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fork off-set

Noun, Verb

Fork Offset is the distance between the steering axis and the center of the wheel.

Example usage: 'The fork offset for this bike is 43mm.'

Most used in: Pro cycling circles.

Most used by: Professional cyclists and bike mechanics.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Rake, Trail, Head Tube Offset, Fork Length,


What is Fork Offset?

Fork Offset is a term commonly used in cycling and refers to the distance between the centerline of a bicycle's head tube and the centerline of the fork blades. This measurement is important for bike handling, as it affects the bike's trail, which is the distance between the point where the front wheel contacts the ground and the point where the steering axis intersects the ground. The trail affects a bike's handling, agility, and stability.

Fork offset is typically measured in millimeters and can range from 40mm to 55mm. For mountain bikes, the most common offset is 45mm or 50mm, while for road bikes, it is usually 43mm. The offset is also affected by the wheel size and the head tube angle, and is typically chosen to match the bike's intended purpose.

In general, a shorter offset results in a shorter trail, which makes the bike more agile and responsive, while a longer offset results in a longer trail, which makes the bike more stable. Choosing the correct offset for your bike is essential for getting the most out of your ride and ensuring the highest level of safety.


Discover the Origin of the Cycling Term 'Fork Offset'

The term 'Fork Offset' has been used in the cycling world since the early 2000s. It was first used in the United States, mainly among mountain bikers who wanted to customize their bikes for better performance.

Fork Offset refers to the distance between the center of the bike's head tube and the center of the bike's front wheel axle. It is measured in millimeters and affects the bike's handling and the rider's balance while riding.

The greater the Fork Offset, the less stable the bike will be while cornering and the more difficult it will be to turn. A larger Fork Offset also increases the rider's center of gravity, making it more difficult to control the bike.

The term has since become widely used in the cycling world and is now used to refer to the distance between the center of the head tube and the center of the front wheel axle of any type of bicycle.

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