The Italians behind brake company Formula, are continuing to march forward into the suspension market after debuting the ’33’ fork last year. Designed as an XC/Trail fork, we reviewed the ’33’ in the last issue of Enduro magazine and came away very impressed with the linear feel to the dual-spring arrangement and the overall rigidity of the chassis. Formulas first fork option has been well-reviewed elsewhere around the world, though with only 85-100-120mm travel options, up until now they had only catered for the XC crowd.
However, that looks set to change with the release of the bigger, badder and longer-travel ’35’ fork.
Following the same naming theme as the ’33’ fork, the ’35’ gets 35mm diameter stanchions to create a very beefy-looking unit that is likely to find its way onto longer travel trail bikes and Gravity-Enduro machines. There will be two versions of the fork; one designed for 29″ wheels, and one designed 27.5″ wheels. Both forks use 7000 series butted alloy for the stanchions, one-piece magnesium lowers with 6″ Post Mount disc brake tabs and a 15mm thru-axle. Travel differs between the two however, with the big-wheeled fork getting 100-140mm of travel (internally adjustable via a spacer arrangement), and the 650B fork getting 120-160mm of travel (also internally adjustable). Claimed weight on the 29″ fork is 1700 grams, while the 27.5″ fork comes in at 1650 grams.
Underneath the anodized valve cap lies a schraeder valve for adjusting air pressure. However, in addition to the air spring, the ’35’ also uses what Formula call “Dual Coil Technology”, which possibly resembles the coil helper spring used inside the ’33’ fork. Unfortunately we’re not entirely sure if it’s an exact replication of that technology or if it is a new system again. What we do know is that they will also utilise the ‘Low-Friction Polymeric Bushings’ first shown on the ’33’ forks, which means they’ll likely be buttery smooth.
The adjustment dial at the top of the right fork leg more accurately resembles the inside of a high-end watch. On the top of the fork crown is adjustable low-speed compression, a lockout lever and a lockout threshold adjust. While it looks unusual, everything is crafted from quality anodized alloy and the limited real estate is used efficiently – plus, we like the unique look. The damper is sealed like the one in our ’33’ test fork, so lubrication oil is separated from the damping oil for less cavitation and reduced servicing requirements for the damper. Beyond that, we’ll have to wait and see if there’s any scope for internal tuning when the forks arrive in the next couple of months.
We don’t have an expected RRP to pass on as of yet, but given the ’33’ fork comes in at $1049, we wouldn’t expect the ’35’ to be dramatically more expensive. What’s assured is that it will come in cheaper than an equivalent Fox Fork and probably closer to the new RockShox Pike. The new forks are due to arrive in July this year and we’ll have more info as it arrives.
For more details and to place your pre-order, contact: www.eightyonespices.com.au