STANCHION DIAMETER: 35mm
27.5in (65mm wide by 714mm tall Max Tire size)
TRAVEL: Positioned at 160mm from factory / Internally adjustable in 10mm increments (170mm to 100mm) / 2 Travel spacers included
AIR SPRING: Independent positive and negative chambers
AIR VOLUME ADJUSTMENTS: Internal 8-position indexed system / Accessory free
DAMPER: High Speed Compression (10 Clicks) / Low Speed Compression (20 Clicks) / Low Speed Rebound (15 Clicks)
Tapered 1 1/8in to 1 1/2in Steerer
"D-Loc" 15mm x 110mm thru axle system (BOOST Spacing)
DOES IT HAVE DOUBLE BARREL TECHNOLOGY?
Helm is a completely new product from Cane Creek, and has a different approach to damping relative to our Double Barrel technology. Because a leverage ratio is applied to a rear shock within the rear suspension design of a frame, and a fork has no leverage ratio (body weight directly applies to the fork’s travel), a rear shock experiences around three times the amount of damping forces that a front fork experiences. Therefore, Double Barrel technology for rear shocks doesn’t provide the same type of benefit for front forks.
WHAT IS THE DAMPER DESIGN?
Helm’s damper is a closed cartridge mono-tube design that provides control of high speed compression, low speed compression, and rebound.
WHAT IS THE TRAVEL?
Helm forks are set from the Cane Creek Factory at 160mm of travel, but are optimized for travel settings between 170mm and 140mm of travel. Internal 10mm travel adjustment spacers (2) are included with every Helm fork. Travel can be increased to 170mm and decreased down to as low as 100mm, with the installation of seven 10mm travel spacers.
IS THE TRAVEL EASILY ADJUSTABLE?
Travel adjustment must be performed internally. Instructions for this procedure can be found within the Helm instruction manual included with every fork as well as service videos on canecreek.com. It is recommended that an experienced mechanic perform the procedure. Travel adjustment can be performed at home with the use of 13mm, 18mm, and 22mm wrenches.
WHAT MUCH DOES IT WEIGH?
Helm 170mm forks weigh 2070 grams (4.56 pounds).
WHAT COLORS ARE AVAILABLE?
Helm is available in a matte black finish with white/grey decals and key gold anodized parts. For a limited time, a matte blue version is available for Helm with orange/teal/red decals and key black anodized parts.
WILL THE BLUE LAUNCH EDITION BE LIMITED IN QUANTITY?
There will be only 300 Blue Launch Edition Helm forks available for purchase.
IS IT BOOST SPACING?
Helm forks are only available in 15mmx110mm BOOST spacing with traditional end caps.
WHAT IS THE HELM'S OFFSET?
The 27.5 HELM has an offset of 44mm
CAN I USE IT WITH A NON-BOOST FRONT WHEEL?
Yes, a non-Boost front wheel can be used with the proper spacer adaptor kit.
ARE SPACERS KITS FOR NON-BOOST FRONT WHEELS AVAILABLE THROUGH CANE CREEK?
No, adaptor kits are specific to wheel models. Please see your wheel manufacturers’ specifications. Options can be found at wheelsmfg.com
HOW IS THE AIR SPRING CURVE ADJUSTED? DOES IT USE TOKENS?
Helm’s air spring curve is adjusted internally by an indexed rod and static piston assembly, no additional parts need to be purchased/installed to perform this change. Air volume can be adjusted by removing the air valve assembly out of the left leg of the fork using a 30mm wrench and moving the static piston up or down the indexed rod to achieve the proper spring curve.
IS THE THRU-AXLE DESIGN UNIQUE TO THE HELM?
Yes, the D-LOC thru-axle system is unique to Helm.
CAN I USE A NON-QR THRU-AXLE?
No, Helm’s D-Loc axle must be used on Helm forks, using any other axle system will void its warranty.
WHAT IS THE AXLE TO CROWN HEIGHT?
140mm of Travel - 533mm Ride Height
150mm of Travel - 543mm Ride Height
160mm of Travel - 553mm Ride Height
170mm of Travel - 563mm Ride Height
WHAT IS THE MAX TIRE SIZE?
Due to variations in rim / tire widths: the maximum tire size is 65mm x 714mm. But always check tire clearance with no air in the fork at full compression. Verify at least 10mm if clearance across the complete arc of the tire and the crown.
IS THERE A 29ER VERSION AVAILABLE?
Helm is currently only available in 27.5 inch tire size. 29 inch tire size Helm forks will be available in the future.
WHAT IS THE RETAIL PRICE?
Helm retail price is $1,100 USD.
WHAT IS THE WARRANTY?
All Cane Creek suspension products, including Helm, have a limited one (1) year warranty, subject to limitations.
WHAT ADJUSTMENTS DOES IT HAVE?
Helm forks are 7-way adjustable: 10 positions of high speed compression , 20 positions of low speed compression, 15 positions of low speed rebound, 8 positions volume reduction, independent positive and negative air chambers. And internal travel adjustment.
DOES IT HAVE TO BE SENT IN FOR SERVICING?
Yes, for best performance, Cane Creek recommends a Fork Lower service for every 50 hours of use. Additionally, a Full Fork air spring and damper rebuild performed by a Cane Creek authorized service center for every 100 hours of use.
HOW IS THE NEGATIVE SPRING PRESSURE SET?
During inflation through the air valve on the left leg of the fork, an additional step is required for properly setting sag with appropriate negative air pressure. Charging the air valve only adds air to the positive chamber of the air spring. To inflate the negative air chamber, charge the air valve of the positive chamber at the top of the fork, a button on the bottom of the left leg opens a valve and transfers air from the positive air chamber to the negative air chamber.
HOW IS THE NEGATIVE SPRING PRESSURE ADJUSTED?
Because the two air chambers are isolated, the rider can set different air pressures in the differing chambers for the desired feel. First, inflate the positive air chamber, then press the negative air chamber equalizer button. Once the two air chambers have the same amount of pressure, either increase or decrease the amount of air in the positive chamber. The negative air chamber will remain at the original psi relative to the change in positive air pressure.