On Test: Lauf TR29 fork

The Lauf fork has generated a fair bit of chatter on The Hub. We thought we'd throw ourselves into the conversation and give the Lauf TR29 a ride.
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The Lauf fork looks strange but that's because it is strange. It boasts 60mm of travel by using the flex of glassfibre springs. Essentially a modern twist on the leaf spring suspension design (Lauf meaning leaf in Icelandic).

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So why a Lauf fork?


Weighing in at 990g with a 175mm steerer and axle in place, making it at least half a kilogram lighter than most conventional XC forks.

Considering the low weight and limited travel of the Lauf, it fits comfortably between a conventional lightweight cross-country fork and a carbon rigid fork.

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Another significant advantage is that the Lauf fork has no moving parts, meaning that maintenance is zero. Lauf claim their test forks have under gone 170 thousand hits without showing any sign of fatigue. No need to track your hours before that next costly service and no stanchions to wipe each ride.

Because the springs are pre-set, Lauf offer two models designed for riders of different weights. The regular fork (the fork we will be riding) caters for riders over 65kg (topping out at 110kg) while the light fork suits riders under 70kg.

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Lauf vs The World


The modern air sprung XC fork is a masterpiece with many useful (some would say indispensable) features. Lauf itself is a unique design in cycling, using modern composite materials, it reinvents the old. Lauf claim the springs provide progressive travel, meaning small bump sensitivity while handling bigger hits. But does it perform well enough to earn its place in modern day mountain biking? We'll let you know in our full review coming soon.

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Bottoming out is dealt with by these rubber stopper.

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We're not big on unboxings but the box the Lauf arrived in did catch our attention.

Lastly, a valuable point often ignored in reviews is a component's ability to suspend your car in mid-air. Evidently, the Lauf does this well:


Technical details



  • Wheels29” or 27.5”

  • Travel60mm / 2.35” travel

  • Weightsub 990g / 2.18lbs (175mm steerer with Lauf axle)

  • Unsprung weight260g unsprung weight

  • Spring rateRegular (over 65kg riders) and Light (under 70kg riders)

  • Axle15mm Lauf thru axle

  • Rake48mm (29") / 45mm (27.5")

  • Axle to crown485mm (29") / 466mm (27.5")

  • SteererTapered 1 1/8” - 1 1/2” (uncut length 250mm)

  • Min rotor size180mm

  • Max tire width2.35”

  • Rider weight limit110kg / 243lbs

  • ColoursCarbon red, carbon orange, carbon green, carbon blue, carbon white, full white, full red, naked glossy, naked matte.






57 Comments

Odinson, Apr 17 2015 07:15

There is no commentary on the ride in the article. 

Matt, Apr 17 2015 07:25

There is no commentary on the ride in the article. 

 

We were pretty excited to receive the Lauf so this is a preview (a teaser if you like) to the full review. Any content with the "ON TEST" prefix will be a preview of what's to come and importantly it offers a space to get feedback from the community on what they'd like to know about the product while we're testing.

In the full review we'll feature a commentary on the ride in different conditions and from different rider perspectives.

 

Karma, Apr 17 2015 07:33

Lifting a Landy with it is not a true test of its strength, giving it to jcmeyerss for a week is.

NicoBoshoff, Apr 17 2015 07:36

So will this be tested past it's apparent dirt roadie target i.e. on trails people usually ride, with the odd big hit thrown in?

amasendeinja, Apr 17 2015 07:48

Lauf also means walk in German, make of that translation what you will 😜

RocknRolla, Apr 17 2015 08:31

I laufed when I saw the Thread title...reminded me of the other Lauf Thread,,,

Nick, Apr 17 2015 08:39

So will this be tested past it's apparent dirt roadie target i.e. on trails people usually ride, with the odd big hit thrown in?

 

Trails are scarce for us Southern Suburbers at the moment and our time with the Lauf is short. But yes, I am hoping to get it out to Hoogekraal or Welvanpas this weekend. I've ridden it the last two days on Table Mountain so the dirt roadie testing it done.

tunariaan, Apr 17 2015 10:33

no man ride it properly

Tankwa , Pioneer, Epic, Attekwas 

IH8MUD, Apr 17 2015 10:41

Quanto Costa?

Jaco-fiets, Apr 17 2015 10:41

What price range are they aiming at?

Donovan Le Cok, Apr 17 2015 11:00

Give it a good workout at the Chris Nixon pump track.

xcd, Apr 17 2015 11:06

What stops you from bouncing ? As you cannot set the rebound.

Mongoose!, Apr 17 2015 11:11

No Lock out?

Meerkat82, Apr 17 2015 11:29

LAUF... round 2... I am eagerly awaiting feedback.

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Apr 17 2015 12:13

no man ride it properly
Tankwa , Pioneer, Epic, Attekwas


"Our time with the Lauf is short"...

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Apr 17 2015 12:13

No Lock out?


No laufing matter...

Ko-liz, Apr 17 2015 01:24

Hi guys...
I have been riding this fork for over a year now on our trails.
Fitted to a Cannondale Flash Alloy 29er.

Welvanpas, Jonkershoek, Meerendal, etc... No problem.
I am not that fast a descender, but I am no slouch either.
This fork is more than capable, and un-adjustable rebound not an issue. I just learned to choose my lines better.
Climbing and out of the saddle performance is also great.

Meerkat82, Apr 17 2015 01:26

I am getting my popcorn

Karma, Apr 17 2015 01:29

Hi guys...
I have been riding this fork for over a year now on our trails.
Fitted to a Cannondale Flash Alloy 29er.

Welvanpas, Jonkershoek, Meerendal, etc... No problem.
I am not that fast a descender, but I am no slouch either.
This fork is more than capable, and un-adjustable rebound not an issue. I just learned to choose my lines better.
Climbing and out of the saddle performance is also great.

 

another 1st time poster...

Meerkat82, Apr 17 2015 01:34

another 1st time poster...

 

 

my thoughts exactly

Monark, Apr 17 2015 01:58

a lauf on a cx bike?

Hairy, Apr 17 2015 07:28

Ko Liz....pics of your bike with the fork fitted or it did not happen.

This reminds me of a thread from a few weeks ago.

gummibear, Apr 17 2015 08:16

Lauf also means walk in German, make of that translation what you will

Lauf means run in German :oops:  

 

Walk is gehen :ph34r:

Eagle_i, Apr 17 2015 09:06

What's the timeframe to market and availability going to be in SA?

Jimmy 2.0, Apr 17 2015 10:17

What's the timeframe to market and availability going to be in SA?

at the moment you have to order directly from the factory