Made-in-Germany metal bikemaker Bitter wished a brand new carbon gravel fork for his or her journey bikes, however they have an inclination to go a bit onerous off-road. So, Bitter created The Enterprise – a fork developed to move the hardest exams within the business so you possibly can trip wherever and so far as journey takes you. Apparently, Bitter’s The Enterprise can also be the primary fork to move impartial take a look at lab EFBE’s grueling Tri-Take a look at – a 3-part take a look at going far past primary take a look at requirements to higher tackle the way in which cyclists push the bounds with fashionable bikes off-the-beaten-track…
Bitter Enterprise ultra-tough carbon gravel bikepacking fork
On the skin, the brand new Bitter Enterprise fork seems to be fairly normal for a well-featured fashionable carbon gravel bikepacking fork. However Bitter sweated the small print much more, to carry journey riders one other stage of energy and sturdiness, so it may well go anyplace you dream to roam.
Why is it referred to as the Enterprise fork? Properly, final yr Bitter made a heavy-duty BMX-style metal bikepacking fork for his or her Pasta Social gathering off-road journey 29er – dubbed the Social gathering fork. This new carbon mannequin continues to be adventure-ready, however quite a bit lighter and prone to be ridden fairly a bit quicker… all enterprise.
Why the EFBE Tri-Take a look at?
When an organization desires to essentially see simply how robust it may well construct a motorbike or bike part, for nearly thirty years they’ve typically turned to the trusted EFBE take a look at lab. Their benchmark Tri-Take a look at doesn’t cease at standard restricted bicycle testing requirements, however topics a part to harder fatigue exams, most load exams, AND overload exams – all designed to push a brand new part to the intense and see the way it actually would maintain as much as a lifetime of precise using and abuse. The Tri-Take a look at has actually turn out to be the brand new benchmark for design engineers seeking to create the hardest bikes and parts.
The carbon Bitter Enterprise fork was tri-tested to cyclocross & gravel’s situation 2 again in February – passing EFBE’s bending fatigue take a look at, brake mount fatigue take a look at, static bending take a look at, static brake take a look at, and most load/ overload take a look at.
Need to study extra about what EFBE does? Learn extra at their Tri-Take a look at course of description.
The total carbon Bitter Enterprise gravel fork incorporates a 1.5″ tapered steerer, semi-internal brake line & dynamo wire routing (not by the steerer), a number of mounts, and 700c x 55mm max tire clearance. The dynamo routing in the best fork leg exists by a 3d-printed information underneath the fork crown to direct wiring to a entrance gentle and again to the body for a taillight, too.
The mounts embrace 3-pack something cage eyelets on every leg, with the decrease of those 3 eyelets going fully by the leg in order that it may well assist a low-rider rack along with the mount on the entrance of the crown. That implies that every cargo cage might carry as much as 7.5kg per aspect, or a low-rider rack linked at 3-points can haul as much as 15kg. The fork additionally will get fender mounts down on the backside too, and a replaceable threaded insert for the 12mm thru-axle.
The fork will get FM160 direct flat mount disc brake mounting for elevated energy, and fewer elements that may fail. That does imply that it mounts a regular (usually 140mm) caliper by the fork leg with out an adapter, very similar to a rear flat mount brake. But it surely does imply which you can’t run smaller than a 160mm rotor, and for instance, should you use Campagnolo brakes, it’s worthwhile to use the 140mm caliper, not the 160mm direct mount entrance caliper.
The fork has a 403mm axle-to-crown size, and 45mm offset. Bitter claims a weight of 550g – the fork with 300mm uncut steerer examined by EFBE weighed an precise 552.9g based on their testing report.
Bitter The Enterprise fork – Pricing & availability
Technically, the brand new Enterprise fork was meant to be the brand new normal carbon fork choice for Bitter’s 1050€ made-in-Germany Purple Haze gravel body, including simply 250€ on high of the body, and even together with a headset. A reasonably whole lot, I believe.
And Bitter provides numerous painted-to-match and even customized portray choices like on this buyer’s loopy customized bike – be at liberty to debate that cut-in-half-bar clamped right into a wacky customized metal stem within the feedback.
However, Bitter acknowledged that customized body builders and people already with a extra primary fork, would possibly need to get an off-road adventure-ready improve, too. So, you may also purchase one separate from a Bitter body for 450€. It’ll be up on their webshop quickly, however within the meantime, you possibly can attain out to them straight right here to order one.