Blackline Ebonite - Enduro/ Freeride Fork - 29", 44

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Intend Blackline Ebonite - Enduro/ Freeride Fork - 29", 44

Product Description

EBONITE

Enduro / Freeride Fork

  • The one of a kind right side up enduro fork
  • Made for the roughest terrain & conditions
  • Designed, engineered & tested in Freiburg / Germany
  • Assembled 100% in-house and by hand – One at a time

MEET THE EBONITE - A CNC MASTERPIECE

All the experience gathered in the last 5 years was put into one fork - The Blackline Ebonite! Made for modern days enduro riding and burly enough to tackle the toughest trails. Approved by team riders and already a usual sight on podiums around Europe.

Equipped with Intends very own air spring and damping system and further improved by low friction seals for supple performance and small bump sensitivity. All parts are machined from high quality 7075 aluminium. A special touch are the bolted lowers, which use high strength stainless steel bolts to improve stiffness.

Specification

Ride Style

Enduro / Freeride

Travel Range

Maximum stroke 180mm / Adjustable in 10mm steps / Minimum stroke 140mm

Wheel Size

29"

Spring Type

Air spring

Damping

Open bath cartridge

Adjustments

Rebound / Compression / Air spring / Progression

Weight

2280g

Brake Mounting

180mm

Dropout

15mm x 110mm / Boost

Axle System

Bolt-On thru axle

Axle Material

Light alloy

Fork Offset / Rake

44mm

Steerer Tube

Tapered 1 1/8” - 1.5”

Steerer Tube Material

High strength alloy

Stem Clamp Diameter

28.60mm

Crown Race Seat Diameter

39.79mm

Crown Material

High strength alloy

Stanchions Material

High strength alloy

Stanchions Diameter

35mm

Lowers Material

High strength alloy

Colour

Black anodized

Other

Royal flush coating / SKF D35 green dust wipers (Without collar) / Main and current sag indicators

Technology

Why not upsidedown?

To be honest, in my eyes the upsidedown-principle has advantages over the rightsideup. But it also have disadvantages, like every construction.

So the whole Blackline is made to meet the wishes of the costumer. You are scared of torsional stiffness or no guarded lowers ? The Blackline forks will meet your demand, as it is a construction which you know from other brands. No thoughts about torsional stiffness and no thoughts about damaged lowers.

What is special about the Ebonite fork?

There is one thing I learned during making suspension fork. The weak point is the joint of the crown and steerertube. It is flexible, can creak and cause problems wherever you look. The steerer tube of the Ebonite is the same of the heavy Intend Flash fork, made with doubled wall thickness, so 6mm insteaf of 3mm of a normal forks steerer. And the upper 1 1/8″ side has 3mm instead of 2mm wall tickness. This is made to increase stiffness everywhere it is necessary.

Damping:

The damping of the Ebonite (and also all other Intend forks) is done with a shimstack based architecture. There is a compression piston and a rebound piston which provides the highspeed circuits, and there are lowspeed ports with external adjusters to get the setup done from outside.

There is a long rubber bladder on the inside of the stanchion. This makes it easy to assemble and disassemble the unit for service or tuning.

Air spring:

The air spring of the Intend forks are made with a special mechanism to fill both chambers, negative and positive in the same time. There are 2 valves, which gets connected when you mount a shock pump and gets seperated when you dismount the shock pump.

There is a special pneumatic air lip-seal to provide a friction-reduced air system. There is no second positive chamber. With the large negative chamber, the Intend forks have a super supple beginning stroke without a hanging curve in the middle. With this construction it is not necessary to go the way with third chambers. It is easier to set up, it has lower friction (just imagine a normal quadring instead of my pneumatic air seal, and then imagine you have TWO of this quadrings inside, this is the opposite of what you want…) and is easy to manage with volume spacers to avoid bottom out.

And you can add the travel by simply add or remove 10mm spacers, the black ones in the picture.

 

Upper stanchions with Royal Flush Coating

The upper legs of the Ebonite are double butted. This means they have bigger wall thickness at the area of high stress (on the crown side), and lower wall thickness at the area of lower stress to reduce weight.

What is the Royal Flush Coating?

It is a special treatment of the surfaces of the stanchions. It should not be too flattened, but not to rough, just a perfect balance.

And the difference is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7LkYRM510E

FAQ

Can I have black upper tubes for the fork?
The upper tubes are only offered with the shown Royal Flush Coating, which stands for low friction, great hardness and low wear

How often do I need to service the fork?
Depending on your riding style and time on your bike, it is recommended to make a small lower leg service every 3-5 month to achieve a perfect function, if you ride 2-3 rides a week or more. You can run it also without servicing it and it will work, but the best function is provided with fresh oil from time to time

Can I change the travel afterwards?
Yes, you can. The manual for this is attached at “Service” on the top of this site

Do you offer different offset, axle diameter, steerer diameter?
The Intend Blackline Ebonite is only available in 44mm offset, 110×15 boost axle, tapered steerer. There is no other option available

Can I ride a 27,5″ wheel in this fork?
Yes, the Ebonite is designed to fit to 29″ wheels, so this means it is approx. 20mm longer that a 27,5″ fork. I can highly recommend taking a 29″ fork although you have an 27,5″. In this case I would choose 10mm less travel as you wanted to have, this means your fork is only 10mm higher than it should. This is acceptable – but – it the fork will fit in your future bike and this will be a 29″ for sure. And then you already have the right fork

Delivery

For spare parts, if they are in stock we will send them out the same day if we receive the order before midday (except weekends). If we receive the order after midday, we will do our best to despatch them same day, but it may be the following working day. Orders placed after 3pm on Friday will be despatched on the following Monday. We normally send spare parts by Royal Mail post (see below or our 'Shipping' page for cost/delivery times).

Forks, shocks and large/heavy orders including bike frames go by courier. UK deliveries are with DPD Local, for overseas customers it's FedEx or DHL.  In all cases these are fully tracked services and you'll need to sign for the delivery - please provide a suitable address with extra instructions if necessary.

Returns

You may return your order unused, within 14 days for a refund if you no longer require it, provided it is returned with its original undamaged packaging and is unused and unmarked. Please note, we do not refund postage unless items were supplied in error or are faulty.

Picking mistakes do sometime happen. If we supply the wrong part or there are parts missing from your order please let us know within 14 days of receipt so that we can correct the mistake. In the case of picking errors we will refund your postage costs on the returned item.

Faulty goods will be replaced with the same item or a suitable equivalent, as appropriate.

TF Tuned cannot be held responsible for the non-receipt of returned goods so please ensure you use a tracked and/or insured service as appropriate to the value of the goods you are returning.

Item: IN35-002

The one of a kind right side up enduro fork, made for the roughest terrain & conditions

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