Gravel bike forks - wanted

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Retiredtester
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Gravel bike forks - wanted

Post by Retiredtester » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:39 pm

I've just snapped my forks doing TNR, so wondered whether anyone here might have something they'd like to move on? Requirements are fairly specific, so I won't hold my breath!

Must have long steerer - 280mm plus, non-tapered, post mount disc preterable, 400ish axle to fork crown, enough width for 650b x 47s and 100mm dropouts, qr or bolt through is fine. Current fork (or half thereof) is steel and that didn't end particularly well, but I'll consider anything that's out there!

I've seen a UK company called bivvy bikes do a very competitively priced steel unicrown fork that hits all of the above for only 140 posted, including 12mm thru axle and lifetime warranty! I'll probably end up going for one of them, but the only thing that puts me is of is the fact I've never heard of them. Anyone here had any dealings or heard anything good or bad about them?

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Re: Gravel bike forks - wanted

Post by wriggles » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:06 am

Was that the blue forks that were posted on the TNR facebook page?

I have come across Bivvy bikes - but cant remember where I saw them. Do you have a link please?

Other options might be Light Blue Darwin forks, or JamesO might be able to recommend something from the Pinnacle range? Would this work? https://www.evanscycles.com/pinnacle-li ... k-EV319411 420mm a-c 275mm steerer.

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Re: Gravel bike forks - wanted

Post by Retiredtester » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:26 am

Thanks, thats really useful advice - those pinnacle forks look v similar to the bivy, albeit qr and maybe a tad heavier (https://bivibikes.com/femur) but are great value. Been offered the bivi for 110, so may just go for that. And yes, the blue forks on fb are mine.

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Re: Gravel bike forks - wanted

Post by wriggles » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:01 am

Those femur forks do look good.

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Re: Gravel bike forks - wanted

Post by Retiredtester » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:14 am

They do. I've just asked the company how much they weigh, steerer length etc and I'll update here as and when.

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Re: Gravel bike forks - wanted

Post by Retiredtester » Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:37 pm

Just heard back and the forks only come with a 225mm steerer, which is a bit of a drag! Nice response though and look like a decent company doing things at realistic prices. Still need a fork though...

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Re: Gravel bike forks - wanted

Post by wriggles » Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:18 pm

Ah yes - think as they are starting out only offering one size frame and forks to fit. Thats why I didnt save their details.

Light blue is an option - but there are different forks for the Darwin. Not sure which is which. https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from ... cat=177815

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Re: Gravel bike forks - wanted

Post by Retiredtester » Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:55 pm

That's right - apparently they may scale up if the demand is there. And he may have a pre production fork with a longer steerer, so it may still be on! Thanks for the lightblue link - I'll drop them a line too.

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Re: Gravel bike forks - wanted

Post by b_black » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:40 pm

I literally just made the mistake of buying the femur fork without checking the steerer length for my Specialized Awol, big mistake as it's quite a bit too short. Shame because there's very little out there that have exactly the same features and having them in my hand it's clear that they're well made and the finish is nice. Considering a steerer extender vs. sending them back for a refund.

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Re: Gravel bike forks - wanted

Post by Retiredtester » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:30 am

Ah, that's a bummer. Seems a strange constraint to place on a product for the sake of a few mm extra of threaded tube, but I guess they're only looking at replacements for their own frames.

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