Whisky Parts Co. 2013 Preview @ Saddle Drive ’12
Showcased at the front of the Whisky booth during Saddle Drive was the new no. 9 fork. The no. 9 is Whisky’s innovative new disc carbon road/cross fork that uses a shortened version of Rock Shox’s 15mm Maxle system. The new thru axle design will help stiffen up the fork and give riders more confidence in descents and during out-of-the-saddle standing efforts. The Maxle will also help reduce the stress on the fork caused by disc brakes. Whisky forks are built in a three part layup that is purpose built to offer stiffness and structure near the thru-axle, compliance and absorption in the center of the blades and an extra solid crown design for durability and added stiffness.
The no. 9 is being offered in three different application-specific styles. The first is a cyclocross fork that has a 45mm offset and clearance for up to 35mm tires. The second and third versions are road specific with both 43mm and 49mm offsets and clearance for up to 28mm tires. All three forks can accommodate rotors from 140mm all the way up to 180mm. Currently, the steerer tube is only available in a tapered version with no plans in the works for a straight version.
Tags: 15mm, carbon, Cross, Forks, Maxle, Mountain, No. 7, No. 9, Offset, Road, Rock Shox, Thru Axle, Whisky Parts Co