Whisky Parts Co Adds Thru Axle Road and Cyclocross Forks
With the increase in road and cyclocross disc brakes recently, it only makes sense that thru axle forks would soon follow, and they have.
Whisky Parts Co appears to be ahead of the curve on this one, but are they too far ahead? Some might call this overkill arguing that thru axles are intended to minimize torsional flex on mountain bikes where suspension forks can create significant discrepancies in torque on each side of the axle, but road and cyclocross bike forks are already rigid and don’t need this. Disc brakes, however, also apply a significant force to only one side of the hub and could torque and twist fork legs. Added rigidity and control during hard braking and maybe even on a standing hard effort hardly seems like a bad thing. Or even a hard sell.
The new forks will use a mini Maxle designed around standard 100mm road spacing and tapered head tubes. The road versions offer 43mm or 49mm offsets and weigh in around 430 grams without the Maxle.