New axle standard or typo? 2013 RockShox 650b Revelation with 15x110mm Maxle Lite

In our 650b post below, eagle-eyed reader craigsj noticed what could be a new front axle standard in the 2013 RockShox Revelation’s specifications.  Or a typo.  Is wider better, or do we already have enough hub standards?  Hit the “comment” button to weigh in…

Image via Bicycling.

Comments

Zombinate - 01/28/12 - 12:22am

I say typo. no reason to change the 15mm to a longer hub, and their 20mm is 110mm. I think some copy editor zigged when they should have zagged.

mkrs - 01/28/12 - 1:21am

@Zombinate – there IS a reason. It’s called protecting your market share and try to save your reputation by saying “Fox was right” without actually saying that.

topmounter - 01/28/12 - 9:47am

I buy a suspension fork for the best suspension. Suck it up RS, do the right thing and don’t let your marketards further fragment the axle / hub / wheel market.

fuzzbuzz - 01/28/12 - 10:32am

I say typo. You’re over thinking it if you believe the fork will feature a 15×110. Why would RS/SRAM develop a new, ahem, “standard” on an already proprietary (new wheel size) fork. They would just be shooting themselves in the foot….

Jesus CHrist - 01/28/12 - 11:08am

typo

Zombinate - 01/28/12 - 12:25pm

@mkrs – There is something to be said there. However, given that Sram is starting to make wheelsets for their forks, which are the 15×100 currently, and given that the hub market for 15×100 has been reasonably well established by bigger name wheels companies, I would find it doubtful that this would be a platform that RS would try to push.

If they wanted to do a new XC maxle, I would think they would change the diameter as well (a 17×115 or somesuch), doing so would make it physically obvious that a 15×100 wheel isn’t going to work. This would also give them some legal coverage. A 15×100 wheel put into a 15×110 fork would slop about, and cause accidents. Since it technically would fit, I think RS would have a hard time arguing “inherent risk” in court (at least a US court).

chase - 01/28/12 - 2:09pm

You know forget Rock Shox and Fox, just buy a lefty! 650b compatible

Mr. P - 01/28/12 - 2:28pm

If they added 5mm to the axle diameter, specs would be perfect and we would not need any other axle standards…

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James S - 01/28/12 - 7:18pm

Based on my calibrated eyeballs, that axle is a 20mm.
It’s just a typo, no reason to get excited.

WZM - 01/28/12 - 8:58pm

it says something about a custom fork crown which would make sense if its a wider axle

Sevo - 01/29/12 - 3:33am

Or just complete forgery all together? Just look at current fork descriptions. Phrasing like “spring adjust” and “spring option” aren’t used by them. Also, “Air Pressure by Single Schrader Valve” is not terminology any Rock Shox spec sheet uses. Ever.

Plus “Maximum Recommended Rotor Size” is not phrasing they currently use. Nor does even the boxer recommend uses of anything over a 210mm rotor. This shows 215mm. Current Revelations don’t suggest the need for anything bigger than 203mm.

In short…..you’ve all been punked by some 650b fiend who’s good with photoshop and horrible at creating fake tech sheets. I call fake.

Recently had a convo with a large wheel maker, 650b sadly isn’t going anywhere. Fat bikes have more peaked interest. Don’t expect such anytime soon.

Sevo - 01/29/12 - 2:54pm

Or just complete forgery all together? Just look at current fork descriptions. Phrasing like “spring adjust” and “spring option” aren’t used by them. Also, “Air Pressure by Single Schrader Valve” is not terminology any Rock Shox spec sheet uses. Ever.

Plus “Maximum Recommended Rotor Size” is not phrasing they currently use. Nor does even the boxer recommend uses of anything over a 210mm rotor. This shows 215mm. Current Revelations don’t suggest the need for anything bigger than 203mm.

In short…..you’ve all been punked by some 650b fiend who’s good with photoshop and horrible at creating fake tech sheets. I call fake.

John - 01/30/12 - 8:57am

As one of the few people here that has access to the Sram OEM site, has seen the product, and has a great fear of the crazy conjecture that is bikerumor.com, I say settle (edited) down.

Its a typo. 15×100 is the axle standard for this fork, its nothing new, they are that way already for 2012.

There is a reason they dont provide consumer access to that site, it is often full of typos because it is the newest info as Sram develops it, and it is intended for to be paired for people in the industry who have also had presentations on what is coming. Shame shame on the person who provided this, I hope Sram finds them and cancels their OEM account.

reformed roadie - 01/30/12 - 11:46am

Or it’s a fake.
215mm rotor? Plus lots of other consistences in the language from typical RS spec sheets.
Can’t take credit for it spotting it, and I am not 100% positive. but maybe it is a punk on the 650b fans (which includes myself). Some DB with too much time and no a lot of attention to detail…

DeeEight - 01/30/12 - 3:27pm

Hurricane Components IS apparently offering a 110 x 15mm fork adapter however.

http://www.cheapbikeparts360.com/products/hurricane-fork-up-mount-adapter/

ZachOverholt - 01/31/12 - 11:15am

@DeeEight, I’m guessing that’s a typo too. Hurricane’s site mentions nothing about a 110 x 15 model, and that cheapbikeparts site doesn’t list the 100 x 15 model.

Cinco - 01/31/12 - 12:34pm

I love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy, but a few different trusted sources have confirmed the forthcoming RockShox 650b fork. Typos in OEM-only communications are not uncommon, so I wouldn’t bet on (or get too bothered by) the “110×15? axle thing. Likely just an oversight.

New 650b product will come to market in 2013 and 2014, and whether it sticks around or goes the way of DualControl shifters and BioPace cranks is TBD…but for as many as it appears aren’t willing to accept it, it seems there are plenty of other who are open-minded about the wheel size. (Grant’s comment [on the Bicycling.com story] speaks well to this point.)

Will certainly be interesting to see how the middle-size wheel market shapes up in the next few years.

Mindless - 02/01/12 - 1:53am

Dual control shifters had been awesome – paired up with Shadow derailleur. Biopace is back and better then ever after being rotated 90 degrees by Rotor. Love my Q-rings.

Stuart Lightley - 02/07/12 - 1:10pm

New axle standard is probably a typo, but Rock Shox putting out a 3rd wheel size fork!!!
Is this is the start of an industry wide conspiracy to rid us of our 26ers!!!

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