It was early last year (2015) that I heard about Lauf Forks and their new leaf (lauf) springs that were new to the market, offering light, maintenance free trail absorbance comfortable off road riding.
With my Brand Ambassadorship with Michael and Travers Bikes I spoke via the interent with Lauf and hooked the two companies together and I started my obsession in the unusual.
First to arrive were my 29er Trail Racers pictured above these went on my 29er Travers Rudy.
It was joined in June by a 2nd one, this time a Carbonara Fat Bike fork that went on my new Travers Bat Fastard 5″ Fat Bike
I would be the first to admit that I didn’t think that suspension forks on a Fat Bike were needed but the Lauf Carbonara really changes the goal posts, they are amazing bringing any rigid bike to life with no weight addition.
Jump forward to mid this year while working with Michael on his new “adventure bike” the DRITi and Lauf’s announcement for a new 30mm travel GRIT fork that would be perfect for my new bike, I got one on order and it’s due to me in only 2 or 3 weeks time on the complete build (late July 2016)
In the mean time late in June last month, I rode my rigid 29er+ Travers Rudy Fat for 3 very bruising and battering laps of Llandegla trail centre, making me wish for a 29er+ version of the Lauf forks. A little bit of internet hunting brought up the fact that the Lauf Carbonara fat bike fork (above photo) is also a 29er+ fork. The fork was duly ordered and it arrived in no time at all.
It got put on the 29er+ and it brought the bike to life, what was a great bike is now an awesome bike for bike packing and longer rides when comfort is needed over speed. Here it is all loaded up after a 2 night trip away in North Wales last weekend.
So, now I have 3 Lauf forks with another on the way
After 4000 miles I think that these are absolutely perfect for my “wheels on the ground” type of cross country off road riding, there’s talk of rebound issues which I’ve never had a problem with, I feel that the Lauf/leaf suspension works much quicker than standard suspension forks with no friction or stiction.
When out of the saddle climbing aggressively it’s a little weird looking down at your front wheel moving from left to right in the fork ever so slightly as the leaf (lauf) springs on either side of the wheel are not connected and work independently from each other, but it’s not an issue in the riding conditions that I’ve put them through.
Now, I’m no bike journalist who can wax lyrical about how they ride, their advantages and disadvantages, there are many reviews on line that you can find, some good, some indifferent early ones following Lauf’s launch where people were comparing them against “normal” suspension forks, but this didn’t stop me falling in love with them.
Another reason I love them is that they are unusual, they stand out, they have zero maintenence, and can be left covered in mud if you can’t be bothered to clean them, they still work just as well clean or filthy and I also like that some people can’t stand the way they look.
Just for you Greg 😉
And I look forward to the arrival of my 4th set, the 30mm GRIT forks in a couple of weeks.
All the info you need can be found on Google and on here www.laufforks.com