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Lauf Carbonara Fork Preview by – Kevin Breitenbach

The postman told me that I had a large package…at the airport post office. I promptly drove down and retrieved a rather large, yet feather light package. Uncle Gomez sent me up a Lauf Carbonara fork to test. I was expecting a used and somewhat tortured demo unit, but I found a brand new fork in the box.

As the story tells it on their website http://www.laufforks.com/ the idea all started in 2010. Based out of Iceland; a land of the midnight sun, geothermal features, and nasty north atlantic weather,  some bike loving engineers wanted change the way riders looked at bike suspension.

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Considering the relatively short period of time developing a product that is an out of the box idea. The product looks very refined, while the box and packaging is rather nice, their sense of humor is evident immediately. #keepfatbikesfun.

Inside the box there’s setup instructions and a user’s guide to assure proper use of the fork. (more sense of humor.)

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The Lauf Carbonara is in a league of its own in the world of suspension forks. It’s an interesting take, based on leaf spring design in which the wheel has 60mm of simple, maintenance free travel.

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Picking it up, it’s astoundingly light.  Without a 15mm thru axle it weighs in at a minimal 1096 grams. That’s only 398 grams heavier than a Fatback rigid carbon fork. It’s also about 700 grams less Bluto than a Bluto.

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The Carbonara has a tapered steer tube and 150mm hub spacing just like the Bluto. If you’re into measurements, it’s 494mm from axle to crown and it has a 51 mm rake. It requires using at least a180mm brake rotor.

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It has tire clearance for up to 26” x 4.8” (on first inspection, it clears a 5” Dillinger on an 80mm with plenty of room to spare) or 29”x 3.0” tires for fast summer riding.

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I’m looking forward to getting a report back to Fat-bike.com headquarters after the last throws of winter hangings on through April here in Fairbanks. I look forward to riding the Lauf in a lot of different conditions during a nasty shoulder season that begs to ruin bike components. Truth be told, I hope for a quick Spring time break up so I can ride this thing on our rocky ridgelines that are only exposed when the sun lingers late into the night. This should be a lot of fun.

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2 Responses to Lauf Carbonara Fork Preview by – Kevin Breitenbach

  1. Wooly Bling Puppy March 25, 2016 at 12:53 am #

    The suspense! The SUSPENSE!!!??!!! :D.

  2. Wade March 25, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    @.o

    What is used for damping with the leaf springs?
    Just curious…