New Nature Boy Fork Crown
Just wanted to let you know that we decided to make a few changes to the Nature Boy fork for production. The old crown just didn't offer enough mud clearance so we changed it.
The fork crown that will be coming on your new best friend is this hott little number:
Allow me to illustrate
*apologies for showing all sorts of forks in all sorts of colors
old crown on the left, new on the right
if you look closely you'll see that not only is the new fork crown wider, but the tangs on the inside of the leg are shorter as well. Both give added clearance.
Old crown with 32c tire on 24mm wide rim
New crown with same wheel and tire
This my friends is a positive change all the way around, unless of course you hate flat crowns, then it is a compromise.
We have also made a change to the placement of the fender mounts: they were on the backside of the fork which was doable but a pain in the ass and are now on the outside of the leg like so.
This is way more user friendly and we feel still much better looking than a traditional eyelet.
Nature Boy frames will be here in July and completes in August.
All of us over here who have a proto NB have been loving them and think you'll be equally enamored once you finally get your hands on one. I've been using mine for commuting, dirt paths, and most recently a 100 mile gravel race. The bike sprints well, soaks up bumps as you'd expect a high quality steel bike to do, and fits like a glove. I'm super into this thing, and super into looking at dirty pictures of it.
*that's the old fork in the photo above. I had a 38c tire in there and packed it full of mud and rubbed a bunch of paint off the inside of the fork. This confirmed that a change was necessary.