Intend Bicycle Elements is coming into what they time period “The Inexperienced Age”. That’s not a reference to environmental points as it might counsel; moderately, it signifies Intend’s swap to using higher-end fork internals for the Hero All-Mountain/Path Fork and the Edge Enduro Fork. With out growing the value of both of these USD forks, Intend is upgrading the seals, shim stacks, damping pistons and crowns to make the aforementioned forks lighter, extra delicate, extra sturdy, and extra tuneable to a wider vary of riders. Plus, with the addition of the Linearizer, adjustment of the forks’ air spring curve can also be on the desk.
Intend Inexperienced Age Fork Internals
Any longer, all Intend Hero and Edge forks shall be offered with the Inexperienced Age seals and internals at no additional value to the shopper. Cornelius Kapfinger and his crew have spent the final 1.5 years growing a brand new shim stack for his or her lengthy journey forks, the objective being to “discover the candy spot for consolation riders and racers”. The exterior adjustment now affords a wider vary of damping traits, permitting the rider to discover a delicate setup or a agency setup, with out having to strip the fork down and set up a customized shim stack.
The piston itself is up to date, too. The Inexperienced Age damping compression and rebound pistons are mentioned to have higher oil circulation and fewer hysteresis, leading to extra constant damping over the course of an extended descent. Improved seals on and across the pistons lead to extra exact oil circulation by each piston instructions.
The primary distinction between the earlier pistons and the Inexperienced Age pistons are the bigger oil circulation ports. You’ll additionally discover the corners of these bigger oil ports are chamfered. Intend say that with the grinded floor they had been capable of obtain 100% flatness, stopping any potential stiction of the shims on the piston.
Intend at the moment are utilizing Inexperienced Age mud wipers, too. These are fabricated from a FKM, a fluoroelastomer that provides diminished friction as in comparison with the standard D35 OEM SKF seals.
Intend Bonded Crown Expertise
Once more, at no additional value to the shopper, Intend are additionally updating the Hero and Edge fork crowns with a lighter, bonded model. It’s mainly a milled-out model of the crown used on the Intend Flash fork. The discount of fabric saves round 43g as in comparison with the earlier Edge crown. Regardless of the decrease weight, the crown’s stiffness is maintained, and has has been licensed as E-Gravity-ready at EFBE Prüftechnik in Germany.
Along with the improved vary of damping changes that include the brand new Inexperienced Age pistons, Intend are additionally growing fork tuneability with the introduction of the Linearizer. It appears like a large quantity spacer, besides that it’s sealed on the finish, basically making a second optimistic air chamber, the stress of which could be externally adjusted to tune the air spring’s curve.
As soon as put in, the Linearizer basically behaves very similar to the Manitou Mezzer’s Infinite Charge Tune. Because the fork is pushed by its journey, the air inside the first optimistic air chamber is compressed. When the stress inside that main optimistic chamber matches that of the secondary optimistic air chamber, the Linearizer will transfer to compress the air contained in the secondary optimistic chamber.
Intend have this to say concerning the Linearizer: “The Linearizer doesn’t essentially make your fork higher. It actually will depend on your driving type and preferences. The common air spring comes with 2 quantity spacer choices which ought to give most riders adequate ramp-up. Additionally our spring curve is already fairly linear and the added mid-stroke help is marginal. Usually you might say that the common 2-chamber system is extra comfy, whereas the Linearizer air spring will add a little bit of firmness, which often is sensible in actually gnarly and large compression terrain, or race circumstances”.
The Linearizer is suitable with Intend Edge, Hero, Bandit and Infinity forks, in addition to the 2022 Intend Flash fork. It is going to retail at 91.60 €. If you would like it put in in a brand new fork, simply add it to your basket and take a look at and the oldsters at Intend will set up it earlier than delivery.
Lastly, Intend has added an USD particular mud guard referred to as the Defender. It bolts onto Intend Edge, Hero, Flash and Bandit forks by way of a 5mm Allen bolt on the backside of the steerer tube. It is going to retail at 20,17 € excl. Vat.
Oh, yet another factor. The World’s Lightest 120mm Fork is one step nearer to manufacturing. The Intend Samurai has efficiently handed sturdiness and stress checks. Intend can’t give us a selected date but, however they reckon it will likely be prepared come the winter festivities.