The Trust Message is undeniably strange compared to anything we’re used to seeing on the front of a mountain bike.
Its originators are three bike industry heavyweights: Dave Weagle, rear suspension designer extraordinaire; Jason Schiers, founder of EDGE (now ENVE) Composites, and Hap Seliga, co-founder of Competitive Cyclist.
In particular, I’ve previously been impressed by riding the DW-Link Weagle begat, and was wondering if he’d do the same for forks. If you go read Trust Performance’s website, they talk about how good and different it is to anything before, going so far as to dub this “The Trust Effect”. Which they mostly talk about in terms of how much faster and more confident it’s definitely, for sure, going to make you.
The way they talk about it seems almost…religious.
In The Beginning
Finish quality is high. The matt carbon and linkage shapes have a kind of cyber-crab aesthetic, which has proven divisive amongst friends. I found any aesthetic shock wore off after a few weeks riding it.
Most setup was covered in the first ride review. One thing I omitted in that earlier piece was the torque cap adapters. Torque caps themselves are of the devil, because they’ve led to fiddly, hub guzzling dropouts. Trust has a neat solution in the form of bolt in crescents that take up all that redundant space, should you happen to be running one of the many non-torque capped front hubs out there. Blessed be.
While the Message does come with a highly complete cabling kit, giving many options for hose routing, the plastic routing components were greasy plastic that didn’t stick well to the provided adhesive tape. That got frustrating enough that I slapped some anti-rub stickers on the fork and called it done.
Will It Bend?
On the first ride article, someone asked if it was binding on off camber stuff. I did a quick test, turning the bike upside down and deflecting a 29er wheel by gripping the top and bottom. Even applying that leverage, both linkages still moved smoothy. So no, it doesn’t bind.
Unlike a RockShox RS1, where the lowers can move separately and make it annoying to insert the axle, dual air springs on the Message keep axle holes aligned. Beyond Trust Performance stating that you absolutely MUST check the axle is tightened to 17Nm before every ride, popping a wheel in or out is no more difficult than with any other fork.
Overall, the Trust Message has a high quality finish and feels solid.
Twelve Score & Ten
While Trust doesn’t promise life eternal, it does state a Methusalean 250 hour service interval, which is nearly 1.5 weeks of continuous ride time. Obviously, only having it for a month, I did not achieve that. I’m not a miracle worker.
I’ve been asked many times whether the pivots are holding up to UK weather. A month of rain, filth, grit and bike washing have resulted in no apparent crunch. Let’s skip to the end of the test and open one up, eh?
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|Tested:||by David Hayward for 1 month|