Thursday, July 22, 2010

MKE Polo Fork!











The Milwaukee POLO FORK was a collaboration with New York's own Doug D and the Milwaukee Bicycle Co.

Here's what Doug had to say about his initial idea...
"I was thinking about the convenience of having one spare wheel to replace the front or rear, especially in tournament situations. A 120mm spaced fork made specifically for polo would mean more interchangeability, less spare parts, more gearing options for us single speed and fixed riders. And it would mean that any bike with this fork would breathe polo."

  • Bruiser Polo Fork - Aftermarket
  • 400mm Axle to Crown
  • 4130 Heat Treated Chromoly
  • Weight - 1260g w/300mm Steerer
  • 1-1/8" One-Piece Fully CNC'd Steerer
  • 990 Brake Mounts with Removable Studs (plugs included when not using studs)
  • V-Brake Compatible
  • 55-73mm X-Long Reach Caliper Compatible
  • Removable Brake Housing Guide
  • Headset Compression Plug Included
  • 400mm Axle to Crown
  • 32mm Rake
  • 6mm Dropouts
  • Stainless MKE Badge
  • Black ED Coated Inside and Out for Full Rust Proofing
  • Your Choice of Solid Color (excluding pearl coats or metalflake)
  • Lifetime Warranty
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's the best idea since hot chicks and cold beer!

Anonymous said...

Except the shitty brake design that never works in a pinch.

Ben's Cycle said...

We are addressing this point due to the importance of extreme braking for polo players. This fork will accommodate 3 types of brakes; 55-73mm X-Long Reach Caliper, U-Brake and V-brake. In addition we are designing a V-Brake adapter for the rear of our Bruiser frames.

Patrick said...

These are my issue with the fork. If you are running 4 different freewheels or track cogs chances are your chain length is not going to work with all 4. Also, if you are using 4 different gears why do you still have a single speed bike. Polo is played on flat ground decide on a gear!

Ben's Cycle said...

Patrick,
Our Bruiser's dropouts allow a rider to use a 16t on one side for commuting and a 21t on the other for polo with the same exact chain. IF you would add a half link to the chain you can bump that up to 22t.

So, whether or not you believe that people should run more gear ratios than that is personal opinion and we'll leave that up to the individual.

One could just run their polo gear on both wheels to expedite wheel changes in the event of a tire issue or other problems that arise.

Doug D said...

@ patrick
I think the use of a hub in the product photos are to visually clarify this fork is make to accept a rear hub. That clarification is much easier with cog on the hub. The suggestion is not that you should be running 4 different gears. although it does make that an option.

My main idea behind this product it that one spare wheel can replace either the front or rear.

I wrote about the way I plan to use the MKE Polo Fork here http://www.hardcourtbikepolo.com/?p=2321 There are also some photos of mine installed.

And about having more than one gear on a single speed polo bike, that's easy. I live about 4 miles from the court. spin a 35x21.

Dangeruss said...

Ben's Cycle said..."In addition we are designing a V-Brake adapter for the rear of our Bruiser frames"

Any news on this..? i'm using my Bruiser for polo, but seriously frustrated with the por braking performance from the U-brake, i'm aboput to get V-brake mounts brazed on, but this sounds interesting...