Intend’s only non-inverted fork is fantastically boutique. The 7075 aluminium lowers are CNC-machined in sections then bolted and bonded with each other.
A clever, reversible volume spacer delivers two development alternatives, or it can be taken out totally, providing 3 development choices in 1. I eradicated it to get a lot more guidance in the center of the vacation without having the final 20mm or so starting to be inaccessible.
I required the rebound entirely open up for it to remain totally active about speedy-fire hits, any slower and sensitivity would suffer. This placing was ideal for me, but lighter riders, specifically in cold temperatures, may perhaps not be in a position to get it rapid ample for some trails.
Intend recommends 1 to 1.1psi for every kilo of bodyweight. At 85kg, I attempted everything from 80 to 100psi, but settled on 90 – any a lot less and it lacked support below braking. But even at this pressure, it’s not as settled into the really initially element of the vacation as most forks, generating it significantly less ground-hugging when off the brakes.
This rather firm commencing to the journey also signifies it tops-out when pulling up to guide or hopping obstructions, even with the rebound slower than I’d like.
Since the valve fills the two positive and adverse chambers at the same time, location the force with the fork 10mm into its vacation overfills the unfavorable chamber, bettering off-the-leading sensitivity and reducing the best-out situation. It decreases the readily available journey by 5 to 10mm but gives great preliminary suppleness. However, the air spring will re-set itself immediately after a when.
Set up like this, traction and sensitivity have been pretty excellent. Friction was saved impressively low and it takes incredibly minor power to budge it from its sagged posture and reacts to modest bumps extremely properly. It feels supple and active specifically in the center portion of its vacation.
Nonetheless, on fast, sq.-edged hits and rough, superior-load turns, there is somewhat much more comments and waywardness than with a RockShox Lyrik or Fox 36, for instance.
Intend sent about a lighter substantial-speed compression damping circuit, which is easy enough to swap out, but this didn’t seriously enable. It could be that the fork is binding or flexing on these jarring impacts, but it is challenging to be guaranteed supplied I can only check the fork as a comprehensive package.
Even so, the sensitivity is remarkable and these shortcomings are fairly subtle and only surface area often on selected varieties of terrain.
How we examined
We tested 7 burly enduro forks, and to make it a truthful take a look at, all forks experienced 170mm vacation, all around 42mm offset and ended up equipped to a 29in wheel. The exact bike was employed (a Privateer 161), with an identical setup and tyre pressures all through.
We worked challenging to optimise the set up of each and every fork by experimenting back and forth with all the accessible changes. Then they had been examined back again-to-back on the exact common trails and in the similar problems, utilizing an uplift to minimise the time in between runs so the previous fork’s performance was fresh in our minds. Only when tests like this do the discrepancies amongst forks stand out.
The regular of forks on test was considerably increased than 2020, and some new or upgraded styles have seen firm favourites tumbling down the rankings.