CONTEST – WIN A PAIR OF VERDE CARTELL SERIES FORKS

For your chance to win a pair of Verde Cartell Series forks, all you have to do is answer on simple question: What are the names of the five complete bikes Verde offers? The answer can be found on verdebmx.com.

Send your correct answer along with your name, mailing address, and phone number to [email protected] One lucky reader will be chosen at random to win the forks. Easy as pie…

Company: Verde Bicycles
Forks: Cartel Series Fork
MSRP: $114.99

Material: 4130 heat- treated Chromoly
Dropouts: 3/8″
Height: 314mm – 12.3″
Steerer Tube Length: 165mm – 6.5″
Offset: 31mm
Compression Bolt: Aluminum 25×1.5mm
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm Allan Key
Colors: Aqua, black, titanium
Weight: 32oz

Other: 100% heat-treated chromoly, 1pc machined steerer tube with integrated bearing race. Triple butted and 28.6mm – 25.4mm tapered legs. 5mm thick dropouts with weight reducing holes drilled.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
"Because Dave Thompson can ride them without bending them. That should be reason enough to get some." – Cory Muth, Verde Bicycles

Company: Stolen Bike Co.
Forks: Vortex
MSRP: $99.99

Material: Triple-butted, tapered chromoly with P2 heat-treatment
Dropouts: 5mm CNC machined, angled for peg clearance
Height: 12.4″ (315mm)
Steerer Tube Length: 6.5″ (165mm)
Offset: 33.1mm
Compression Bolt: Vortex
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm Allen wrench
Colors: Black, gang green, neon orange, white
Weight: 32.9oz

Other: Unique designed Vortex top cap. P2 post-production heat-treating for the strongest possible fork. All forks have a rust proof ED coating before powder coating.

Company: Colony BMX
Forks: Hell Stallion Forks
MSRP: $134.99

Material: Full heat-treated colonized chromoly
Dropouts: 6mm with weight saving detail down to 5mm
Steerer Tube Length: 170mm
Offset: 30mm
Compression Bolt: M25x1.5″ 7075T6 Alloy
Compression Bolt Tool: 3/8″ socket wrench
Colors: Black, white, and various limited edition colors.
Weight: 32oz.

Other: Fork is Black ED coated as well as painted.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“Having a set of Liam Fahy-Hampton's signature forks on your bike will not only increase your street cred, but may also help you ride that little bit better. Or we can only hope so. Our forks are backed with a complete lifetime warranty so you will have no problems with them whatsoever.” – Clint Millar, Colony BMX

Company: Supercross BMX
Forks: Supercross Pro Race
MSRP: $99.95

Material: Heat-treated seamless 4130 chromoly
Dropouts: 1/4″ thick heat-treated chromoly
Height: Axle to crown is 12.55 inches (319mm)
Steerer Tube Length: 6.875″ (175mm)
Offset: 1 1/16″ (27mm)
Compression Bolt: 7075 T-6 Aluminum
Compression Bolt Tool: 28mm wrench or optional 6mm Allen wrench
Colors: Black, white, and special limited edition colors.
Weight: 28oz. (784g) without compression bolt

Other: Full clack oxide rust proofing, inside and out. Full post-weld heat-treat.

Company: Supercross BMX
Forks: Supercross Pro LT
MSRP: $129.95

Material: Butted and tapered heat-treated seamless 4130 chromoly.
Dropouts: 1/4″ thick heat-treated cromoly
Height: Axle to crown is 12.55″ (319mm)
Steerer Tube Length: 6.875″ (175mm)
Offset: 1 1/16″ (27mm)
Compression Bolt: 7075 T-6 aluminum
Compression Bolt Tool: 28mm wrench or optional 6mm Allen wrench
Colors: Black, white, and special limited edition colors.
Weight: 24oz. (672g) without compression bolt

Other: Full black oxide rust proofing, inside and out. Full post-weld heat-treat. Also available in 24″.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“The Supercross Pro LT forks offer the racers the strength of a heat-treated cromoly fork at the weight of carbon fiber. Our tapered and butted legs keep the weight down and our post-weld heat-treating keeps the strength up where it needs to be for the riders to be confident with their rigs.” – Bill Ryan, Supercross BMX

“The forks are strong and light! I can trust them over the big stuff on the track and they feel great out of the gate. I love them.” – Kris Fox, Superross BMX AA Pro, Dirt Jumper, and Olympic Track Test Dummy

Company: Felt BMX
Forks: Race/Dirt Fork
MSRP: $119

Material: Felt 20/20 heat-treated, butted chromoly with tapered legs.
Dropouts: Laser cut cromoly with internal machining.
Offset: 33mm
Compression Bolt: Alloy
Compression Bolt Tool: 8mm Allen wrench
Colors: White or black.
Weight: 33oz.

Other: These forks are have 14mm dropouts and come with two style of CNC Alloy adapters to use with 3/8″ axles (axle nut style or 3-pc axle style).

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“They are light, strong, simple and clean.” – Alan-Felt, Felt BMX Brand Manager

Company: Ares Bykes America
Forks: Garuda
MSRP: $149.99

Material: Oval shaped 4130 chromoly single-butted tubing.
Dropouts: 10mm 4130 cromoly CNC machined end.
Steerer Tube Length: 166mm (1pc cromoly machined)
Offset: Zero
Compression Bolt: Aluminum
Colors: Black and white
Weight: 760g (1.7lbs)

Other: Hiro Morisaki, 2007 World Circuit Champion is the designer of these forks.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“All unnecessary weight has been shaved from the Garuda, creating the ultimate fork and giving the rider more freedom for scuffing and body variables. The zero-offset gives the Garuda more strength so the rider has total, accurate control. Simply put, the Garuda fork combines performance and looks to create the top flatland fork on the market today.” – Scott Obrien, Ares Bykes America

Company: DK
Forks: Race Forks
MSRP: $99.99 (+ $10 for chrome)

Material: 100% heat-treated chromoly.
Dropouts: 4mm thick, with machining.
Height: Axle to race = 314mm
Steer Tube Length: 165mm
Offset: 34mm
Compression Bolt: Star nut
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm Allen wrench
Colors: Black, white, team green, and chrome
Weight: 1lb. 12oz.

Other: Butted steer tube and tapered legs.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
"They're the lightest chromoly fork on the market and now they come in chrome too!" – Trevor Gay, DK Bicycles

Company: The Shadow Conspiracy
Forks: Creeper 026 V3
MSRP: $119.99

Material: 4130 chromoly
Dropouts: Laser cut 5mm chromoly.
Height: 315mm
Steerer Tube Length: 165mm
Offset: 26mm
Compression Bolt: Heat-treated super low profile 6061.
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm Allen key.
Colors: Black, red, white, purple, electric lime, and October orange.
Weight: 32 oz.

Other: Butted and tapered legs, CNC 1pc steer tube, with recessed threads and guides for cutting steer tube, post-weld heat-treatment, lifetime warranty.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“The standard offset up until the release of the Creeper 026 was 035mm, which is much slower, great for trails and jumping, not as good for street and front end nose manuals. You will be stoked on how much easier these make them!” – Ronnie Bonner, The Shadow Conspiracy

Company: The Shadow Conspiracy
Forks: Creeper 035 V3
MSRP: $119.99

Material: 4130 chromoly
Dropouts: Laser cut 4mm chromoly.
Height: 315mm
Steerer Tube Length: 165mm
Offset: 35mm
Compression Bolt: Heat-treated super low profile 6061.
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm hex head.
Colors: Black, red, white, purple, electric lime, and October orange.
Weight: 31.8 oz.

Other: Butted and tapered legs, CNC 1 pc steer tube, with recessed threads and guides for cutting steer tube, post-weld heat-treatment, lifetime warranty.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“The Creeper 035 has a 35mm offset, which is more a standard offset. A bit more stable for high speeds trails and jumping.” – Ronnie Bonner, The Shadow Conspiracy

Company: Sputnic
Forks: Century
MSRP: $89.99

Material: 4130 chromoly
Dropouts: Laser cut 5mm chromoly
Height: 317mm
Steerer Tube Length: 165mm
Offset: 35.5mm
Compression Bolt: Heat-treated 6061 alloy
Compression Bolt Tool: 8mm hex head or 25mm spanner
Colors: Black, white, fire orange, and purple.
Weight: 36.5 oz.

Other: Butted legs, CNC 1 pc steer tube, post-weld heat-treatment.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“Because Bryce Toole rocks them!” – Ronnie Bonner, Sputnic

Company: KHE Bikes
Forks: Cirrus
MSRP: $144.99

Material: Japanese Sanko Chromoly
Dropouts: 5mm thick dropouts with perfect peg shape (10 or 14mm)
Height: 500mm
Steerer Tube Length: 165mm
Offset: 30mm
Compression Bolt: Alloy top bolt
Colors: Rude charcoal, frosty white, bright mint
Weight: 894g / 1.971lbs.  Other: 2020 heat-treated and lifetime warranty.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“The Cirrus fork is complete heat treated that means very, very light but still absolutely strong. We rely on that fork, that's why we give lifetime warranty.” – Thomas Goring, KHE Bikes

Company: KHE Bikes
Forks:Tanaka
MSRP: $139.99

Material: Japanese Sanko Chromoly
Dropouts: 10mm CNC dropouts (5 mm thick)
Height: 500mm
Steerer Tube Length: 180mm
Offset: 0mm
Compression Bolt: Inner thread, alloy top bolt
Compression Bolt Tool:
Colors: Black, silver Weight: 738g / 1.627lbs.

Other: Butted cone tubes (2020 technology), brake cable cutting, with or without UPivots.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“Because it is the lightest flat fork on the market, strong as fuck and everybody loves it!” – Thomas Goring, KHE

Company: Fly Bikes
Forks: Pantera
MSRP: $100

Material: Heat-treated 4130 chromoly
Dropouts: Heat-treated 4130 chromoly 4mm thick
Height: 330mm (from axle to headset)
Steerer Tube Length: 160mm
Offset: Pantera: 36mm
Compression Bolt: 7075 CNC machined
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm. allen
Colors: Flat black, green, white
Weight: Pantera: 1.055g / 37.2oz.

Other: Integrated headset bearing cone. Forks are the most critical part of the bike so they have lots of features to achieve the best balance weight/strength. Here they are: CNC internally machined ovalized shape on steer tube with thicker section on the sides to prevent straight bend. Triple butted butted legs. Twisted flutted shape on leg bends.

Company: Fly Bikes
Forks: Tierra
MSRP: $130

Material: Heat-treated 4130 chromoly
Dropouts: Heat-treated 4130 chromoly 4mm thick
Height: 330mm
Steerer Tube Length: 160mm
Offset: 27mm (Tierra Grande: 32mm)
Compression Bolt: 7075 CNC machined
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm Allen wrench
Colors: Flat black, flat red, green, brown, flat purple
Weight: 1.005g / 35.5oz.

Other: Integrated headset bearing cone. Forks are the most critical part of the bike so they have lots of features to achieve the best balance weight/strength. Here they are: CNC internally machined ovalized shape on steer tube with thicker section on the sides to prevent straight bend. Triple butted butted legs. Twisted flutted shape on leg bends.

Company: Nice! Brand
Forks: Lotus Forks
MSRP: $115.00

Material: Heat-treated 4130 chromoly
Dropouts: 3/8 heat-treated 4130 chromoly
Height: 314mm, center of axle to crown race
Steerer Tube Length: 176mm
Offset: 31mm
Compression Bolt: 25x 1.5, plain and simple
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm Allen key
Colors: Black
Weight: 31.8oz.

Other: Lifetime warranty, made from 4130 “Roasted” chromoly featuring a 1-pc machined steerer tube, tapered and butted fork legs, 5mm thick dropouts with tear drop cutouts to save weight and an alloy compression cap.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“Nice forks are sweeter then 1,000 kisses.”  – John Lee
“They only come in black, and are post-weld heat-treated using our Roasted method. They work very well as part of a BMX bike steering system.” – John Paul Rogers

Company: Hoffman Bikes
Forks: Fat Free
MSRP: 119.99

Material: 100% heat-treated 4130 chromoly 1-pc CNC fluted steerer tube with internal threads integrated headset race single butted fluted with taper fork legs.
Dropouts: 5mm thick laser cut
Steerer Tube Length: 172mm
Offset: 35mm
Compression Bolt: Alloy
Compression Bolt Tool: 8mm hex
Colors: White, flat teal, purple haze
Weight: 34oz.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
"Fat Free Forks have proven to be the one of the best forks in the market. They are light, sleek, strong and easy on the pocket book."  – Mark Owen

Company: Twenty Bikes Co.
Forks: Highland

Material: Sanko Japan tubing full heat-treated
Dropouts: 5mm thickness and 10mm slots
Steerer Tube Length: 6.5″
Offset: 0.90″
Compression Bolt: CNC aluminum extra light
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm Allen key
Colors: Flat black
Weight: 1.79lbs

Other: Extra small dropouts for ride without pegs.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
"The TWENTYbikes forks are better than others one because the expensive heat treatment and the extra light design we propose if for sure the best we can offer to the riders for have a clean, light and strong fork!" – Twenty Bikes

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Company: Twenty Bikes Co.
Forks: French Kiss

Material: Sanko Japan tubing full heat-treated
Dropouts: 5mm thickness and 10mm slots
Steerer Tube Length: 6.5″
Offset: 0.90″
Compression Bolt: CNC aluminum extra light
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm Allen key
Colors: Flat white
Weight: 1.85lbs.

Other: Dropout for pegs

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
"The TWENTYbikes forks are better than others one because the expensive heat treatment and the extra light design we propose if for sure the best we can offer to the riders for have a clean, light and strong fork!” – Twenty Bikes

Company: Demolition Parts
Forks: Concorde
MSRP: $117.99

Material: Heat-treated chromoly
Dropouts: 4mm thick chromoly
Height: 317mm
Steerer Tube Length: 167mm
Offset: 32mm
Compression Bolt: 24X1.5mm (included)
Compression Bolt Tool: Ratchet Type
Colors: Flat black, white, teal, brown & gloss black
Weight: 30.3oz.

Other: Externally butted steerer tube and tapered legs.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
"Designed and backed by professional rider Chris Doyle. Lighter, stronger, faster and backed by our lifetime warranty." –Brian Castillo

Company: S&M Bikes
Forks: Pitchforks
MSRP: $129.99

Material: 4130 Chromium Molybdenum
Dropouts: 3/8″ & 14mm
Height: 12.4″
Steerer Tube Length: 6.4″
Offset: 1.3″
Compression Bolt: M10 x 1.25″
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm Allen Wrench/Crescent wrench
Colors:  Black, white, and yellow
Weight: 2.3 lbs.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
"This is the lightest Pitchfork we’ve ever made. And thanks to our exclusive multi-staged, post-weld “4Q Baked” maximum heat-treat process it’s stronger than any fork of its kind on the market and fully warranted for life. The steerer tube has a one of a kind insert that stops the fork from bending where most forks do.  The dropouts are laser cut and extend the back of the bottom of the fork for grinds and aids in grinding peg less.  All this and it's made in America, so you are supporting your Economy." –Dylan Ambrose

Company: S&M Bikes
Forks: Race XLT
MSRP: $129.99

Material: 4130 Chromium Molybdenum
Dropouts: 3/8″
Height: 12.4″
Steerer Tube Length: 6.8″
Offset: 1.3″
Colors:  Black and white
Weight: 30oz.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
"After months of designing, developing prototypes and testing, we have released our lightest “race” forks to date as a direct result of feedback from racers. These forks are designed to be used with head-locks or press in star nuts.  The fork is fully “4-Q Baked” with micro dropouts, double-butted legs, new graphics, and made in America so you're supporting your economy. There's no better choice for the track." – Dylan Ambrose

Company: Fit Bike Co.
Forks: Blade Lite
MSRP: $114.99

Material: 4130 Chromium Molybdenum
Dropouts: 3/8″ & 14mm
Height: 315mm
Steerer Tube Length: 163mm
Offset: 33mm
Compression Bolt: M10 x P1.25″
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm Allen wrench/crescent wrench
Colors:  Black, gray, sand, and white
Weight: 2.1 lbs.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
"The Blade Lite is the last fork you will ever buy. 100% 4Q Baked heat-treated, with the exclusive "Fit-Flute" rust proof Steerer tube, and tapered double butted legs for strength and rigidness. This fork comes with a lifetime warranty, and is everything you need and nothing you don't." –Dylan Ambrose

Company: Fit Bike Co.
Forks: Shiv
MSRP: $114.99

Material: 4130 Chromium Molybdenum
Dropouts: 3/8″ heat-treated 4130
Height: 315mm
Steerer Tube Length: 163mm
Offset: 30.48mm
Compression Bolt: M10 x P1.25″
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm Allen wrench
Colors: Black & white
Weight: 1.8 lbs.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
"The Shiv fork is a 100% 4-Q Baked heat treated fork. The steerer tube features an exclusive "Fit Flute" that adds strength where it is needed most. As well as a built in fork race, and a rust proof coating. The legs are a double butted and tapered to add strength and rigidness while lightening up the forks. This is essentially the Blade Light fork on a diet. Equipped with a lifetime warranty, it doesn't get much better." –Dylan Ambrose

Company: Odyssey
Forks: Freestyle
MSRP: $124.99
Material: 4130 chromoly 41 Thermal® construction.
Dropouts: 5mm tapered 4130 chromoly. 3/8 or 14mm slots.
Height: Right
Steerer Tube Length: 170mm
Offset: Normal
Compression Bolt: Patented, Offset 6mm/8mm Aluminum Pre Load
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm or 8mm Hex
Colors: Any color you want, as long as its RustProof Black
Weight: 2 lbs. 2.5 oz. (uncut steerer tube with pre-load bolt installed)

Other: Brake Mounts

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“Dramatically stronger then any competitor. Anyone can mill dropouts, taper legs and drill holes to loose weight. Wouldn’t you rather buy forks that are designed by people who know what they are doing? Ten years of 41 thermal and a real lifetime warranty speaks for itself.” – Jim Bauer

Company: Odyssey
Forks: Director
MSRP: $152.99
Material: 4130 chromoly 41 Thermal® construction.
Dropouts: Integrated Hollow 10mm. 4130 chromoly
Height: Right
Steerer Tube Length: 170mm
Offset: Normal
Compression Bolt: Patented, Offset 6mm/8mm Aluminum Pre Load
Compression Bolt Tool: 6mm or 8mm Hex
Colors: RustProof Black, White, Flo Orange, Ocean Blue, Purple Rain and other limited colors
Weight: 1 lbs. 15.6 oz. (uncut steerer tube with pre-load bolt installed)

Other: Offset fork legs.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“While the Director Fork may look different from what you are used to, the geometry and feel are an identical match with traditional forks. The axle is in the same position as it would be with a ‘normal’ fork design. The Director’s differences lie in the use of new construction techniques, putting this fork in a league of its own. The steerer tube is connected to the legs by using a joint design that is a substantial improvement over ordinary tubular crown forks.

The legs have been angled forward so the hollow dropouts can blend smoothly into the leg tubing, while also maintaining a "traditional" axle position. By running the legs “directly” from where the load is applied (at the steerer tube), to where it is reacted against (at the wheel axle), the mechanical efficiency has been maximized in this structure. The end result is improved performance and durability.

The dropouts are formed from the leg itself, rather than being a basic welded on plate that is left to “flap in the breeze” like on a conventional fork. This design, combined with a 10mm thickness, makes bent dropouts a thing of the past.  The hollow dropouts are not only dramatically stronger, they are lighter too. Backed by ten years of the best in BMX, 41 Thermal® construction.

While weighing in at less than most “racing specific” chromoly forks, the Director Fork is intended for use with every style of riding.” – Jim Bauer

Company: Premium Products
Forks: Taperlite Fork
MSRP:  $110

Material: Fully heat-treated 4130 chromoly
Steerer Tube Length: 165mm (6.5″)
Offset: 33mm
Compression Bolt: Built on
Compression Bolt Tool: Socket wrench
Colors: Black and white
Weight: 2lbs. 2oz.

Other: Butted tapered fork legs. Black CNC machined steer tube with integrated bearing race. Lifetime warranty for unlimited casing jumps.

Company: Eastern Bikes
Forks: Hawkeye Fork
MSRP: $99.99

Material: 4130 heat-treated chromoly
Dropouts: 3/8″ or 14mm
Height: 315mm
Steerer Tube Length: 167mm
Offset: 32mm
Compression Bolt: Aluminum 25×1.5mm
Compression Bolt Tool: 3/8″ Ratched Head
Colors: Black, White, Red, Yellow or Blue
Weight: 31.8 oz.

Other: The Hawkeye forks are 100% heat-treated chromoly and features a one-peice steerer tube CNC’d inside and out with an integrated bearing race. The dropouts are hardened CNC’d with Hawkeye cutout. The dropouts and legs have a hang-free design to prevent the leg from sticking during grinds.

Why are your forks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“Best forks I’ve ever had. Light, strong, awesome looking. Integrated race. For a 200+ pounder to just slap them on and pull off heaven drops all day is proof enough that Hawkeyes are the way to go.” – Kelly Bolton, Eastern pro rider