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Cane Creek Helm 27.5 “Cherry Bomb” limited edition fork


Cane Creek has announced a limited edition “Cherry Bomb” version of its Helm 27.5 fork. The fork takes its name from the red fireworks and sports matte black lowers with a firecracker red metallic gloss crown and graphics.

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Cannondale F-Si hardtail and Lefty Ocho fork launched


When the Cannondale Factory Racing Team saddles up for the XC World Cup in Germany, this weekend they’ll have two new aces up their sleeves: the new F-Si hardtail and Lefty Ocho XC fork.

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  • Brad says:

    Scalpel 2019MY announced soon. Just New Lefty and new colours and graphics

  • MikeBike says:

    Bike in video has a Shimano rear derailleur. bikes in Cannondale web page and bikes in pictures have a Sram derailleur?

    What’s that all about?

    • mykeonabyke@gmail.com says:

      Sometimes for demos and commercials a frame will be built up from scratch with whatever is handy. Besides, it’s not uncommon for a manufacturer to utilize equivalent groupsets from different brands depending on price and availability. I.e. “Specifications subject to change.” It might of even been the rider’s own bike set up the way he likes it.

      All that aside, the bike looks good but is the bottom bracket gonna creak like a mofo?

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Marzocchi Bomber Z1 is back


The new Marzocchi Bomber Z1 isn’t necessarily the end all fork to have. Instead it’s being positioned as a great choice for trail/enduro riders on a budget.

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  • Sean says:

    What is the Fox “proprietary bath fluid” ?

  • Tracy says:

    Unfortunately, the more I read of “budget” items, the more I realize that this game is getting too expensive for me. When the “budget” shock is more expensive than my bike (which is completely serviceable for the riding that I do), it forces the realization that I probably shouldn’t play in the same playground that these articles are written for.

    • GTrider says:

      I fully agree with You. 15 years ago You could take an aluminium bike on Alivio/LX and fight in a marathon. And these bikes are among us till today! Today You need at least 1000$ for a trashbike with plastic pedals, heavy 27/29” wheels and poor geometry that falls apart after two years or 4000-5000km. I’m out of that business. I ride my 26 bikes though it ain’t easy. It is increasingly harder to buy a good 9-speed casette ;-(

  • Mitch says:

    Can get a set of motorcycle forks for just about same price as the high end mtb stuff. Street price on a set of Ohlins motorcycle forks is around 2k. That includes springs.

  • Todd says:

    Yah craziness with the marketing BS as well.
    Back from local demo daze testing SC 5010, Norco Sight & Giant Trance.
    Rode solid, fine yes trail, DH, jumps. NOT living up to internet uber hype and keyboard analysis.
    Each tech lent the bike with concrete aired tires (so as to not flat) yet industry spews about low air, amazing grip. I suspect 90% of demo’ers don’t even adjust.
    Also annoying SRAM shifting 11 or 12 speed. Feels “cheap”.

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MRP unveils dual-crown fork and coil shock


Colorado-based suspension specialists showing off a new Bartlett double-crown fork and Hazzard coil shock at Sea Otter.

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RockShox Boxxer DH fork get an overhaul


The new RockShox Boxxer is ready for big wheels and big drops with new uppers, lowers, and an MX-inspired crown.

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Cane Creek releases 29/27.5+ HELM fork


Cane Creek Cycling Components has announced the release of the highly anticipated 29/27.5+ version of the HELM suspension fork.

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Fox updates category leading line-up for 2019


No other component group influences a bike purchaser’s decision as much as suspension. Now the brand preferred most by Mtbr readers is revamped and improved.

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  • Highway Star says:

    Are there any 26″ options? I was considering picking up a fox 36 next year or a long travel 34. Only interested in 26″ specific forks.

    • David says:

      Just go with a 27 fork. You’ll have 1/2″ additional mud clearance compared to the 26 and actually have some resale value in a couple years.

  • Chan says:

    Limited choices, but check out the fork builder on the Fox site.

  • charles matheu says:

    No coil options yet ???? Come on fox and rock shox, you know a lot of people want coil !!!

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RockShox updates to 2019 SID platform and releases TwistLoc lockout


Updated RockShox SID is ready to race; updated DebonAir spring, Charger 2 damper and sculpted magnesium dropouts. Plus TwistLoc for more barspace and response.

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RockShox Pike vs. Fox 34 – Similarities and differences


World Wide Cyclery shows us the similarities and differences between the 2018 Fox 34 and RockShox Pike forks.

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  • Lucas says:

    I totally have to disagree with this reviewer on the topic of LSC. I’m a clyde I weigh 245 geared up. I like my fork to be quite plush of the top but than when I get int the steep so-cal rocky behind the seat descents my fork suffers from brake dive. LSC cures this problem without taking away from the overall ride quality. If you look at the normal average weight riders yes. But not everyone fits that category. The reviewer looks like he weighs 165ish. Like the problems that most shock manufacturers suffer form not everyone fits that weight model.

    • JCWages says:

      It’s totally understandable that someone outside the weight range these forks are designed for will need to make adjustments. My girlfriend races enduro and coaches and because she only weighs 115lbs her 2016 Fox 36 just couldn’t be tuned to work for her using the stock controls including LSC. She sent it in to a well known suspension tuner for revalving for her weight and it made a world of difference. I highly recommend custom tuning when it comes time for a rebuild. It doesn’t cost that much more.

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FOX Factory Tuning custom program unveiled


The new FOX Factory Tuning program is designed to provide customers with the best possible product for their individual needs.

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RockShox updates Deluxe, Super Deluxe, Lyrik and more


RockShox has overhauled the Sektor, Reba, Recon, Judy, 30, Bluto, Pike DJ, Lyrik and Yari suspension forks. Full details here.

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RockShox unveils updates to 2019 suspension forks


“Action is everything” is the RockShox tagline and they are keeping that sentiment alive with their 2019 product range, pushing the limits of what an affordable suspension fork can provide.

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Best of 2017: Paul’s Top Gear Picks


Here’s another in Mtbr’s series of Best Gear picks for 2017, this time coming from Seattle-based contributor Paul Andrews. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section.

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DVO Diamond 110 Boost fork review


It’s not the lightest fork in this class, but the DVO Diamond 110 Boost is bar none one of the best trail/enduro forks we’ve ridden in a long time. Find out why.

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  • Dirt Doyen says:

    Bar None the best fork, shock and seat post I have ridden to date. Ellsworth Epiphany DVO Boost 110 27.5 front, Topaz Rear and Garnet seatpost. THIS COMPANY GETS IT I have called several times with questions on tune and service Ronny has been right there with easy answers and there website is great with DVO rider connect, tuning and service videos and great support. Coming from the big 2 over the last 30 years this has been a breath of fresh air actually getting service instead of send it to us and everything we do is 200.00 or more and 2 to 4 weeks of not riding . My LBS tries their best but they cannot get past it either. The small weight penalty is nothing compared to the serviceability. I have been running this setup since June 4 to 8 hours a week and had no issues at all…Love em so far.

  • bigcol says:

    How funny is it that we are going back to 110 spacing. Up next, 110×20!

  • JP says:

    I appreciate your review. Given that fork reviews are so subjective, it would be nice if suspension reviews start including data that supports the claims of small bump sensitivity and mid-stroke support. I’d rather a fork be hooked up to a machine that showed the characteristics than read a subjective impression of the fork’s properties. It is really a problem with all fork reviews and since often we cannot try a fork before buying it, the more objective the data…the better we could make decisions. Perhaps one of the best fork reviews/comparisons I have read is this one… http://enduro-mtb.com/en/best-160-mm-mtb-fork-can-buy/2/ and the DVO was well rated in that one.

    • keith says:

      This is true for everything in the bike industry. So much marketing-speak and pseudo science. Power transfer, mid-stroke “support”, wallow – what the hell is any of that psycho babble?

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Cane Creek now Coil Creek?


Cane Creek Cycling Components has temporarily changed their name to Coil Creek for the month of November to coincide with the release of the HELM Coil 27.5 suspension fork.

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Hayes partners with STIKRD.com


Hayes has announced a multiyear partnership between Manitou and STIKRD.com. STIKRD.com will offer custom and replacement decal kits for Manitou suspension forks.

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X-Fusion Trace 36 long travel 29er fork


Been waiting for a long travel 29er fork from X-Fusion? Well, the wait is almost over. Meet the new Trace 36.

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Cane Creek Helm Coil fork springs into action


While forks with coil springs are generally used on entry level and some DH bikes, Cane Creek is now offering a high end coil sprung version of their already successful Helm for trail and enduro use.

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Fox releases limited run of race-edition 36 forks


Lusting after one of those orange pro-edition forks from Fox? Now is your chance.

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MRP Ribbon Coil fork launched


Coil fork features MRP’s highly-regarded Ramp Control feature, a speed-sensitive ending-stroke adjustment that allows the rider to tune preferred amount of bottom-out support with the simple twist of a knob.

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BOS teases inverted fork design


Pro racers in the 1990s regularly rode BOS suspension to World Cup podiums, but the brand has recently been focused on rally car racing. Now, though, it looks like they’re coming back to MTB with a new inverted DH fork.

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Push Industries ACS-3 coil spring conversion kit


Push Industries believe the biggest hurdle is modern MTB coil forks lack the big hit performance and bottoming control provided by today’s air systems. So they are introducing the ACS-3 system.

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Fox Float 34 fork with EVOL review


For model year 2018, Fox has updated the 34 chassis with a large volume negative air spring. Can something so minor really make a big difference?

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Lauf Grit delivers 30mm of speed-enhancing suspension


The Lauf fork is arguably the most unconventional cycling fork on the market, but it certainly has its fans who appreciate the low weight and ride enhancing suspension.

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  • I'mRight says:

    Always wondered if these forks make a sound every time they rebound?. Also – CX?, looks like it would fill with mud and snow. And finally: untunable suspension is just movement.

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Video: Cane Creek HELM front fork


Tunability has always been a strong point of Cane Creek and this one is no exception. Sometimes, the options overwhelm the consumer but enthusiasts appreciate these options.

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