retail price is unknown, but will hit retailers March 2011.

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Brev.M Bombardiere Fork

brev m bombardiere fork   Brev.M Bombardiere Fork

Brev.M launches the new Bombardiere Fork, which could look like a regular fork, but is thicker and stronger. Made for freestyle and fixed gear trick riding.

The Brev.M Bombardiere Fork has a short offset for barspins, dropouts designed for pegs and grinding, and enough clearance for larger tires for impact landings. Adding triple butted chromo tubing, this keeps the forks light but still strong. The forks are finished with black ED.

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Milwaukee Bicycle Co Bike Polo Fork

milwaukee bicycle co bike polo fork   Milwaukee Bicycle Co Bike Polo Fork

Milwaukee Bicycle Co and Doug from Hardcourt Bike Polo came together for a new Bike Polo influenced fork.

Doug explains the Milwaukee Bicycle Co Polo Fork: “I was thinking about the convenience of having one spare wheel to replace the front or rear, especially in tournament situations. A 120mm spaced fork made specifically for polo would mean more interchangeability, less spare parts, more gearing options for us single speed and fixed riders. And it would mean that any bike with this fork would breathe polo.”

Featuring 4130 heat treated chromoly, 990 Brake Mounts with Removable Studs, Headset Compression Plug, 400mm Axle to Crown, 6mm Dropouts, and weighs 1260 grams. Available in your choice of color with the exception of pearl coats and metal flake. More pictures and specs below.

Bruiser Polo Fork – Aftermarket
1-1/8″ One-Piece Fully CNC’d Steerer
Removable Brake Housing Gui
32mm Rake
Stainless MKE Badge
Black ED Coated Inside…

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RockShox 2011 Boxxer Downhill Fork

rockshox 2011 boxxer downhill fork   RockShox 2011 Boxxer Downhill Fork

RockShox 2011 Boxxer Downhill Fork has a few tweaks for the coming year, while the 2010 stirred some excitement, since it was the first redesign in years. RockShox 2011 Boxxer forks were tested last year by the BlackBox racers World Cup Season which is a huge plus since past issues have now been resolved. For example, the air springs are replaced with a Solo Air Spring and a self regulating negative spring.

2011 RockShox Boxxer forks also contains a updated Maxle Lite thru axle, and the air spring is moved to the lower part of the fork to combat against damage from over tightening the crowns. Retail price for the RockShox 2011 Boxxer forks is $1700.

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