The Rodeo Spork bike fork is a solution to a problem that we came up with when developing the Traildonkey 2.0. There are a LOT of great forks out there, but nobody made a full carbon – high clearance – rack mountable – fender mountable – through axle – flat mount disc brake – tapered steertube – trail ready fork. So we made it ourselves.
The Rodeo Spork is primarily designed for our bikes, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t like to share. The Rodeo Spork is available to anyone who shares the same fork needs as we do.
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In case you missed it the first time, here are the Spork's key features
Built For Trail First
The Spork isn’t a delicate utensil to be used only for carving up pavement. First and foremost it’s a sturdy instrument built for surviving the use and abuse of trail riding. At 510 grams (average) we didn’t milk every bit of weight in search of gossamer heights, we left meat on the bone and tested the fork to mountain bike standards, not pavement standards. The result is all carbon main fork and steer tube that will go where you take it, and we hope that you take it some crazy places. Can you take it on the road? Of course! Our layup assures great handling and road manners on anything from slow cruises to fast descents.
Flat Mount Brakes.
New to the scene in recent years is the new flat mount disc brake standard. Originated by Shimano for the sake of streamlining road caliper weight and appearances, it was quickly adopted by the rest of the industry. The flat mount standard offers the ability to use a lower profile caliper with a 140mm rotor when desired, but it can also switch to 160mm with a quick flip of the flat mount base plate. Clever stuff. Flat mounts are also reverse compatible with post mount disc brakes so no legacy rotors are left behind. Simply use a flat mount to post mount adapter and you’re good to go. Flexibility is a hallmark of the Spork.
More and more modern drop bar bikes demand bigger and bigger tire clearances. You don’t just need room for the tire, you also need room for the elements that stick to the tire. We built 56mm of clearance into the Spork when using a 700c wheel. Even with room for large treads a slick road tire still looks at home on the Spork. The Spork also accepts 650b wheels for even more tire options such as the Horizon 47c. Spork is not a monster cross fork designed to fit 2.0 and larger tires. Horizontal clearance at 650b is 60mm
Tapered Steer Tube
For the sake of maximum stiffness we used a tapered steer tube design for the Spork. The design requires an IS42 upper bearing and IS52 lower bearing. All Rodeo frames are built to this spec, but some other frames are not. It is still possible to use the Spork on a non-tapered head tube bike by using external bearing races such as those offered by Cane Creek (pictured) or the Chris King i7. Frames with non tapered head tubes using these external cups must have a 44mm internal diameter head tube
Racks & Fenders
There are quite a few excellent CX/adventure style fork options on the market but if you want to start bolting things onto those forks the options quickly plummet to near zero or, actually zero. We solved this. The Spork features a robust crown mounting point molded through the crown. It is designed to accept male/female threaded hardware instead of threading into the fork itself. The mid leg mount hardware have an increased radius crimp/bonding area for a more durable connection between metal and carbon. The mid mount hardware also threads through both walls of each fork leg, not just one. This distributes the load across more area. UPDATE: We have revised the retail Spork to 1.1 spec which now includes dual mid-leg mounts for even more mounting options. The internal layup of the fork was reinforced with unbroken carbon strips along the length of the legs just to make sure everything is tied together well. The fork also has a third set of mounting point near the axle allowing for a wide spectrum of rack and fender options.
Drawings and Measurements
Mid leg mount measurements:
172 mm from axle center
226 mm from bearing seat
Sporks are available now. Stock varies, but can be checked and ordered here:
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Builders and Dealers
We are excited to work with third party builders and dealers who are interested in offering the Spork either as a part of bike builds or independently as an aftermarket purchase. We will offer industry pricing to builders and dealers which will vary based on quantities needed. Inquiries can be made through the contact page on our site or at the bottom of this page.