The bicycle fork - best steering behavior for highest driving safety
The bicycle fork plays a decisive role in driving safety and driving comfort. In brute braking maneuvers and high speeds, the fork must keep your bike as track-stable, as well as in curves. For best steering behavior the bicycle fork should have a very high stiffness. In our shop you will find high-quality spring-loaded and unsprung forks, which offer you maximum safety in all driving situations. We offer you not only forks with different brake mountings, but also for the most different wheel sizes. The caster and thus the characteristic of a fork you should choose according to your preferences. A large caster offers a very good directional stability, but requires more power when steering.
Spring-loaded MTB forks guarantee more comfort and steering precision
With a very low weight convinced the rigid fork by a very direct handling. Advantages that not only appreciate racing cyclists and urban bikers, but also BMX riders and some mountain bikers. However, in rough terrain here are simply limits. Suspension forks have prevailed in all areas of MTB sports and are now indispensable. A spring-loaded 29 "fork or 27.5" suspension fork guarantees maximum ride comfort and maximum driving safety.The suspension compensates for bumps and thus provides absolute control in all driving situations.The sprung fork allows you to ride on a mountain bike most bikers are otherwise inaccessible.
Due to the high level of comfort, the suspension fork is also increasingly being used in city and touring bicycles. We offer you in our shop not only a variety of different forks, but also a large assortment of accessories and spare parts.
Depending on your field of application and your preferences, you should also choose your suspension fork. For relaxed tours in moderate terrain or on gravel roads should be preferred around 80 - 120 mm travel in the choice of suspension fork. If you prefer to cycle on light trails more often and all mountain tours with the Mtb are your preference, are suitable 120 - 140 mm travel. If you turn on more challenging trails with coarser obstacles on your tour, you can increase the travel of your fork even further. 150 - 170 mm should be sufficient here usually. Last but not least there are the downhill and freeride suspension forks where 170 - 200 mm travel gives your rider even more options. These are particularly suitable for the bike park and created routes with large jumps, where you depend on large suspension reserves.
Which fork fork manufacturer is there?
There are many manufacturers on the fork market who have made a name for themselves over the years. The top dogs in mountain biking are undoubtedly RockShox and Fox. But many other companies are gaining in popularity. There are for example fork manufacturer Marzocchi, Manitou or Starrgabel manufacturer Salsa, Point-Racing and Surly.
Which suspension system do you need? Air cartridge or steel spring?
Suspension forks are available with different suspension systems. The simpler and usually cheaper forks rely on a steel spring in an oil bath. The adjustment of the hardness of the suspension takes place here only by replacing the spring inside the fork. In addition, you can often set the rebound, which decides how fast or slow a suspension fork springs. Higher quality forks often rely on an air cartridge. Here, the suspension can be adapted exactly to the rider's weight and preferences, so that an optimal vote can be made. These forks are combined with various adjustment options, so that not only the rebound, but also, for example, the high and low speed compression stages can be set. For All Mountain and Enduro suspension forks, there are occasionally also the adjustment of the lockout, where you can put the fork rigid. On steep climbs, the suspension can be blocked and the handling uphill positively influenced. Other advantages are that no energy is lost and you, for example, do not begin to teeter in the footstep.
For which wheel sizes are there forks?
Suspension forks are available on the market for all common wheel sizes and bicycles. Whether MTB, city bike or touring bike, there is the right suspension fork for all types. In the city and touring area usually forks are installed with 28 inches. In the mountain bike area, however, there is a greater diversity. Forks with 26, 27.5 or 29 inches are used here, which you will also find in our shop.
Does a suspension fork in a touring or city bike make sense?
The installation of a fork significantly increases the ride comfort and so find more and more forks in touring and city bicycles. However, it is important to ensure that they do not have too much travel and can be locked in the best case with a so-called "lockout". So these can be on trips where no suspension is needed, just block and you drive more effectively. Since no energy is absorbed in the suspension during pedaling, optimum power transmission is achieved. The weight also plays an important role. Generally, the easier, the better.
Which bicycles offer a rigid fork?
A rigid fork on the bike makes sense especially for racing bikes, cross and gravel bikes. Because of their design, these wheels are not designed to use a suspension fork anyway. In addition, a fork in the applications of these wheels is not absolutely necessary and would bring additional weight. With a simple city bike with which you only drive to the baker and back, a suspension fork is also not necessary. At Mtb, Enduro, Trail and downhill bikes, the rigid fork is completely out of place.
In the shop we offer you not only a variety of different forks of Rock Shox & Co., but also a large assortment of accessories and spare parts, so you can maintain your fork optimally. Also small parts suitable for your fork you will find here, of course. From 99 euros, we ship our products free shipping!
26 "suspension forks
26 "Bicycles are becoming increasingly rare, on most bikes, the wheel size has been replaced by 27.5". But the 26 "fork is not completely extinct. You prefer the bike size in the mountain bike sector with Dirtridern and Slopestylern. In early 2018, Brett Rheeder once again put his skills under proof and won the Crankworx Contest with an impressive run. Rheeder still swears by a 26 "suspension fork. On his Trek Bikes the Fox 36 831 Factory Kashina Fit is installed, this absolute high-end fork can also be found in our online store. In addition, you will find in our shop a selection of Rock Shox and other Fox Shox 26 "suspension forks. Suspension forks are available with different suspension systems. The simpler and usually cheaper forks rely on a steel spring in an oil bath. The adjustment of the hardness of the suspension takes place here only by replacing the spring inside the fork. In addition, you can often set the rebound, which decides how fast or slow a suspension fork springs. Higher quality forks often rely on an air cartridge. Here, the suspension can be adapted exactly to the rider's weight and preferences, so that an optimal vote can be made. As these forks are mostly popular with the Dirt, Slopestyle and XC Community, most suspension forks are equipped with 100mm to 120mm travel.
27.5 "suspension forks
The wheel size 27.5 "has become the new standard in all-mountain, enduro and downhill. We offer a wide selection of 27 "suspension forks with travel from 100mm to a whopping 203mm. Suspension forks are available with different suspension systems. The simpler and usually cheaper forks rely on a steel spring in an oil bath. The adjustment of the hardness of the suspension takes place here only by replacing the spring inside the fork. In addition, you can often set the rebound, which decides how fast or slow a suspension fork springs. Higher quality forks often rely on an air cartridge. Here, the suspension can be adapted exactly to the rider's weight and preferences, so that an optimal vote can be made. In addition to the differences between steel spring and air chamber forks, a distinction is made in suspension fork between so-called single crown with a simple fork bridge and dual or double crown also called double bridge. The forks with a simple fork bridge are usually equipped with up to 180mm travel. Double bridges Forks are used exclusively against downhill bikes and have up to 200mm travel.
29 "suspension fork
The smooth-running 29 "wheels are widely represented in the cross-country, all mountain and enduro area. We offer you in our online shop 29 "suspension forks with the common sizes 100 mm, 120 mm, 140 mm, 150 mm, 160 mm, 170 mm, 180 mm. The suspension forks offer great ride comfort on long tours on rough terrain and sufficient control in rough downhill passages. You have the choice between high quality forks from Rock Shox, Fox Shox and Manitou.
The compression is responsible for the compression speed and is on the fork usually over a blue knob with plus and minus set. With this setting you regulate the oil flow when operating the hub in the fork hydraulics. If the compression is turned off, the fork is slower. When the pressure stage is open, the oil flow increases and the spring element works faster.
High Speed and Low Speed Compression
For high-quality forks, the pressure level is divided into two areas. You can adjust how fast or slow the fork works in slow and fast bumps. So you can fine-tune for various high-speed passages such as roots or stone fields and low-speed passages such as jumps and start.
You also usually set rebound via a red knob, which is usually located at the bottom of the stanchions of the fork. This setting is the counterpart to the compression level. Here you set the return flow of the oil, it decides the rebound speed.
High speed and low speed rebound
Even with the rebound, there is the difference between high and low speed tuning in high-quality suspension forks. Similar to the pressure level you decide here how the fork works in fast and slow passages.
SAG (negative suspension travel)
About the SAG you set the negative suspension travel. This is responsible for how far the spring element singles when you are on your bike. In enduro and downhill the 25% mark is a popular setting value. For air suspension forks, you can easily set the SAG via a shock / fork pump. As an indicator for the negative suspension travel, the mostly red O-ring is pushed around the strut down. During the test, this pushes to the respective place and you can easily read off the percentage scale on the printed scale and adjust if necessary. For forks with steel springs you often have to swap the spring elements.