White Brothers Loop 2011 Forks

4.75/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $795.00

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Product Description

  • Adjustments: rebound, compression, trim, and spring rate
  • Spring: adjustable air
  • Upper legs: 32mm Aluminum
  • Lower legs: weight-optimized, cast magnesium
  • Steerer: 1 1/8” or 1.5” tapered, 255mm in length
  • Axle: QtapeR system, 15mm diameter

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jared

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2013

Strengths:    Stiff, tracks great in the corner, adjustments have a wide, yet useful range.

Weaknesses:    32mm stanchions seem a little small with the popularity of the Fox 34/36 and the new RS Pike. The red stickers stand out on my bike MRP no longer offers replacement sticker packs.

Bottom Line:   
I bought it used (hence the wrong colored stickers) to replace a RS Tora 302 130mm. The 150mm of plush travel and through axle completely transformed my bike from "meh" to "fun." It's plush, but doesn't blow through travel. I'm amazed at how much more weight I can transfer to the front wheel while cornering.

If you're looking at Fox or RS forks in this price range, give the Loop some consideration too. It's cool to be different.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by 92gli a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2012

Strengths:    STIFF
Progressive travel
Very good small bump action
Easy to work on
Good support by mrp - service videos on their site, easy to get a knowledgeable person on the phone.

Weaknesses:    Axle is a little fiddly at first.
Magnetic compression valve not a true lock out.

Bottom Line:   
Have 5 rides on mine now (about 12 hours). It was set at 120 initially but I reduced it to 100. That process was very easy thanks to the video they have on their site. Instead of using plastic spacers they have a metal pin that is pressed into the air chamber shaft. It's a little nerve wracking to knock it out and hammer it back in, I was worried I would accidentally bend the shaft. The solution to that is to take a piece of scrap wood and drill a hole it in. Lay the shaft on the wood for support as you remove and re-install the pin. Also - the holes are only 20mm apart - so if you want to have an odd number travel like 90 or 110 you'll have to drill additional holes with a drill press. Or maybe a 10mm rock shox plastic spacer will fit on the shaft.

Compared to the reba's I've been riding for the last 3 years, it's a big improvement for me. My problem with the rebas was no matter how much time I wasted trying different settings I could not get decent small bump compliance while keeping the fork from going right through the mid-stroke easily. Small changes in positive or negative pressure yielded huge differences in feel.

The Loop is much more progressive. Very sensitive on the small bumps and firms up nicely through the travel. Small changes in pressure have yield small changes in performance. I don't need to use the "lockout" when climbing. Which brings me to the next point -

The lockout is not even close to the true lockout that you know on other forks. Even in the firmest setting the magnetic valve will open pretty easily if you weight the bars while climbing. And it clunks when it does so. But, the valve only comes into play on the last 3 clicks of the compression knob. The first 6 (or is it 5?) clicks of the knob give you nice increases without the magnets doing their thing. So what I did a few times on my last ride was to just turn the knob to the 3 oclock position. That firms up the fork nicely for standing climbing without the clunking.

The fork is very stiff. The arch is beefy and the WB proprietary axle contributes as well. The lever end of the axle has a tapered piece that locks into the fork leg. This requires hitting the wheel with your hand when removing the wheel so it will release. The nut on the other leg isn't fixed, so its a 2 hand operation. It's awkward the first couple times but now I'm working it as fast as a rock shox axle.

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Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   private seller

Similar Products Used:   '10 and '12 rock shox rebas

Bike Setup:   Yelli screamy

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Timo a Cross Country Rider from Durango, CO

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2012

Strengths:    Through axle

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Best fork I have ever used - 29" bike with 100mm of travel. super plush, durable, awesome! The through axle provides a very stiff and solid tracking fork. White Brothers really did an excellent job here and I am very pleased with the fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Jaracita

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $999999.00

Purchased At:   direct from WB

Similar Products Used:   Maverick, Manitou

Bike Setup:   Moots

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cucucachu a Weekend Warrior from a galaxy far far away

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2011

Strengths:    Plush, Reliable, Durable, Stiff, Nice Looking, Easy to set-up, easy to adjust, as good as a Fox Float in my opinion.

Weaknesses:    Not necessarily a weakness but makes a hydraulic noise during rebound stroke and requires 2 hands to install and tighten the 15mm axle.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is every bit as good as a Fox and made by a great company in Western, CO. I'd like to see WB make a fork competitive with the Fox36 Float, 160-180 travel 20mm axle.

To better qualify my comments above in "Weakness".
When you go over a bump, the rebound damper makes a noise. Most other forks make this noise in the compression stroke. This fork makes it in the rebound stroke. When you hammer out of the saddle its most notable. Nothing wrong, just different.
The Fox QR15 allows you to clock the right threaded nut to angle the QR lever in the same direction on each installation. The WB needs to be clocked on every installation - requiring 2 hands to install the axle. This means you can't hold up your bike and install the front wheel at the same time. Conversely, once the WB 15mm axle is installed it never comes loose until you loosen it (very cool locking system!).
I'd buy this fork again and recommend you consider it when in the market for a Fox, RS or Zocchi. You won't be disappointed in the quality ride of this fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Porc Rim - Whole Enchilada

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Directly from WB

Similar Products Used:   Fox Float & Talas Forx, zocchi, RS

Bike Setup:   5 Spot with a mixture of XT & XTR components

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