Gravel Grinder News: Fyxation Expands Carbon Fork Offerings- by Guitar Ted
Fyxation, the Wisconsin based company that has offered a carbon gravel frame and fork, steel gravel bikes, and an aftermarket carbon fork for gravel, has expanded their fork offerings.
The company announced today that two new fork offerings under the Sparta model name will be available to riders now. The two models cover a wide range of needs and bikes.These two forks are an outgrowth of the success Fyxation had with the original Sparta fork, which was meant to be an upgrade to the company’s own Quiver frame.
“We realized early on that the versatility of the Sparta would fill the needs of many riders, but the adoption across so many models has been exciting to see. The Sparta was exactly what people were looking for and allows many riders to upgrade their existing bike with a lightweight and versatile carbon fork with gear mounts, thru axle and flat mount brake standard. We have customers all around the world using Spartas on their Salsas, Surlys, Lynskeys, Konas… you name it. We continue to expand our list for the number of frames that are compatible with our Sparta fork and we’re finding new ones every day.” – Nick Ginster, co-founder of Fyxation Bicycle Company.
First up there is the new full carbon Sparta FCR (Full Carbon Race) which has an 1 1/8th” to 1 1/2″ tapered steer tube and a 12mm through axle interface for the wheel. It also has the three ubiquitous bosses, seen here on each fork leg, which any self-respecting adventure bike has to have these days. Of course, those are compatible with Salsa Cycle’s Anything Cage racks. You could also use them for extra water bottle cages. (If you haven’t tried fork mounted water bottles, you should. It’s awesome.)
Further adaptability comes in the form of a dynamo wire route, allowing riders to cleanly run a wire through one of the fork’s legs. Finally, the through axle has been redesigned to allow the rider the choice to keep the lever on or to remove it. The lever hides a 5mm hex key, so it can double as a tool as well.
The Sparta FCR has a claimed weight of 500 grams and retails for $420.00. The through axle is a 12mm standard. The fork can handle up to a 42mm tire, (40mm w/fender), and a 650B X 50mm wheel and tire. The brake routing is internal, and the fork supports internal dynamo wire routing as well. Brake mounting standard is of the flat mount variety. It also should be noted that this fork is not recommended for “low rider” type racks for pannier mounting as Fyxation says this is meant for ultra-light bike packing and racing only. A list of known compatible frames and more information on this fork can be found here.
The other fork under the Sparta banner is perhaps a bit more interesting since it could be used to lighten up that old steel gravel grinder you have with the “traditional” 1 1/8th diameter steer tube. It is dubbed the Sparta QR (Quick Release) and obviously, it is meant for wheels with standard quick release attachment.
Most of the same specs and features carry over from the Sparta FCR with the Sparta QR having different features like the quick release drop outs, straight aluminum steer tube, lack of dynamo routing, and the Sparta QR’s two side mounted bosses on each fork leg. The Sparta QR weighs a bit more at a claimed 747 grams (uncut steer tube) and costs a little less at $299.00.
You can see and learn more about the Sparta QR fork, along with suggested frame compatibility, by clicking here.
Note: All images and the information used for this post was provided via a press release from Fyxation Bicycle Company
8 thoughts on “Gravel Grinder News: Fyxation Expands Carbon Fork Offerings”
Nice looking forks with QR dropouts that point forward as they need to for disc brakes, but only 300mm long steerers. Leaves out those of us with big frames and an upright position.
@Tom in MN- Riding Gravel has one of the QR forks in hand now. The steer tube measures 11 3/4’s inches long. I’d say that was plenty generous. I don’t know of many forks outside of custom forks that would have longer steer tubes as stock.
Well, Enve’s has a 350mm: https://www.enve.com/en/products/g-series-gravel-fork/
And many steel forks like Surly’s LHT do. But most carbon forks seem to only have 300mm (11.8 in) steerers for some reason. Perhaps it’s due to the typical restriction they place on amount of carbon steerer extending above the top headset bearing and not wanting to make it easy to exceed it.
A little disappointing that the fork won’t accept a 700×50 tire.
Agreed, that’s what actually kept me from purchasing
Guitar Ted how or who may I order the Sparta QR fork from, for my 2016 Raleigh Tamland? Do I need some kinda adapter?
@TM Gregory- https://www.fyxation.com/collections/forks/products/sparta-qr-all-road-carbon-fork