980g leaf-spring 29er fork

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raganwald
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by raganwald

I suppose that folks are always reinventing the front fork in a bid to lose weight... 980g claimed weight, 60mm travel.

http://www.laufforks.com/TheLaufTrailRacer.aspx

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i saw a couple of video's of that fork, it looked quite nice !

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No damping control, minimal damping (spring internal hysterisis only), in fact they claim no friction where frictionn as a damping medium would probably be a good thing, also I doubt the torsional rigidity is all that good.

For somewhere between the benefits of a rigid fork (lighter still) and a 'real' suspension fork I guess it has a place, just not sure what for! Seems to answer a question no-one was asking.
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Seems like torsional rigidity would be nil...
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No provision for brakes of any kind.???
For certain parts stiffer is more important than lighter.

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by raganwald

yourdaguy wrote:No provision for brakes of any kind.???


It seems to support discs, which is not surprising given that there's no way to mount rim calipers that would move with the wheel:

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by raganwald

TheRookie wrote:I guess it has a place, just not sure what for!


Very short travel forks are not particularly useful for ploughing through rock gardens and over brake bumps, but they can be helpful for keeping the front wheel in firm contact with the ground when cornering. That is not an endorsement of this fork, just saying...

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raganwald wrote: they can be helpful for keeping the front wheel in firm contact with the ground when cornering.

Absolutely, as long as they aren't an undamped pogostick, if they are then rigid is better.
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