Whisky Parts Co. No.7 Carbon Disc Cyclocross Fork – Unboxed & Weighed

Whisky Parts Co No7 carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross fork for cross and touring bicycles

Introduced last year, we got our first look at Whisky Parts Co.’s lineup at Interbike. Now, we’ve got hands on with what’s quickly become one of their top sellers, particularly to the handmade crowd that’ll be exhibiting at NAHBS this year.

The No.7 carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross fork is one of several aftermarket disc forks ready to help you upgrade. Where it differentiates is in price -MSRP is $345- and features. It’s the only full carbon model we’ve seen that has post-mount disc brake mounts and fender eyelets and mounts. The latter gives it life well beyond the ‘cross racer, putting it into contention for lightweight (ie. non-loaded) bikes and bad ass stealth commuters.

Whisky Parts Co No7 carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross fork for cross and touring bicycles

Actual weight with uncut steerer is 546g.

Whisky Parts Co No7 carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross fork for cross and touring bicycles

It’s a straight leg design with fairly thick crown and legs, giving it a very different look than the glossy, wide 3T Luteus we also have on review.

Whisky Parts Co No7 carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross fork for cross and touring bicycles

Another difference between the Whisky and the new forks from 3T and ENVE is the inclusion of a bonded alloy sleeve at the base of the steerer tube. Brand manager Jason Grantz says it’s not structural, just designed to give that section a consistent diameter/tolerance for the crown race.

Our test model has the full carbon fiber tapered steerer tube. They offer a straight 1-1/8″ version with an alloy steerer tube, and they’re working on a full carbon straight steerer model for release later this year. Grantz says they’ve had to add a bit of material around the base of the steerer tube on the straight carbon version and beef it up to properly handle the inherent stresses at that location and pass safety testing.

Whisky Parts Co No7 carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross fork for cross and touring bicycles

The front of the crown is all business.

Whisky Parts Co No7 carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross fork for cross and touring bicycles

The back features a fender mount and brake hose guide.

Whisky Parts Co No7 carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross fork for cross and touring bicycles

The crown’s bulk should line up nicely with external lower cup bottom brackets, likely to be found on many 44mm head tubes from custom builders, and with inset bottom brackets on tapered headtube frames.

Whisky Parts Co No7 carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross fork for cross and touring bicycles

At the bottom, the dropouts have metal inserts to protect the carbon fiber. Fender mount eyelets give the fork more versatility. And lawyer tabs. Good ol’ lawyer tabs.

Whisky Parts Co No7 carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross fork for cross and touring bicycles

The fork comes in a very understated matte carbon. It includes black and white stickers if you want to gussy it up a bit. Personally, we like the stealth look straight outta the box.

One thing not included is an expansion plug or top cap. Grantz recommends FSA’s expansion plug because it has a metal surface that grabs the carbon better, but says any 28.6 plug will work. He says the plugs are really just to pull everything tight during assembly and that once the stem is clamped on properly, it holds it all together.

This fork will be going on several bikes over the next couple of months for testing.

Comments

brett - 01/20/12 - 5:25pm

! Want !

Now just have to wait and see for hydraulic road/cross brakes.

Matt - 01/20/12 - 6:15pm

Definitely appears to be the best fork out there for the money if you’re hoping to run discs on a cross bike.

Actually all of Whiskey’s stuff looks really great and is priced most excellently; just wish they would get all their pieces on the market! Would love to have a stem, bars, cages and seatpost to match.

LP - 01/20/12 - 10:47pm

Nice fork!

salad toss - 01/20/12 - 11:15pm

wow idk how that got that typo by but its spelled whiskey….

Motor City Mad Man - 01/21/12 - 12:42am

Pffft, great, another QBP house brand. What are they up to now like 20-30? More plastic garbage made in Taiwan for pennies on the dollar. Guaranteed they’re making triple digit margins selling them to shops who turn around and maybe eek out 40%. A forking joke.

FireGuru - 01/21/12 - 1:55am

Really?…..Whisky’s website seems to agree

mkrs - 01/21/12 - 2:48am

There IS a difference between whisky and whskey. Ask uncle Google.

Brandon - 01/21/12 - 7:56am

I know we should all take grammatical advice from someone who doesn’t know when to capitalize letters and uses acronyms, but “whiskey” and “whisky” are both suitable spellings depending on where you are.

Alex - 01/21/12 - 10:47am

Say what you want about QBP and sourcing stuff from Taiwan (a major manufacturing nation every bit as good as Japan was 20 years ago when “Made in Taiwan” really was synonymous with cheap junk), but they are providing innovative stuff that people want at reasonable prices – for instance two of the three brands that offer fatbike/snowbike tires are QBP (Surly and 45NRTH). If you want to show off your exquisite sophistication, you can always pay twice as much for the 3T piece, or better yet have a steel fork built custom by a shop in the USA; for folks who want a progressive parts list at reasonable prices, QBP is filling a niche.

Motor City Mad Man - 01/21/12 - 12:37pm

Spoken like a true QBP Kool-Aid drinker Alex, and as many of us know QBP has many flavors of Kool-Aid to choose from, I suspect you work there given your response. I’ll agree with you about the Taiwan bit, their manufacturing is light years better than it was just 10 years ago, but my gripe is with QBP overdoing it with branding everything, ie the wheel department turns into Handspun, now most people think they’re getting 100% hand built wheels based on a name brand, when in fact the vast majority of wheels they build are done by machine, a misnomer if there ever was one. Now they’re dabbling in cheap carbon with Whisky Parts and Foundry. Foundry, geez, more cheap carbon for the land fills, further proof that QBP is more interested in creating profit through cult brands rather than being a bike part distro, which is what they’re supposed to be. I’ll be replacing my carbon CX fork for next season, but from ENVE, and not sourced from QBP. I’d rather pay more for homegrown U.S. innovation and production from carbon experts, than someone who’s trying to cash in on cheap Asian sourced products, sound design, but with cheesy cult branding. It’s a matter of principle. ;)

Jack - 01/21/12 - 1:48pm

What a Dumbass you are Motor City Mad Man… ENVE forks aren’t made in the US, they’re made in (Gasp!) China and/or Taiwan. No, it can’t be…Say it isn’t so! They’ve outsourced everything but rims to Asia. Do your homework next time.

I’ve met some of the guys from Surly, and Jeff from All-City. And I have to say, they’re stand up people with a ton of passion for making really cool bikes. I’m jealous of what they get to do, and the environment they work in at QBP. Call Jeff at All-City sometime and ask him how his brand got started. Blew me away and made even more of a fan. From what I can tell, QBP is more of an incubator for developing products and brands. That’s what I took away from Jeff’s story anyway. If QBP were anything less than an incubator they’d look more like Trek or Specialized with one “big” evil brand.

Don’t be such a hater, QBP is one of the good companies out there.

Skd - 01/21/12 - 2:17pm

@Motor City – I hate to tell ya, but the ENVE fork is Asia sourced also. However, I did order a Whisky disc cross fork …and returned it to get the ENVE. The quality was just not there yet with this new brand. I also felt a bit let down by the published weight (459g) being so far off from what my scale showed. I’ve got an EDGE wheel and have heard nothing but great things about the company. Whisky fills a gap with their price point, and I have to say I do really like their subtle graphics. In the end though, quality and piece of mind were worth the extra dough.

Motor City Mad Man - 01/21/12 - 5:44pm

Nice play Jack, name calling shows exactly what level you’re on. Precious. Debate me like an adult, not like a child. So ENVE forks are made in Asia, big deal, my mistake for assuming since they’re rim production is in house. At least they only deal in carbon and don’t saturate the market with cheap stuff. Funny you mention Jeff, I had an extensive discussion with him and Dave Gray, who designs more for QBP than most companies put together, each one told me that if they had the means to do what they do outside of QBP they would in a heartbeat. Two of the most un-QBP employees there.

When QBP took over the Salsa brand the whole industry was nervous that they would ruin that name which was once a great homegrown bike builder. The early years of QBP’s incarnation of Salsa were really dicey (a nice way of saying ‘crap’) to say the least. I will give them props for making it what it is today, same with Surly. Where QBP fails though is being too big for their britches and trying to brand anything and everything that comes out of that facility.

We’ll see what happens with Whisky in the coming years, hopefully it doesn’t end up a waste of time and money for Steve and Mary like the Big Cheese debacle . Remember that one?

Joey - 01/21/12 - 6:28pm

My Enve fork is made overseas? I did not know that. I assumed they were made in the U.S., especially with the $600 price tag. Not to start an argument with anybody, I’m just surprised. Before I purchased the fork, I read their “About Us” description about the rims made in the U.S., so I figured their forks as well. learned something today. Still, good fork.

Topmounter - 01/21/12 - 10:05pm

Wow, who started the “name calling” with the QBP KOOL-AID DRINKER blast?

Once you do some research, you will be surprised just how much of the high-end frames and components you know and love from the major manufacturers originate in Asia.

Whisky Parts Co. - 01/22/12 - 9:48am

Wow, what a chain of comments. We love the passion that cyclists have, it’s what makes what we do some much more fun, and interesting. Yes, we are part of the QBP family, and we’re proud of that fact. Like our sister brands, we run largely independent – free to build Whisky our way. Frankly, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

We cannot comment on margins, but we can say that we set up our dealers for success. And the value of Fairness is central to who we are, and always will be. We tell it like it is, we work hard, we put out well tested (above and beyond the toughest standards in the world) product that we trust will get the job done time and time again. Weight is not what we’re after, it’s only one aspect of a product. We’re interested in producing product that lasts, offers good to great weight weight for the amount you pay – backed by a no nonsense warranty that we will honor every time. Our mentality is simple – do what you say you’re going to do.

We know we’re not for everyone. If we were we’d be generic and talk only about our technology, wind tunnel testing and who our sponsored riders are. If you want wind tunnel testing…we’ll tell you to lose a couple of pounds and pedal harder. Our technology – its on par with every other carbon fork out there, it has to be or we won’t make the product. Sponsored riders – really? We stand with people who make the time to ride, don’t get paid to ride and ride because they love it. It’s about the ride, the time you put into it, and how hard you push yourself. We support racing, and want you to use our products when/if you do. For us, racing is personal as well as social. You race to push yourself – you race for the comaradarie.

We hope you like what we’re doing, but we’re not for everybody. And that’s ok.

Stay tuned, so seriously fun stuff is in the pipeline,

Jason Grantz
Whisky Parts Co.

John Willis - 01/22/12 - 1:20pm

Debate me like an adult, not like a child, Jason.

Gillis - 01/23/12 - 1:44am

@Jason/Whisky: Not the best write-up to represent your brand.

1) You should proof read before hitting that submit button.
2)”If you want wind tunnel testing…we’ll tell you to lose a couple of pounds and pedal harder. Our technology – its on par with every other carbon fork out there, it has to be or we won’t make the product.”

Wind tunnel testing is part of technology. Not that its necessary for a cx fork, just pointing out you don’t seem to know what you’re saying. And for the record, while the “technology” isn’t important to everyone given the nature of the industry and it’s consumers it doesn’t hurt to talk about it, it just doesn’t have to be front and center. Because to not talk about it is what I expect from a generic brand/part.
3) Put-downs like that just make you look bad. You’re not Stevil, it doesn’t work the same way for you.
4) I don’t think sponsorship is mentioned anywhere in the comments here except by you. If it is, it’s clearly not the main topic not relevant
5) The main topic here seems to be about where the production is done. Something you completely avoided in your response.

Robin - 01/23/12 - 4:27am

Are people still getting their panties knotted about where something is made?

Jason Grantz - 01/23/12 - 11:02am

The intention of our post was not meant to perpetuate a debate; just stating who we are and what we’re all about. As a new company I think it’s important that you know who we are, what we’re all about, and our general philosophy. Yes, wind-tunnel testing is part of technology. But for us, our philosophy is that you can reach your goals, go faster simply by working harder. We believe that wind-tunnel testing is good for the sport at the top-end – it’s just for us.

Our forks are produced in Vietnam and Taiwan. Our engineers spent nearly 3 years vetting factories all over Asia to make sure we were partnering with the right people. We wanted to partner with companies that had a superior level of expertise in engineering carbon, as well as manufacturing. They also had to have a good reputation for how they treat their employees, and the facilities they keep. To help us with this effort we contracted with ACT Labs to further test every product we produce, and to routinely verify the entire supply chain back to the source of the carbon and resins. With the assistance of ACT Labs we have a high degree of confidence in the products we are producing.

Technology is an important part of the cycling industry; it’s what drives us to make new and interesting products. In the near future we will release a series of products that some will consider technologically advanced, as well as innovative. We’re happy to do it, we’re excited to do – and so are key component manufacturers we’re partnering with on the project. That said, we’re not doing this because of the technology advancement, rather we’re doing it because it improves ride quality and overall durability.

Our goal is to produce durable carbon fiber products – not to always be on the leading edge of technology. But, we must offer technology that is on par with yours and our own expectations. When we relaunch our website in March all the technology anyone could want will be there, but we won’t lead with it. We believe that a fair amount of people just want to know that it works, is durable, has a good warranty the company will actually honor, and is well made (safe).

Jason Grantz
Whisky Parts Co.

Drew - 01/23/12 - 6:37pm

I don’t care one bit where things are made. Hell, I trust myself to repair carbon in my basement.

What I don’t get is this-

“If you want wind tunnel testing…we’ll tell you to lose a couple of pounds and pedal harder. Our technology – its on par with every other carbon fork out there, it has to be or we won’t make the product. Sponsored riders – really?”

I guess if you market a product “hip” enough that performance no longer matters to the consumer it’s ok to make statements like that. I’d prefer that the focus be on testing, performance and racing.

So far as the dealer thing- I ran across Whisky 29er forks on ebay at cut-rates back in July before ever seeing one in person. That doesn’t seem like the way to support the dealers.

Whisky Parts Co. - 01/23/12 - 8:41pm

Whisky Parts Co. does not sell through EBay, and never will. Our business model is direct to the independent bicycle dealer.

Thank you,

Whisky Parts Co.

Matt - 01/23/12 - 11:09pm

Go ride your damn bike and get of the Internet. Get a life.

Seth Howard - 01/25/12 - 2:46pm

Definitely looking forward to the release of the standard 1 1/8″ version. If it’s the same rake and axle-to-crown as the alloy steerer version I will very likely buy one for my race bike.

My only comment is the eyelet placement. Having to manipulate the NDS stay to clear the caliper makes mounting fenders much more of a pain for people who want to run them. It wouldn’t break my heart if they were left off altogether, but I realize at this price point people are probably gonna want them.

Finally – BikeRumor would it kill you to throw some wheels with some different sized tires on there to check the manufacturer’s clearance claims?

NickT - 07/21/12 - 8:19am

Jason Grantz…….your words are true to heart
Your company sounds like it has a no nonsense plan of attack.
I will order your fork for my new cx frame.
I like that statement about loosing a few pounds……..
Face it people we are not the best riders out there and wind tunnnel testing on a cx fork will not make me faster.
Not much is made in US…..(except for the ventana el martillo cx frame that the fork is going on to)
Whiskey…..i have been in the business of manufacturing for many years both on the R&D side to the main production line. There are are so many people who order thier product from specs offered from a tolling facility and then there are others who show up with the thier own plans in hand and stay for the production run……. what i hear from your tone is you are of the ones who care.
You are laying your whole companies reputation on one fork that if failed would be devastating to your company………..but i have a feeling that rash decisions to get product to market was not part of your plans.
Jason…..i will buy your fork based on the pride from your words.

Many of you have to realize that marketing is just BS to make the weak believe
……………………..but pride is what makes great things work well.

NickT - 07/21/12 - 8:27am

i would be really surprised that high end technology is not supported by your product.
I dont understand how a company can survive if their products were not based on technology.
The products you put out and the pride in your words tells me that you have incorperated
a lot of technology into your products…….why else would you stand behind them so proudly.

velocodger - 08/13/13 - 3:32am

I have a Whisky fork on my monstercrosser, (Paul and White partz too) and I would get another. This is a stout fork, and it looks great. They treated my builder (who is also my homie) great, and anybody that does that gets my vote. Just about all the bikes I see out there have some Asian bits and pieces, except for maybe a few fantastically expensive esoteric models. I’m not wealthy, so I’ll stick with my steel US made frame and hang the US pieces I can afford on it until I win the lottery or some unknown rich uncle dies and leaves me a fortune.

trumpetbiker - 01/26/14 - 12:23pm

Whiskey Parts builds a quality product, huge market for the variety of forks offered, and meets a demand for the market.

John W and Gillis——-you speak like 18 yr olds with no understanding of business, reality, or finances —— or prototyping. if you do have all of that, you are not showing you have any understanding of what jason is stating. wind tunnel tests are a given, don’t be ignorant. LOOK at the product, for that matter, this is a well designed/engineered and tested product for the mountain, cx and road market——-look at their website, they have some important niches in the market to fill.

Products are produced with a demand, prototyping and standards ongoing to meet/beat the current and future standards, and produced in a way to make a profit while allowing for future growth and new reliable products. it ain’t brain surgery, and liabilities come front and center as well.

Jason simply states———-in a very diplomatic way, they produce a fork that meets the market and beats it in some ways, you build your bike, shut up ————- and ride. and stop acting like you know everything. jason, and others in positions like him at other smaller companies with great products have to battle idiot know it alls everyday, keep their real thoughts to themselves. if he could, jason would probably say, “quite focusing on grams, aerodynamics and materials and focus on riding————–quitcherbitchin. “

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