The Trail 490 is our latest offering, and our first to use a 15mm thru axle. That fact alone brings it to the forefront of our line as 15mm is rapidly becoming the mountain bike standard. To earn the “trail” moniker, this fork adds an additional 10mm to the axle-to-crown length, thus helping to correct for even more travel in the front end (up to ~120mm) without steepening the head tube angle. But is carbon really OK for trail use? Well, this one is… at 720g uncut (sans thru axle) and massive, bulky tubing, you couldn’t ask for a burlier, stiffer rigid fork.
While this fork doesn’t clear ALL 29+ setups on the market, the Surly Dirt Wizard 29 has sufficient clearance on 50mm rims so that setup gets the green light.