Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 23, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Trentin wins stage 4 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage one of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes; De Buyst sprints to victory in GP Stad Zottegem; Majka loses more time, Vuelta GC challenge is over; Valverde returns to road training, aiming to compete again before end of season; Quick-Step Floors signs Michael Morkov, extends with Devenyns; Gary Sutton takes up key track role with USA Cycling; Silca Tattico Bluetooth pump measures tire pressure with your smartphone; Seven Cycles introduces MATADOR gravel fork; Video: Chris Froome press conference after Vuelta a España stage 4

Seven Cycles introduces MATADOR gravel fork

by James Huang

Best known for its custom titanium frames, Massachusetts-based builder Seven Cycles is continuing to expand its range of designed-in-house carbon fiber forks with the addition of the new MATADOR. As the name suggests (MATADOR is a loose acronym of “Mixed Terrain, Thru-Axle, Disc), the fork is aimed at the gravel and adventure crowd with claimed tire clearance up to 700 x 45c or 650b x 2.1″.

“Forks are still catching up to frames in terms of options for riders trying to do long, off-road, mixed-terrain rides,” said company founder Rob Vandermark via press release. “Initially, cyclocross forks were the only option, and then a variety of disc forks hit the market, including several of our own design. MATADOR is, we think, the most contemporary design on the market now.”

Seven offers the MATADOR exclusively in a 55mm rake, which Vandermark claims will improve handling and decrease the chance of toe overlap for most riders. Other features include a flat-mount disc brake interface for 160mm rotors, 12mm thru-axle dropouts, a 1 1/8-to-1 1/4″ tapered carbon fiber steerer tube, a 395mm axle-to-crown length, and external brake hose routing.

Claimed weight is 498g (uncut), and retail price is US$565.

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