Cane Creek Helm | First Look
May 8th, 2017
Cane Creek Helm – Launch Edition Blue
We’ve just received our test sample of the Cane Creek Helm fork.
Currently only available in a 27.5in model, this fork can be set up with 100-170mm of travel and has a few really neat features that are a little different to similar spec forks from Fox or Rockshox…
Externally, the Cane Creek Helm has a sturdy chassis based on 35mm stanchions and a Boost 110mm spacing.
Instead of using known axle systems, the Helm has a unique D-Loc system. This is a squared axle that slides in to the fork and has a retaining lock to hold it in place. Tension can be adjusted on the lever in the similar way as the Maxle.
The retaining lock is nicely made and has a clean, positive action. This combined with the squared axle should make for a stiff and secure set up.
Unlike their shocks, the Cane Creek Helm fork has a mono-tube damper design that uses an expanding bladder system. This is similar to what Fox and Rockshox use, and means the fork can be stripped easily for lower leg services and internal adjustments.
The damper itself itself offers externally adjustable high and low speed compression damping on the top of the right hand leg.
On the bottom of the right leg is the Low Speed Rebound adjustment knob. Like the Compression dials, it’s a machined offering with a smooth action and defined clicks.
The left leg houses the air spring assembly. Under the top cap is a Schrader air valve that fills the positive air chamber – you set your air pressure here, at roughly 50% your body weight.
At the bottom of the leg is a cap that covers an air bleed valve. You depress this to fill the negative air chamber once you have filled the positive chamber. Having it this way means you can then release a little more from the positive chamber – increasing the negative air spring. This makes the initial breakaway buttery smooth.
You can also adjust air volume internally, without needing spacers of any kind. There is a simple piston held in place with a wingnut that can be repositioned to increase progression.
Here’s what you need to know about the Cane Creek Helm:
- 160mm travel out the box
- Internally adjustable travel up to 170mm and down to 100mm in 10mm increments
- Travel spacers are machined aluminium
- 35mm stanchions
- Tapered steerer only
- 44mm offset
- Positive Air spring
- Manual Negative Air Spring
- Air Volume adjustment (8 position internal adjustment, no spacers needed)
- High and Low speed compression
- Low Speed Rebound damping
- Mono Tube damper unit
- D-Loc axle system
- 15mm x 110mm Boost spacing
- 27.5in wheel size
- 180mm Post Mount
- Strictly only 300 available in the Limited Edition Launch Blue
- Retail price | £950
- Available From | Extra UK
We’ll be plugging the Cane Creek Helm fork on tomorrow, and will report back soon with some initial impressions…