White Brothers Rock Solid 29 Carbon Rigid 29er Forks

4.65/5 (20 Reviews)
Weight : 771 grams MSRP : $360.00


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Lightweight, stiff, compliant. With 34mm carbon legs and forged aluminum crowns and dropouts,The RockSolid 29er fork will make your machine a precise, feather-weight,singletrack screamer. Standard QR dropouts 74mm post mount disc brake, max 185mm rotor 34mm carbon stanchions Alloy crown, 44mm offset Approximate weight 1.6 lbs For 29" wheels only

White Brothers Rock Solid 29er, 650b, Fork Pro Review

So you bought yourself a fully rigid 29er and now you are considering upgrading that heavy stock steel fork. Or maybe you are experiencing a bit more vibration and hand fatigue than you were expecting. Steel bikes are supposed to be compliant, right? Or you are just looking for ways to shed some serious weight of the steel stead you ride? I was in a similar position a few months back, so I arranged with White Bros and MTBR to give the 465mm Rock Solid carbon fork a try. Continue reading →



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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Slackadaisical a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2014

Strengths:    I think you get a lot of fork for the money.

Out of the box it appeared solid and well designed. The fork shipped with clear instructions and cautions, regarding the steerer tube cutting, installation, usage & maintenance.

Build quality, fit & finish are impressive. The carbon fibre legs are extremely well anchored in the over-sized stanchions and yoke. I like the glossy black painted aluminium and carbon look. Very stealthy!

In use the fork has proved to be money very well spent. The front of the bike is now both noticeably lighter. The increased rigidity has not made the ride harsher, with small vibrations absorbed very well. These shock absorbing properties, coupled with a large volume 29er tyre lead to a more a more adventurous time off road. In fact, the brake judder I experienced with the original steel fork has completely vanished.





Weaknesses:    The over sized stanchions do mean a tight fit with regards to the brake disc bolts. The stated weight of 771g seems optimistic, as the pre-cut weight of the 29er 490mm model approached 970g. The lack of cable guides is a minor annoyance.

Bottom Line:   
I chose this fork as a replacement of the steel one that my Singular Swift shipped with. Across the board, it s a higher quality fork. This being the first carbon component I've fitted to mt bike, I felt I might be taking a chance with a carbon fibre fork. It's more confidence inspiring than the steel fork it replaced.

Reviews of cheap carbon forks have highlighted issues with build quality, finish and 'fluttering' under aggressive usage and hard braking. This carbon fork avoids these negatives, with the added benefit of this fork being available in different lengths, in both 26 & 29er sizes.

I would argue that if a rigid fork is required, then for the money I'd say your options are pretty limited to the White Brothers Rock Solid 29 Carbon Rigid 29er Fork. This is no bad thing!

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Purchased At:   Charlie The Bike Mon


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Blue Sugar a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2013

Strengths:    Light, precise, maintenance free, looks cool

Weaknesses:    Not like suspension

Bottom Line:   
This replaced the heavy steel Redline fork on my MonoCog 29er. The biggest advantage is steering precision. The bike goes exactly where I steer it even at speed. It's also lighter and makes the front end easier to wheelie. It gives a slight improvement in shock absorption although I expected more. It's not a suspension fork and tires and your body will still absorb most of the shock. It accepts a 185mm brake rotor.

As far as durability I'm not worried. I weigh 165 and don't beat on my equipment. You can see the fork flutter over bumps and under braking but carbon is made to do that so it shouldn't be a problem. If you're a heavy or abusive rider maybe then you should have cause to worry.

I scored mine used for $150. $350 is a lot for an Asian-made rigid fork, but based on the way it boosts your bike's performance and reduces weight. I'd say it's worth it even at that price. Plus you'll never have to adjust it or fuss with blown seals.

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Favorite Trail:   The one to your sister's house

Duration Product Used:   1 year

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   private sale

Bike Setup:   Redline MonoCog 29er with Avid BB7 brakes, 185mm front rotor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JOHNNY a Weekend Warrior from SA DIEGO, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2010

Strengths:    I ROLL ON A HARO MARY SS 29ER. LOVE THE BIKE BUT I NOTICED A BAD VIBRATION UPON FRONT BRAKEING W/STOCK FORKS. I SCORED A SET OF WHITE BROS CARBON FORKS. PROBLEM SOLVED! I LOVE THEM SUPERLITE, & THEY LOOK LIKE A MILLION BUCKS. VERY HAPPY. P.S. THE HARO MARY SS IS THE BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK. TRUST ME I RODE EVERY 29ER OUT THERE. PERFECT FOR THE WEEKEND WORRIER.. PEACE, J....

Weaknesses:    THERE MSRP. @ $360

Bottom Line:   
THEY ROCK!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   EBAY


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tasselhof a Cross Country Rider from Russia

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2009

Strengths:    Light, stiff(where i need it) and has a little flex (where i need it), post mount.

Weaknesses:    Price maybe lower

Bottom Line:   
Great fork, 830gr uncut

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   wiggle.co.uk

Similar Products Used:   Marin Muirwoods 29 stock rigid fork

Bike Setup:   Custom 1x9 XC setum based on Muirwoods 29 frame

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by fatoldslow a Cross Country Rider from charlotte, nc

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2009

Strengths:    very light, looks cool

Weaknesses:    flex, price

Bottom Line:   
The jury is still out on this one. I swear that I climb better with a steel fork but the shock asorbtion on the small stuff is nice. The steel fork will roll over roots and rocks better whereas the WB carbon will bounce you backwards on some stuff. You have to wheelie over it or hit it real hard on the uphills or it will kill your drive. That said, the harder you ride this fork the better it seems to work. You can see it flex in the parking lot when you hit the brakes. Have a nice steel fork on order and will update this later. Hopefully a lighter steel fork will be better.

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Favorite Trail:   shermans branch

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $320.00

Purchased At:   universal

Similar Products Used:   just steel forks

Bike Setup:   raleigh single speed

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by zollman a Cross Country Rider from Durango, Colorado

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2009

Strengths:    Lightweight, good on the uphills!

Weaknesses:    To much flex, Terrible Shuddering and vibration on the steep descents (we live in some big mountains)

Bottom Line:   
Check out other forks

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Favorite Trail:   phils world

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Bike Setup:   single speed surly

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe_Jitsu a Cross Country Rider from Portland, OR

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2009

Strengths:    Light! Good-looking. Did I mention light?

Weaknesses:    Not as confidence-inspiring as steel.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is light; almost scary light. It has served me well on everything from gravel roads and cyclocross racing to full-on Northwest rooty, rocky singletrack descents. But in the back of my mind I always wonder "How badly did I mangle the carbon in that last crash?"

I continue to use this fork for gravel road races and endurance racing, where the trail conditions and style of riding don't subject it to such sever punishment on a regular basis. I have switched to a steel fork for winter riding and more gonzo type stuff. And I use a Reba when I think the going is gonna get *real* rough.

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Favorite Trail:   Whatever you got...

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Similar Products Used:   Salsa steel; Quiring custom steel; Reba suspention

Bike Setup:   Quiring singlespeed

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by D1PHAM a Weekend Warrior from San Jose, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2009

Strengths:    -Extremely light.
-Dampens well.
-Handles like a champ.
-Looks great.
-Fits a 26, 650B, and 29 inch wheel.
-Handle small bumps very very well.


Weaknesses:    -1 year warranty.
-160MM rotor max.


Bottom Line:   
Great handling fork. Dampens and handles small bumps very well for a rigid.

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Favorite Trail:   Skeggs

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist.org

Similar Products Used:   NA

Bike Setup:   Giant Rincon 69er.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mtbnachos a Cross Country Rider from San Diego

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2009

Strengths:    Light, steering, anti-shock

Weaknesses:    Expensive, just a bit flex on corners, only 160 rotors

Bottom Line:   
Wow. This fork is so light and fun to use. I hammered this fork last weekend on some technical single track and it took it like a champ. Quick steering, climbing is a breeze. Im definitely using this for racing.

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Favorite Trail:   Noble Canyon, CA

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Bike Bling

Bike Setup:   Soma Juice

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yak a Weekend Warrior from Weiilngton, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2008

Strengths:    Light, stiff, strong.

Weaknesses:    Rotor size limit if you want to keep the warranty.

Bottom Line:   
These things are amazing on a 29er. I have the 26in(425mm) version to match the geometry of my bike. They are half the weight of the steel rigids that were on originally. They seem to absorb small bumps well in combination with low pressure tyres.
I got them for a complete bargain too. :)
I cant wait to get some for my Peace 9r too.

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Favorite Trail:   all of them

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $165.00

Purchased At:   bikehq

Similar Products Used:   steel rigid fork on XXIX and Peace 9r.

Bike Setup:   Raleigh XXIX, Kore stem, post and seat. Monkey DH bars, 525 brakes, racing ralph 2.4 tyres.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by TCRunner a Cross Country Rider from Traverse City, MI USA

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2008

Strengths:    Light-weight, simple, sturdy, beautiful.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I love these forks! WB have delivered a light-weight, solid (very little chatter - even on down hill hard braking), reliable fork. Steel is an option at $100 cheaper, but doesn't offer the dampening that carbon provides. Who should buy this - EVERYONE. Changing out forks is no big deal! Shocks are over-promoted, over-rated, & over-priced. Lighten-up your ride and return to a more natural way of handling the terrain.

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Favorite Trail:   "Big" Vasa

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $285.00

Purchased At:   Speedgoat

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Salsa Mamasita, Bonti RXL, Avid Ultimate, XT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Marshall a Cross Country Rider from San Diego

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2008

Strengths:    Smooth over the nasties and chatters, responsive and LIGHT.
It looks cool too.


Weaknesses:    EXPENSIVE

Bottom Line:   
Expensive...

It rides really well, and has none of the harshness that some steel forks I tried had. It tracks and steers great, and does a great deal to dampen and smooth out the chatter and bumps. So far I have no reason to worry about the fork, I aim the bike where I want it to go, and zoom. No problem.

4 chilis for being so expensive.

5 chilis for being a rad fork!

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Favorite Trail:   Gooseberry or Tunnels (hard call)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $340.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Nada... this is the only rigid fork I've had since owning an Answer Accu-Trax chromo fork back in the late 1980's. Anybody remember those? Mine was pink... man how awful!

Bike Setup:   Vassago Jabber 29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wells a Cross Country Rider from Austin, Texas, UassA

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Has held up well for over a year of hard use. Smooths out some trail chatter and is very light. I am very happy with this fork.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Universaly Cycles

Bike Setup:   Astrix Rook, Truvativ crank, formula brakes, etc...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Albany, OR

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2008

Strengths:    Nice looking and stiff.

Weaknesses:    Limited to 6" rotor.

Bottom Line:   
I really like this fork. It is stiff in turns and compliant over chatter. There's not much to say about a rigid fork - it's stiff. No knobs, no leaking seals and no sending it off to mfg for annual maintenance.

It rides very nice and looks good doin' it.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Full Cycles.com

Bike Setup:   Salsa Mamasita 1x9.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nate a Cross Country Rider from Sactown, Ca

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2007

Strengths:    Very compliant, predictable, light and stylish

Weaknesses:    nothing

Bottom Line:   
My last bike had a rigid steel fork and compared to that, it feels like I have a suspension fork. This fork, in combination with a carbon bar (monkeylite DH), gives a super comfortable ride for a rigid bike, even when things get pretty rough. I am extremely pleased with this product.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Van Dessel Ramble Tamble SS

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