Out­sider Fox 40 off­set crown kit US$295 + ship­ping

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

Re­duc­ing the (crown) off­set of your fork im­proves steer­ing sta­bil­ity, but slows down han­dling. The big brands of­fer a choice of off­sets, but no way to ad­just them to suit dif­fer­ent tracks. That’s where Out­sider come in. We’ve been test­ing their ad­justable-off­set Fox 40 kit, which in­cludes two ma­chined crowns, a steerer tube and four sets of in­serts. As stan­dard, the 650b fork has a 52mm off­set, which Out­sider’s kit lets you ad­just, in in­cre­ments, from +8 to -10mm. At 540g, it weighs just 6g more than the stan­dard crown set. In­stal­la­tion is easy, as is in­sert se­lec­tion, with two 5mm Allen bolts on the steerer se­cur­ing it all. We did come across some set-up is­sues though, need­ing to add spac­ers un­der the top crown and stem to avoid them foul­ing the top tube and top crown, re­spec­tively. Once on the trail, with the -10mm or­ange in­serts fit­ted the bike felt like it held its line bet­ter and tracked cor­ners with more pre­ci­sion, but most no­tably it felt shorter, al­low­ing us to weight the front end more eas­ily, which fur­ther con­trib­uted to bet­ter cor­ner­ing con­trol. If you’re a se­ri­ous fet­tler search­ing for a very spe­cific ride qual­ity, then this could be the prod­uct for you. Ed www.out­sider­bikes.com

A neatly de­signed and ex­e­cuted way to ad­just your fork off­set, but with some set-up nig­gles

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