ENVE Rigid Carbon Mountain Forks Now Shipping, Thru Axle, Adjustable Geometry, and Mini Fender Come Standard

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You won’t just find ENVE carbon forks on the skinny tire bikes anymore, their all new carbon Mountain fork is now shipping. With the cat out of the bag at NAHBS, ENVE jumped into the rigid MTB fork market with a pretty sweet option. Not content to offer multiple forks with different rakes, ENVE designed an axle chip system that allows a single fork to run both 44mm and 52mm rakes. The rake has a slight effect on Axle to Crown with the 44 setting coming in at 470mm, and the 52 setting adding 2mm more at 472mm.

When designing a new carbon fork, why not add the option for a carbon fender? That’s exactly what ENVE did with their removable mini fender. Using the same clips as the brake hose retention, the fender snaps into place easily allowing for you to cut down a bit on the spray – at least the stuff that typically ends up right in your face. When not running the fork, carbon clips snap into place and hold the brake hose on the inside of the fork leg without the need for additional hardware.

The ENVE Mountain fork might not be as advanced as the latest suspension forks, but if you subscribe to the KISS principle, the ENVE fork looks extremely well though out. Details, weights, and pricing next…

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Close ups of the clip system shows the non-fender version left and fender right. All together the fender adds only 25g to the total weight with the non fender version at 686g, and fendered fork coming in at 711g.

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Really, the axle chip system is probably the real draw. Whether you’re unsure of what rake will fit your bike best, or you switch the fork between frames, or just don’t want to be stuck with the wrong rake in the long run, you’re covered. The fork itself uses a manufacturing process that uses continual strands of carbon fiber that are run from the steerer to the dropouts as well as a removable bladder molding process to produce the strongest and lightest fork possible.

Update: Regarding the different positioning of the rotor based on the axle configuration, ENVE tells us that the fork will ship with adapters and instructions on how to set it up for the different positions.

Equipped with a 15mm thru axle, the Mountain fork has a claimed tire clearance of 29×3.46″ and is capable of running 160 or 180mm rotors only. Sold in 29″ versions only with tapered steerer at this point, the forks will retail for $625 and are available now.

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Comments

Sevo - 08/15/14 - 2:58pm

Yes! Fits 29+!

shafty - 08/15/14 - 3:17pm

How does the chip system account for a change in rotor positioning? Are there spacers for the caliper to accompany the change between each setting?

josh - 08/15/14 - 3:25pm

While I like the idea of adjustable offset (rake), none of the press releases I’ve seen explain how you get your disc caliper to line up properly when you are moving the axle 8mm.

Reminds me of the old GT forks
http://www.secondspincycles.com/2012/07/1990-gt-cyclone.html

Or Motoczysz
http://motoczysz.com/motorcycles/c1_prototype

Zach Overholt - 08/15/14 - 3:38pm

@Josh and Shafty, good point. I’m waiting on a reply from ENVE and will report back.

Appleman Bicycles - 08/15/14 - 5:17pm

The fork comes with a spacer that mounts on the post mounts that sets the brake in the correct location when switching rakes. Pretty awesome fork!

Pete - 08/15/14 - 5:51pm

Spacers and brake calipers!?! Get ready for some Avid-esque wobble!

Chewey - 08/15/14 - 5:53pm

$625!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whoa.

Greg - 08/15/14 - 7:46pm

@chewy
That’s what I was thinking.

Ilikeicedtea - 08/15/14 - 7:48pm

Is that a whoa too high, or a whoa too low, and how does that whoa compare to a thousand dollar rim?

steve - 08/15/14 - 7:53pm

whoa i just got a beautiful tapered carbon fork from fly xi for get this $110. No it’s not raked but i can live with that.

Ajax - 08/16/14 - 11:04am

Hey Enve, when is the thru axle road fork coming? You guys surely must have talked about not letting QBP Foundry dominate the thru axle road fork market with their $500 fork.

jeff - 08/16/14 - 12:53pm

Beautiful fork, but what isnt beautiful from Enve, other than the pricing? but I understand, I’d pay more for something American made. In regards to Foundry, whats up with they’re T/A forks? noticed their latest offering did not have thru axles

Bubbrubb - 08/16/14 - 1:19pm

You guys keep saying “Foundry” but thats a bicycle brand. Rhe fork is Whiskey. Same parent co., but different brands. Foundry still offers the thru axle fork on their cx bike

jeff - 08/16/14 - 8:02pm

Bubbrubb, I know of Whiskey parts, but noticed that the Foundry bikes that were shown a little while back did not have a T/A fork, so if Foundry is using Whiskey forks, which I assume correct, I was just wondering as to why no T/A’s on their current offerings.

G - 08/17/14 - 1:09am

@jeff: there was an article a couple of weeks back. Essentially, production obstacles prevented Foundry from spec’ing thru-axle for MY 2015.

http://www.bikerumor.com/2014/07/25/foundry-cycles-revamps-harrow-cx-builds-with-sram-cx1-rival-22/

jeff - 08/17/14 - 1:10pm

Hey G, yeah I read that article, just wondering what the production obstacles were. Are they implemented a newer axle design similar to what Focus has done or something completely different or staying the same? Just curious, Foundry is on my short list for new cross frame.

plume - 10/11/14 - 2:57pm

I’m concerned about the axle to crown measurements. A Rock Shox 29er 100mm fork has an axle to crown of about 503, I understand fork sag plays into this equation but that seems like a huge jump from 472 to 503! Am I over thinking this? I gotta think this is going to play with the bikes handling in a big way if you’re replacing your 100 mm forks (isn’t this the most common travel even on XC bikes now?)

I’d love someone to clarify what this fork is truly suspension corrected for!

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