15mm Thru Axle
The thru axle is based on the DT Swiss proprietary RWS (Ratchet Wheel-mounting System). The RWS thru axle is comprised of an axle with threads at one end, and a ratcheting handle on the other, which can be engaged or disengaged with a button to rotate freely on the axle. I really like the RWS as the thru axle on this fork, it is the simplest, quickest and the fullest proof system I have ever used. Simply insert the RWS and it slides easily through the hub, then twirl the ratcheting handle clockwise to engage its threads until it’s finger tight. Reverse it to take it off. With most thru axle systems, getting the axle engaged is a task, you need to align the axle, fork and hub just right for it to all mesh together. The DT Swiss RWS thru axle is smooth as silk to engage. If the ratcheting handle gets in the way of the fork, or it isn’t in the proper orientation you want, just push the button on the levers’ end, and the ratcheting handle pulls out slightly and is free to move anywhere by holding it out. To re-engage just let it pop back in.
The carbon fiber legs along with the carbon hollow arch is a sight to behold, and certainly make them one of the most bling forks on the market. The carbon fiber gives the fork impressive stiffness, svelte legs and delicate lightness. Since my main test steed (Ibis Mojo) is all carbon, the fork really blends well with the bike.
Low Speed Compression
The adjuster for the low speed compression is located at the bottom of the right fork leg. By adjusting the low speed compression the deflection speed changes. Low speed compression damping regulates low damper shaft speeds.
Uncut steerer:1808 grams with RWS or 1740.1 grams without
Thru bolt (15mm RWS): 67.9 grams
Cut steerer: 1768.9 grams with RWS or 1701 grams without
Crown to Axle: 525 mm