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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:12 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:56 am 
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i saw a couple of video's of that fork, it looked quite nice !


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:42 am 
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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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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:39 pm 
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Seems like torsional rigidity would be nil...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:27 pm 
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No provision for brakes of any kind.???

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:57 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:00 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:04 am 
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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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