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Looking for a new commuter/second gravel capable bike I came across the Lynskey Urbano and got a really good deal from their Ebay sales as a frame only.  It hasn't arrived yet but I'm already starting to kick around build details and the one thing that I'm all over the board on is fork as there are so many options now.

Back when I got my Ti Warbird Enve was one of the few options and it happened to come with that anyway so that's when I'm running on that.  For this one I really want a TA and as I already have two sets of nice gravel wheels with 15mm axle caps that can be swapped out I think I want to try a TA with A2C of 395ish and rake of 45ish.

Tops of my list are
Rodeo Labs Spork - Really the most interesting but I haven't found anyone whose actually spent time on one.  I love that it has rack mounts, fender mounts and that I can mount water bottle cages to it.  It's a bit heavier but that isn't a deal breaker.  I don't know how they ride, only that they're built to MTB specs which makes me think it'll be overly stiff.

Whisky #9 with Fender mounts - Can be sourced easily and locally and I can get a deal on it.  Price will be the same as a Spork.  Looks fine, nothing to write home about (a good thing) and I know Whisky forks work well and I like they way they feel on the bike.

3T Luteus II - To my knowledge I would need to either mail order from Europe or get one from Open Cycles that is painted orange (no interest in a brown fork which is their other option).  The Euro way makes the most sense and the prices are good with the currency conversion right now.  I have only heard good things about this fork other than the TA is heavy which I don't really care about all that much.  Rake is 50 which would bring my trail down to road bike numbers.

Wild card forks are the Lynskey Pro Gravel which I know nothing about but think it looks pretty nice and the Open fork made for the UPPER frame which I don't see as a separate option on the website although I haven't called yet.  The Niner gravel fork has extra mounts but I'd need to have it repainted as I'm not running crazy big NINER lettering.

If anyone has spent time on any of the 5 forks mentioned and has strong opinions I'd like to hear what you have to say.

 

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I built up a small Urbano with an ENVE CX fork (47mm) and it rides so smoothly. I realize the Enve isn't on your list but I'm looking forward to what you end up with.
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Welp, Whisky #9 is out.  Stopped in to the LBS to pick up some Butt'r and they had a full rack of Foundry bikes with that fork and with a 33mm tire it was way closer than I want at the crown.  Lots of wide, not so much tall.  I couldn't fit my finger between the tire and fork at the top so that's out.

One new option that just popped up is the Lithic/Otso cycles Hiili fork.  Mega clearance, you can run a 29er tire, and TA.  A bit taller at 400mm A2C but not enough to worry about.  This one is moving up the list and checks most of the boxes.

Regarding the Enve, all the TA forks are 12mm and I'm pretty tied into 15mm axles with what I have.  I know I could run an adapter for it but I'd rather not.  My QR Enve has been a great fork and rides really nice along with being super light.
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I haven't dug into the full specs, but what about one of the Salsa forks?  Curious to see the decision as I've got a stock build Urbano with QRs that I'm gradually upgrading for primarily gravel and closed logging road use and a new fork with TA is probably on the horizon.  Good luck with the search!
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PMC, some of us who actually have an Otso might upgrade to the new Lithic fork and sell their old gray forks.  There's nothing wrong with them that some paint can't fix.
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Changed my thoughts on 12mm axles as I picked up a wheelset that came with set of 12mm caps for the front wheel.  

With that happening I ordered a new Enve CX TA fork and that's that.  I know I didn't want to go down that road but decided that going with a known quantity (Enve) made a lot of sense.  That and I was never going to try and run 29er sized tires so this has plenty of clearance and should have a similar ride to my current QR fork which has 6k+ miles under it without a whimper.

Frame arrived and is pretty awesome looking.  Tire clearance looks excellent and is significantly more than my 2013 Ti Warbird.

Now to get some parts...

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Welp, Whisky #9 is out.  Stopped in to the LBS to pick up some Butt'r and they had a full rack of Foundry bikes with that fork and with a 33mm tire it was way closer than I want at the crown.  Lots of wide, not so much tall.  I couldn't fit my finger between the tire and fork at the top so that's out.
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Are you sure you saw the Whisky #9 cross fork, and not the #9 road fork.  I have a #9 Cross fork and it easily fits Specialized Renegade tires 29 x 1.8 with plenty of room at the crown.  With a 33mm tire it would have massive clearance.
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Pretty sure it was... it was on a foundry cross bike
It's a moot point now as I got a deal on the enve so I'm set.

Parts are on order so it should be built and ready to roll in the next few weeks. Decided on using as many on hand parts as I could so it's going to be an ultegra build with Spyre slc brakes. Pretty pumped to get it on the road.
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I have basically the same bike, a medium Lynskey Cooper that only differs in cable routing. I got the Niner RLT rok. I love love having the two fork bottle mounts. IT can handle a nice big tire (currently a 40c Gravel King on Easton Arc 27 mm rims and has room for more.

I see you already got an ENVE fork, but was going to say the Niner is ok, but makes the handling of my medium Cooper feel slow. When I jump on my old IF Club Racer it highlights the difference. I tried a Trek Boone fork I have sitting around on the Cooper and it quickened the handling up a bit. 

Horrible fuzzy photo:
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I like the ability to do fork cages like you're running! I may end up moving my Warbird to through axle up front and will likely do a fork that has that ability.

Overall I'm really liking the Lynskey. Handling feels real snappy compared to my Warbird with the steeper HTA and higher BB probably being the two things I'd think are the biggest contributors to that. Now I need to get some decent pics of the final build and get them posted. It's not the lightest bike but really feels like a fat tire road bike that can be ridden pretty much anywhere. That was the goal from the onset so total winner in my book.
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Got a better photo of the fork today. The tire is the 40C Gravelking on the 27c internal Easton rim. Still a good amount of room.Same tire and rim combo on the back it and I had no clearance issues with it. 

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