A lot has been said about the Lauf brand of leaf-sprung suspension forks. The Icelandic company originally targeted the cross-country market, and soon after, the growing fat bike sector. Now, Lauf has gravel riders in its sights with the Lauf Grit.
It’s fair to say that Lauf’s unique fork design has been met with a mixed reception – their sub-kilo weight was certainly a boon, as was the stiction-free performance of the 60mm travel the leaf springs provided. Stiffness in more technical terrain is an issue and the looks, well, they divided opinion. Speaking to the Lauf engineers in Iceland last year, our thoughts that the incredibly supple suspension suited a rough-road situation perfectly was clearly echoed in their thoughts, with vague hints that something of that ilk was on the way.
Glass fiber leaf springs connect carbon upper and lower legs
And here it is – the Lauf Grit. The same carbon front legs are linked to the axle-holding carbon lowers by glass-fibre leaf springs, providing 30mm of travel. The Grit is capable of holding up to 700cx42mm tyres, or 650bx2.1in, so it could be fitted to a wide range of bikes — from gravel, to CX and potentially commuters looking for extra comfort on rough roads. The fork comes with two axle compatibilities – 100x12mm and 100x15mm. It will accept 160mm disc rotors, using the flatmount standard.
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