23/09/2019 - Fork Offset - Does It Matter?

Fork Offset - Does It Matter?

HELM29 forks with 51mm offset aboard a Cotic RocketMAX

Cy explains his views on forks offsets after much testing....

Given some of the chatter that other brands have been pushing recently I've had quite a few emails asking about what fork offset works best and what my thoughts are.

My take on fork offsets is that it's a personal preference, and the marketing budgets of other brands are making it a bigger thing that it actually is.

I have tried the RocketMAX with all the available 29er offsets: 42mm (short, on Lyrics), 46mm (X Fusion Trace 36 and McQueen) and 51mm (my current Cane Creek HELM29) and they all handle great. Slightly differently, but good.

With my preferred bar width of 770mm across the grips I do prefer the slightly shorter offset, although I'll be honest I couldn't tell the difference between 42mm and 46mm. I have to use 785mm bars to get a similarly calm feel on the 51mm offset as it's more lively around the straight ahead position. The slightly more linear rate of response of the shorter offset works a little better with the narrower bar width.

Remember though, this is real Princess-and-the-pea stuff. It's my job to be sensitive to these things. I'd be very surprised if anyone getting any of the Cotic 29ers was anything other than really stoked on the handling so long as they had a fork they liked, set up nicely, it will be all good.

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