Only a few short years ago nobody could get their hands on a carbon ‘cross bike apart from an Alan for love nor money. It’s now rare to see anything but carbon on most high profile start lines. Forme are a number of brands starting to tip the balance slightly.
There’s no logical reason why carbon frames are better than alloy. Carbon just became desirable. Alloy has a number of advantages – particularly in cost of mass-production and in more consistency in material profiles.
Their own stated ambition in developing the new Calver frame was …
… to deliver race-winning performance at an affordable real-world price point. This ground-breaking frame is an early taster of what is to come from Forme’s 2018 range.
Forme’s new Calver will be ridden by a number of top riders this year including the evergreen Zepnat squad, and it certainly looks to be a well thought-out bike covering a lot of bases.
- Removable front Derailleur Hanger (to properly adapt for 1x set ups)
- Integrated Cable Routing
- Optimised Tube Profiles (flattened under to top tube – helps a lot in longer carries!)
- Thru Axles @ the fairly standard 100x12mm front and 142x12mm rear
- Flat Mount Disc Brakes
It’ll be interesting to see how this one sells. At ~1.2kg the frame touches the scales no harder than many of its carbon rivals. At £525 retail for the alloy frame, when compared to alloy rivals out there, it’ll need to be very good, though.
More info here on Forme Bikes’ site