TWINTIP FORK - THE TERRAIN PERSPECTIVE
It's now been over three years since the first ride on the TwinTip fork. During this time we have gained a lot of personal experience while using it and managed to gather plenty of feedback from other riders.
n fact, the more time we spend on the fork, the more respect we have for this invention of our design team. The most important conclusion is that defining the two positions as one being “racing, fast, aggressive” and the other “touring, relaxed, etc” is missing one important point of view.
The 'lo' position of the axle (resulting in higher stack, slacker angles, etc) is the optimum setup for going fast in rough, technical terrain or long distance endurance riding and touring on flat gravel roads.
The 'hi' axle position (that puts you in a more aero position and gives the bike a steeper head angle) is appropriate for going fast on smooth tarmac or fast, flat gravel roads.
We always considered the 'aero' position as the fastest in all situations, and that is the basic mistake. You WON'T go fast in that position on pothole ridden gravel descents or tight corners and switchbacks. The longer fork and slacker angles really give you tons of confidence at speed in such situations! In fact, we are quite sure that the 'lo' position is even a better racing position, if that race is a technical cyclocross, for example!
So now we have look at it not only from “style of riding” perspective but also from “terrain” perspective. Check the chart below for the suggested axle position use for different riding conditions.
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