Posted by Miles Arbour
Although there are more and more drop-bar bikes claiming massive tire clearance, there aren’t that many carbon forks to go along with them. Especially for bikepackers looking for three-pack mounts, dynamo routing, and thru-axles, the choices are few and far between. Thankfully, Whisky Parts is on it. Joining our list of Utility Forks with Bottle Cage Mounts, the new Whisky No.9 MCX “monster cross” fork offers all of the above with an 415mm AC-height specced for some gravel bikes, plus massive tire clearance for both 29 x 2.0″ and 27.5 x 2.4″ tires. Whisky goes on to explain that, “a relatively short 415mm axle-to-crown minimizes the geometry effects of a larger fork, and a 51mm offset improves toe clearance with large tires or fenders. The design draws from our CX forks, with lightweight carbon construction, a 12mm thru axle, and flat-mount brakes.” If you’re looking for a Boost 110 mountain bike fork, be sure to check out the recently released No.9 MTN LT.
*Note that the 415mm AC Whisky No.9 MCX Monster Cross Fork fork is longer than standard ~400mm gravel forks. It was designed specifically to accommodate much taller 29” tires; typical 400mm forks max out at 700c x 42-45mm tires. According to Whisky, this fork was meant to lead the market, for use with custom bikes and smaller production companies like Gunner and Reeb—both are offering models around this fork length. It was not designed to swap out for most forks that are already specced on gravel bikes. In addition, it will fit some bikes like the Salsa Marrakesh, which also has a 415mm AC height standard.
It’s also worth noting that the MCX fork is tested and approved for mountain riding (ASTM 3 classification), where many other gravel/CX forks are rated for ASTM 2.
- Tire Clearance: 700c x 51mm or 650b x 61mm
- Dropout/Axle: 100 x 12mm
- Construction: Full Carbon
- Axle-to-crown: 415mm*
- Offset: 51mm
- Price: $520 USD
- Manufacturer’s Details: WhiskyParts.co
*Note that many gravel bikes are designed around forks with a ~400mm AC height, so check your bike’s geometry before committing…