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Seven's new flat-mount Matador fork

Published August 21, 2017

WATERTOWN, Mass. (BRAIN) - Seven Cycles has released a new fork for mixed-terrain and gravel riders called the Matador. The new fork has clearance for a 700 x 45c tire or 650b x 2.1.

Based on the success of their previous thru-axle fork, the Max 45, Seven designed the Matador  from the ground up and incorporating new features to improve handling for many mixed-terrain riders.

Seven Cycles’ founder Rob Vandermark said, “We have this opportunity every day. We can incorporate our riders' experiences into new bikes on a very short timeline. The industry has only just begun to innovate specifically for mixed-terrain riding, and we think the Matador represents the next phase, incorporating some basic design improvements not available from any other fork."

The Matador comes in a stock 55mm rake, which improves handling for most riders as well as minimizes toe overlap with larger tires. It's in natively flat-mount, but can be adapted for used with older, post-mount brakes. It also has fender mounts, for riders who will adventure in the rain, snow, ice and mud, the company said.

“Forks are still catching up to frames in terms of options for riders trying to do long, off-road, mixed-terrain rides," Vandermark said. "Initially, cyclocross forks were the only option, and then a variety of disc forks hit the market, including several of our own design. Matador is, we think, the most contemporary design on the market now.”

The Matador retails for $565 and is available for order both with a complete Seven build or aftermarket, as a stand-alone product through the Seven website. It comes with 12mm thru-axle dropouts and a 5.5cm rake. The steerer taper is 1.5” to 1.125”. The build height is 395mm, and it takes flat mount disc brakes with 160mm rotors.

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