Written by Wally Wallace Monday, 07 November 2011 02:17
Disc brakes are common place in the mountain bike world and soon maybe the brake of choice for the cyclocross sect as well. With that in mind, Carver Bikes has introduced the CX -Road Disc Carving Fork. The new cyclocross / road disc fork features a full carbon steerer tube with an aluminum crown race seat and a sexy 3K carbon weave / gloss finish lower leg. A fork with all the ingredients of a future Bikeman best seller.
The Carver Carbon cyclocross disc fork is built to handle the demands of disc brake use while remaining lite on the scale. To help keep the weight down the fork features a full carbon steerer tube that is 300mm long (uncut). Carver could have shaved some more weight in the lower fork legs (see the Carver Full Carbon CX Canti Fork) but opted instead to make sure the fork remained stiff enough to handle the "OH #$%&" braking scenario. The fork weighs in at 630grams, making this the lightest carbon disc cyclocross fork in its price rage.*
Currently the disc fork is only available in an 1-1/8" steerer allowing for the most cross over use as the fork can be used with standard 1-1/8" and Tapered headtubes with a reducing headset race. The steerer tube also features a super clean, aluminum crown race seat. While adding a few extra grams to the fork the aluminum crown race seat will ensure a perfect fit and durability to last many headset race installations. The IS disc brake tabs are aluminum with a carbon wrap and the fork also has fender eyelets behind the dropouts.
The folks at Carver Bikes designed the CX Disc fork to meet the needs of cyclocross racers looking to build a disc brake equipped cross bike and road bikers who sometimes like to take the road less traveled (Salsa Vaya riders would be a perfect example). Bikeman is excited to put the new fork to the test and will have a complete product test soon. You can get your own Carver CX Disc Carving fork here at Bikeman.com
Tale of the Tape:
Axle to Crown: 395mm
Steerer Tube Length: 300mm
Disc Tabs: International Standard, IS
*Comparison made with Wisky Number 7 Cross Disc fork that weighs in at 690grams and carries a price tag of $295.
written by Will Selser , January 27, 2012
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