by Marc Basiliere
March 24, 2014
Leveloc is simple- but is it elegant?
Last month, we brought you a nicely-detailed long-travel dropper post from young German company Vecnum. Hardly content to stop there, the company has since added details of another product: the universal Leveloc fork travel adjuster.
While travel-adjust forks are nothing new, Vecnum’s is probably the simplest concept since RockShox was threading stops up and down coil springs. In effect, the Leveloc is a piece of rope that is tied to the fork arch, anchored at a special stem clamp and finished with a (carbon fibre) T-handle. Pull up on the handle while pushing down on the bars and the front end collapses for climbing (or stuffing the bike into a car boot).
While it may not be something that fork companies would endorse, the design manages not to interfere with damping or spring characteristics. As an added bonus, the system is said to add only 60g to most any fork – less than many internal systems – without adding complexity. The Neoprene outer tube keeps the internal rope from flapping about as the fork goes through its travel (and perhaps acts as a very light additional negative spring).
Though it’s on the long side, the video at top makes a good case for the design’s elegance. If nothing else, the scenery and music are nice and the riding is impressive. Pricing has not yet been set- the Leveloc should be finalised by Eurobike this August.