Director Forks are shipping now.
– New steerer tube and leg joint is stronger than conventional designs.
– Butted and tapered “direct” legs prevent rail and grind hang-ups.
– 10mm hollow integrated leg dropouts.
– 1 lb. 15.6 oz. (895.8g) with uncut 170mm steerer tube and pre-load bolt.
– 3/8” axle slots only.
– Rustproof finishing prior to powdercoating.
– Black and white (limited soon).
Expect to see them at distributors/shops in roughly two weeks.
Info straight from the box is as follows:
While the Director Fork may look different from what you’re used to, the geometry and feel is an identical match with traditional forks. The axle is in the same position as it would be with a “normal” fork design.
The Director’s differences are rooted in the use of new construction techniques. The steerer tube is connected to the legs by using a joint design that is a substantial improvement over ordinary tubular crown forks. The legs have been angled forward so the hollow dropouts can blend smoothly into the leg tubing, while also maintaining a “traditional” axle position. By running the legs “directly” from where the load is applied (at the steerer tube), to where it is reacted against (at the axle), the mechanical efficiency has been maximized in this structure. The end result is improved performance and durability.
The dropouts are formed from the leg itself, rather than being a basic welded on plate that is left to “flap in the breeze” like on a conventional fork. This design, combined with a 10mm thickness, makes bent dropouts a thing of the past. The hollow dropouts are not only dramatically stronger, they’re lighter too.
While weighing in at less than most “racing specific” chromoly forks, the Director Fork is intended for use with every style of riding.
All of the current Classic Forks are obviously still available in black and assorted colors.
I ran out of time today, and will get on to the other stuff I’ve mentioned on Wednesday – time permitting.