AXAxel wrote:Hi Freddy,
There is definitely not going to be any problem to upgrade to the "D" frameset. Starbike is really great to deal with and admittedly they had not been presented the info up front (as we didn't have the options available at that time). We will definitely and without question allow all preorderers to still decide and switch between the two versions: It for sure absolutely must not have been of your disadvantage to be having preordered early!!!
The reason not to go with our own fork is actually pretty simple and straightforward as it comes down to the fact that we do not produce a tapered fork. The Vial EVO however has explicitly been designed around a tapered fork as this bares some constructional advantages that we wanted to exploit. We have actually had the plans for our own tapered fork for quite a while, but in the end decided against it as thanks to our kind relation to THM-Carbones we have the access to their Scapula CT fork which for itself as mentioned before already fulfills all our demands on a top product. THM's quality does not leave anything to be desired either, so an explicit in-house production seemed even less of a necessity. Instead it would have bound quite some capacities with us (capacities that we prefer to deploy on other imminent projects such as the road clinchers). Also we did not expect the (after-)market chances for such a fork to be any significant in times of design, finish and paint matched fork and frame kits, different tapered standards and also with disc brakes right around the corner. Eventually we will see an own project in this field sooner or later instead. For now we are really happy to have teamed up with THM and to be able to offer the benchmark of a fork with a frame that hopefully sets a new benchmark as well.
* Just for the record we of course also have a fork with a higher weight limit, the Helios (110kg). It does not come as tapered version either though.
Thanks for the explanation on the choice of fork.
Just curious why not the 3T Rigida LTD fork instead of the Stealth version though?
I thought that would be a more 'logical' or wise choice for the frameset given the high-end market it is targeting.
That would shave 55grams (285gms vs 340gms) off the total weight if they come in as per manufacturer specifications!
No doubt that the THM fork would be an even more upmarket and weight weenie option!
Great that there will be a upgrade option nearer to the official launch dates.
Looking forward to any updates on the frameset!! Can't wait!!