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A modern gravel fork for your existing bike? The 1 1/8″ Wayfinder from Wilde Bicycle Co. does it all!

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Hey kids, remember back in March of this year when I shared the news about Wilde Bikes’ new waxed canvas bag, the Rack Buddy.

Well, Wilde Bikes are at it again, but this time they’re introducing a new “do-it-all” carbon adventure fork, The Wayfinder! More importantly, the Wayfinder is designed to work with your current bike–even if it doesn’t have a tapered headtube.

Photo c. Wilde Bikes

The new Wayfinder is a welcomed addition to the other aftermarket carbon forks that are available currently, for a few reasons.

The biggest reason, in my opinion, is that the fork appears to be super versatile. It looks to fit a bunch of existing bikes with its pretty standard axle to crown measurement of 398mm and an offset of 49mm.

Add those two features to the fact that it has a straight 1 1/8″ steer tube which gives this fork the awesome ability to retrofit to a bike with the “old” standard 34/34 headtube as well as fit (with the right headset) to newer bikes with tapered 44mm headtubes.

To borrow from the software industry, it’s that kind of “backward compatibility” that makes this fork unique in offering cyclists something the other carbon aftermarket forks, with tapered steer tubes, can’t offer.

Nice moves Wilde!

Wilde Bikes Wayfinder carbon adventure fork Nice lines.

This fork will give a unique opportunity to cyclists that ride older gravel frames or frames from the likes of Surly and All-City, to add both lighter forks and add features to their bikes.

In fact, that was kinda the goal that Jeff Frane, the founder of Wilde Bicycle Co. set out to achieve.

Jeff says on his blog, that with the Wayfinder Carbon Fork, it’s easy to “pair with some of our favorite do-it-all platforms such as the All-City Space Horse, Surly Straggler, All-City Gorilla Monsoon, or Surly Midnight Special. (Having worked at QBP for 13 years and created and managed All-City for 10, I have a bias towards those beauties and designed this with them in mind)”

Wilde Wayfinder fork Internal brake routing Clean internal routing.

The new Wayfinder Fork carries with it a few features that Wilde Bicycles thinks are essential for gravel riding, exploration, or bikepacking.

  1. Three pack mounts
  2. Internal dynamo routing (I totes agree)
  3. Internal brake cable routing
  4. “Real deal” fender mounts
  5. Massive tire clearance (Yatzee!)

Wilde Wayfinder Carbon Fork Internal dynamo routing More clean internal routing, this time: for the dynamo. Plus fork crown fender mount.

The Wayfinder fork has a weight of 470g with the uncut steerer. Wilde says that’s “among the lightest forks on the market”. They also state the Wayfinder was actually designed to be robust, strong and durable while still being engineered to “soak up bumps and isolate riders from road chatter allowing you to go longer and in greater comfort without sacrificing strength and durability.”

The Wilde Bicycle company’s website states the Wayfinder has a max rider weight of 240lbs, which is respectable!

Wilde Wayfinder carbon adventure fork

Retail & Specs

Retail: $499

Specs

  • Fork Weight: 470g with uncut steerer
  • Tire Clearance: 700c X 2.1″ or 27.5″ X 2.3″
  • Axle to Crown – 398mm
  • Rake – 49mm
  • Steerer Length – 350mm
  • Axle – 130mm length 12 x 1.5

Features

  • Three Pack Mounts
  • Flat Mount Brake
  • Thru Axle – 12x100mm
  • Internal Brake Routing
  • Internal Dynamo Routing
  • Fender Mounts
  • Fully Threaded Center Mount

Capacity

  • Three Pack Mount – 6 lbs per side
  • Rack – 20 lbs

Go check out more from Wilde Bicycle Co. at the link below.

wildebikes.com 

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101 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, this modern gravel fork sounds like a game-changer for my bike! Cant wait to try it out and conquer some off-road adventures! #gravelbiking

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but lets not get carried away with the hype. A fancy fork wont magically transform your bike into an off-road beast. Its about skill, not just the equipment. Dont forget that. #KeepItReal

    • Hate to burst your bubble, but the 1 1/8 Wayfinder fork is just another overhyped gimmick. Stick to the basics, mate. #simplicityiskey

    • Oh please, spare us the macho bravado. Gravel forks not only enhance control and stability, but also provide better shock absorption on rough terrains. Riding on the wild side may sound cool, but it wont save you from a bone-jarring ride. #ForkItUp

  2. I dont know about you guys, but Im not convinced about this fancy gravel fork. Whats the big deal anyway? #NotImpressed

  3. Seriously? Strapping a toaster to your bike is not only impractical but also dangerous. A modern gravel fork is specifically designed to enhance your biking experience, providing stability and control on rough terrains. Dont compromise your safety for a half-baked idea.

    • I hate to break it to you, but the 1 1/8 Wayfinder is overrated. Its just another gimmick to make you spend more money on your bike. Save your cash and stick with what you have, its probably just as good.

  4. Wow, this modern gravel fork sounds pretty cool! I wonder if it could handle some serious off-road adventures. #GravelLife

  5. Seriously? A fork? Come on, get real! Theres nothing mind-blowing about a simple utensil. Maybe you need to set your standards a little higher.

  6. Wow, the 1 1/8 Wayfinder sounds like the perfect upgrade for my bike! Cant wait to try it out on some gnarly gravel trails!

  7. Wow, the 1 1/8 Wayfinder from Wilde Bicycle Co. sounds like a game-changer! I wonder if it can handle extreme off-road trails too?

    • I hear you, mate. Gravel forks might not be everyones cup of tea. But hey, some folks love the extra control and stability they provide on rough terrain. Its all about personal preference and what kind of riding youre into. Happy trails!

  8. Wow, this fork sounds like a game-changer for all the gravel enthusiasts out there! Cant wait to try it out and see if it lives up to the hype.

    • Sure, your old bike may be trusty, but a modern gravel fork can enhance your riding experience on muddy trails. Improved suspension and stability can make all the difference. Dont limit yourself to nostalgia when there are better options available.

  9. Sorry to burst your bubble, but theres no such thing as a magical gravel fork that can do it all. Its just a marketing gimmick to get you hooked. Dont fall for it, mate. Stick to what you know works for you.

    • I have to disagree with you there. While the 1 1/8 Wayfinder gravel fork may be impressive, I wouldnt call it a game-changer. There are plenty of other forks out there that offer similar features. #JustMyOpinion

    • I dont get the hype around this Wayfinder gravel fork. Seems like just another overpriced gimmick to me. Ill stick to my trusty old fork, thanks.

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but this Wayfinder gravel fork is completely overhyped. Its just another gimmick to make you spend your hard-earned money. Save yourself the disappointment and stick with the tried and true options.

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