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    New Icelandic Ultra ligth 29er front fork. From Lauf forks.

    What u guys think og this one?

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    ooh I like the old parallelogram / linkage forks of days gone by so this does intrigue me.

    Shame it isn't available and there is no price estimate as I would love to have a go

    Would been keen to feel how rigid it is torsionally around the steerer axis

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    I like it but I think it would look a little off on my steel frame. I ride SS with a rigid steel fork most of the time but when I need suspension I use a Manitou Tower Pro 100 mm fork. It's a nice fork but I think the lighter weight and shorter travel of the Lauf would match my riding style better.

    A few questions:

    - how does the fork react to standing and mashing on a single speed? Lots of bob or...?
    - will the fork be offered with a straight steerer?
    - axle to crown length?
    - price?
    - any chance to demo this fork? (I'm in Denmark...)

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    Something like this should have a money back guarantee and a good warrantee in order to get people to try it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    But now that I've gone back to 1996, how do I get back to 2013?
    You were a d1ck then, and you're a douche now.

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    Is there any mechanism for damping?
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    Quote Originally Posted by juan_speeder View Post
    Is there any mechanism for damping?
    Good point, otherwise it's just a spring.

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    The damping must be built into the material properties of the spring. Back in ancient times I had a Rock Shox Quadra 21R fork that used elastomer bumpers as springs. It had no fluid damper of any kind. It worked surprisingly well and was not noticeably bouncy or anything.

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    I assumed from reading their website info that there is inherent damping built into the leafs, as mentioned by Thor29. So it's there, it's just not adjustable. But I think that's the whole point- it's supposed to be a super lightweight way to give you some cush without a full-on suspension fork. I would liken it to how my older Cannondale had a Headshock with like 80mm of travel. I couldn't adjust rebound but it was still nicer than nothing. Except this seems to be significantly lighter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Epic_Dude View Post
    Something like this should have a money back guarantee and a good warrantee in order to get people to try it out.
    It looks like it has a 5 year warranty, so that's not bad at all. If it were reasonably priced, say $500 or so, I'd think about it.

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    Interesting. It has bump stops visible on the fork side, I guess to keep it from over extending.
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    I'm guessing this isn't clyde-proof.
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    No damper, no dice.

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    would work nice on my commuter bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by roybatty666 View Post
    ooh I like the old parallelogram / linkage forks of days gone by so this does intrigue me.

    Shame it isn't available and there is no price estimate as I would love to have a go

    Would been keen to feel how rigid it is torsionally around the steerer axis
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    Well it is only optional in a tapered version 1:1/8"-1,5".
    And it is built in a factory that builds parts for Lapierre, Specialyzed and Trek so the quality is good.
    Stiffness has not been a issue and im a 86kg Downhill rider using it for Xc...

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    Great concept! Love the idea of a zero-maintenance suspension fork. Are those leaf-springs a "one size fits all" or can they be tuned for rider weight and rider preferences?
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    I'm interested but I'll wait until it hits the circuit and the pro's have abused it for a few seasons.........
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    can't be tuned for different weight riders, so lightweight or clydes are gonna hate it.

    slow pogo stick suspension since there is no dampening system. and it's gonna twist if you hit something sideways. hopefully the tire won't hit the side of the fork...

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    The reason I'm so pessimistic is that this has been tried before. Back in the mid 90s all sorts of crazy suspension ideas were tried, from softride to friction damping, just about every one of these were failures. For literally a pound more, you can have a real suspension fork with adjustable air spring and damper. The no-damper concept (just relying on the inherent material properties of MCU, spring, etc) never worked. Going above or below the speed at which it "works" allows it to transfer shock exceptionally well, which makes you wish you didn't have it. Just the fact that they are marketing it as "frictionless" is scary. I realize the "concept" is to give you just a little cush while being a pound lighter than a suspension fork, but in practice this has never worked.
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    New Icelandic Ultra ligth 29er front fork. From Lauf forks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thor29 View Post
    The damping must be built into the material properties of the spring. Back in ancient times I had a Rock Shox Quadra 21R fork that used elastomer bumpers as springs. It had no fluid damper of any kind. It worked surprisingly well and was not noticeably bouncy or anything.
    With only 60mm of travel!?!
    The Quadra was OK at best in its day. The damping was poor even then. Would be unacceptable by current standards.
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    I think people are missing the point. It's not supposed to be a 150mm AM fork, just something to take the edge off and otherwise rigid-forked XC bike. At less than a pound heavier than a Niner carbon fork, with a little bit of give to it, I would love to try one.

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    New Icelandic Ultra ligth 29er front fork. From Lauf forks.

    Quote Originally Posted by deuxdiesel View Post
    I think people are missing the point. It's not supposed to be a 150mm AM fork, just something to take the edge off and otherwise rigid-forked XC bike. At less than a pound heavier than a Niner carbon fork, with a little bit of give to it, I would love to try one.
    I think the point of the critics, including me, is I would rather have a well damped and sprung fork if I was to use suspension at all.
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