2012 Whisky carbon bicycle forks for 26 and 29er plus carbon fiber handlebars and seatposts

Whisky Parts Co. showed off a large collection of launch products at Interbike. Like their sister company, Foundry Cycles, the Whisky components are all carbon and all muted black with minimal logos. The exception is that there are both gloss and matte finish options on most items.

The forks, of which there are seven distinct versions (14 SKUs if you count both finish options), are the first to hit retail and should be in stock before September is a memory. The handlebars and seatposts, also on display, along with carbon bottle cages and stems are all on tap for November. Apparel, bar tape and grips will roll out in May 2012.

Given the emphasis most carbon rigid fork makers put on 29ers, it’s almost refreshing to see a brand new 26″ carbon rigid fork hit the mainstream, and Whisky’s got one. UPDATE: Actually, they’re saying both forks are designed primarily for 29ers. They also have disc and canti forks for cyclocross and tapered and straight forks for road bikes, too. Click through to see it all…

2012 Whisky carbon rigid mountain bike forks in 26 and 29er

Whisky’s components will have a two-tiered naming scheme to identify whether it’s a carbon or alloy part. No. 7 refers to carbon and No. 5, when they come out, will be alloy. So, everything you’re seeing here is a No. 7.

The No. 7 Mountain Disc Fork model is in the foreground with the sloping crown, and it actually has a taller axle-to-crown measurement of 470mm and is listed as working for both 26″ (UPDATE: If you want it to ride like it has a 120mm fork on it) and 29er. Weight is 577g (claimed) with a 39mm rake. You may just want to run some skinnier 29er tires with it.

The No. 7 Mtn 29 Disc Fork has squared off shoulders with bulbous crown haunches and fat, round legs. Axle to crown is 465mm with a 39mm rake. Weight is 669g.

2012 Whisky carbon rigid mountain bike forks in 26 and 29er

Both are pretty stout looking and are available only with tapered steerers. Note the subtle logo on the inside leg of the matte carbon fork. The 26/29er model retails for $345 and the 29er for $375.

The cyclocross forks are available in a 1-1/8″ to 1-1/2″ tapered-only cantilever version (491g, $325, 398mm a-to-c, 45mm rake) and two disc brake versions, one with a straight steerer and one tapered 1-1/8″ to 1-1/2″. Those share the same measurements, pricing and weights are $295/690g (alloy steerer) and $345/459g (carbon steerer), respectively.

Road forks are available with straight or 1-1/8″ to 1-1/4″ steerers. Measurements are 370mm axle-to-crown and 45mm rake. Weights/prices are 366g/$295 and 375g/$295 respectively.

2012 Whisky carbon riser mountain bike handlebars and road handlebars

Flat, riser and road carbon bars will be offered. All three are made of UD carbon fiber with OS 31.8mm clamp sections. The No. 7 Mountain Flat Bar has a claimed weight of 138g with a 5º sweep and 660mm width. $130.

The Lo-Rise Bar is 186g with a 15mm rise, 5º upsweep, 9º backsweep and 740mm width. Also $130.

The road bars will come in 38, 40, 42 and 44mm widths with a 70mm reach and 125mm drop. Weight is 191g for the widest bar and they’ll retail for $230.

2012 Whisky carbon fiber seatposts

The seatposts use bonded alloy two-bolt heads. They’ll be available with either a 0mm or 15mm setback, 350mm and 400mm lengths and 27.2 and 31.6 diameters. Weight is claimed at 226g for the 350mm/27.2 post. Retail is $100.


  1. 186grams and 740mm? Wow. The Havoc is 235 and is only 10mm wider. Lighter than the Vector too. And cheaper.

    …would be a little worried about strength though.

  2. Wish they had more options with straight steerers (canti cross fork, mountain fork). None of my bikes have tapered headtubes. There’s a big base of riders looking to upgrade that are in a similar position as me.

  3. When I saw that wall of forks, and their subtle graphics, I was really hoping for a 445mm axle to crown and non-tapered steerer for my rigid 29er. Esp. since the Ragley and X-lite forks never seem to hit the market.

  4. Tom, there are a few 26″ sus. corrected forks with that A-C measurement. A good portion fit 2.2″ 29er tires no problem.

    See SASO (who makes white bro’s rigid fork) or eXotic. Both have a 445 if I remember correctly and fit a 2.2 9er. Salsa makes the Fargo (first version) in steel with a whole bunch of doodads too.

  5. It would be nice if they would offer a 700mm flat bar with more sweep (say 10 degree) than the old school 5 degree sweep and 660mm width. At least Truvativ finally came out with one this year. The longer 29er fork looks like a Niner. Will be interesting to hear how it rides.

  6. dimples: It’s hard to find what I am looking for. I’d love to get myself into a 26″ equivalent of the Niner carbon fork. The Niner one would throw the geometry of my bike off. Would like an all carbon fork and steerer, the DT Swiss XRR445 is the closest I can find. The Trigon fork is too short. its around the 415-420mm mark. The Saso/eXotic/fetish/white brothers fork still as an aluminum crown, even with the version that has the carbon steerer, and its not all that much lighter than what I already have (Pace RC31).

  7. Hey Everybody!

    Jason here from Whisky Parts Co. Thanks for the compliments on the work we’ve done. And thank you for talking about what you’d like to see from us.

    I can tell you that what we’ve release so far is just the beginning. In the not to distant future we will be adding more bars (yes, a 700mm flat bar with a 9 degree sweep), more forks (yes, straight steerer options), and some seriously cool projects we can’t talk about right now.

    Give us some time to get there… Like you, we ride and are keen to producing product that is modern while not forgetting backwards compatibility. I own a 2000 Zaskar that I’m looking to run rigid, but can’t until we produce the right fork for it.


    Whisky Parts Co.

  8. Tom, maybe the PRO XCR (595g 445, a-c, unsure of rake). Syncros also has a full carbon (the FL, 580g, 445 a-c, 38mm rake). Think it would be hard to utilize the Niner design with a lower a-c before the tire’s going to start rubbing.

    Personally though, I like the pace fork you already have as it’s burly, and the other stuff is only 100 or so grams lighter.

  9. It would be nice if they had other options for road forks, like rakes of 43mm and maybe a 47 or 50mm on the other end of the spectrum. I just can’t get over big companies using the same rake across all sizes but use different head angles to compensate for the trail/camber changes.

    As big as these companies are, they should start recognizing they shouldn’t compromise the “proper” geometry of small sized frames. Hope Whisky listens.

What do you think?