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The Helm MKII is our first major update of the Helm fork lineup and improves on its predecessor in nearly every way. Hand-built in Western North Carolina and rigorously tested and developed in the Appalachian Mountains. 

Featuring an updated damper design with new compression and mid valve circuits, a new SKF oil seal head, and Motorex 2.5 weight damper oil. All of these elements work to reduce friction and increase sensitivity.



Tuning your suspension starts with dialing in your spring.  The independent positive and negative air chambers – along with the self contained indexed volume adjustment system allow all Helm air forks to be set up for any rider and any style.  

The Helm MKII air spring has a redesigned air piston which increases air volumes and reduces friction, greatly improving traction and suppleness on trail.   The threadless seal head and manual negative air charge button designs allow for easy travel setting adjustments and the ability to properly set up riders of all different sizes and abilities. 

  • Indexed Air Volume Adjustment (No tokens) 
  • 30psi Minimum Operating Pressure
  • Tunable Negative Air Spring
  • Internally Travel Adjustable 

"Overall I found the Helm to be an excellent fork. It provides all of the great handling and support that you would expect from a 35mm stanchion fork. It has loads of adjustability which allows riders to find exactly what they're looking for out of their fork. The Helm handled everything I threw at it flawlessly."

– Zach Peterson, Vital MTB


Every single Helm fork is designed, built, inspected, tested and packed by a dedicated team of suspension professionals at our facility in Fletcher, North Carolina. Our suspension team’s attention to detail is illustrated in our three step Dyno testing, ensuring that our hand built products reach high standards of precision and performance.

This process includes: 

  • Individual Damper Assemblies compression and rebound verification.
  • Helm Chassis validation of the spring and damper
  • Final hand dyno to ensure quality and supple feel.


The HELM’s Damper is the control center of the fork – highly sensitive check springs, valves and shims control the flow of oil with every compression and rebound as you ride down the trail. Cane Creek’s Development Team equips the MKII with new compression and mid valve circuits to maintain control during heavy braking and square edge scenarios.

A redesigned SKF Oil Seal Head and Motorex damper oil work together to protect the internal damper components while simultaneously reducing friction.


In keeping with our love for building components that stand out from the crowd, the Chroma Studio is here to add some additional style to your bike.

Make it unique with these timeless colors.

Helm MKII Air Tech Specs

Product Details

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Stephen Alexander
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Helm MKII was purchased to pair up with the Cane Creek AIR IL that I have on my REEB SST.
I purchased the 150mm but I’ve also ridden the 140mm version. This shock is the best riding shock I’ve ridden, it has a great small bump damping effect but can handle the big drops and jumps with ease.
Definitely take time out to learn about how to set up this fork, it functions differently than other forks.
My only criticism is the price point and only because I feel many other riders would choose this shock if the price comparison was better when weighing it against FOX or DVO.
Even with the price I’d recommend this fork without hesitation.

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3 days ago
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Nicholas P.
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First impressions are very good. Good small bump sensitivity but with a very tunable mid-stroke. The high and low speed adjustments make for meaningful changes with aids in the set up. At 140 mm, this helm has dramatically improved my ride for my ibis ripley V4.

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1 month ago
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Awesome fork!! Very well made and super smooth!!

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2 months ago

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