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Helm MKII AIR

1 review|4 answered questions

29" - $1,099.99
27.5" - $1,099.99 $659.40



The Helm MKII includes a newly designed damper featuring a new compression and mid-valve circuit for increased support and control while a new SKF oil seal head and 2.5 weight damper oil reduce friction and provide a more supple ride-feel.

Highlights:

  • Easily adjustable from 120mm – 160mm travel with included parts.
  • Indexed air volume adjustment (No tokens)
  • 30psi minimum operating pressure
  • Tunable negative air spring
  • Internally travel adjustable
  • Hand-built to order in Fletcher, NC

29 inch Helm forks come in a gloss black finish with matte black stickers and 27.5 Helm forks will come in a matte black finish with gloss black stickers.

Get 20% off when you buy our MTB Package.

Orders containing suspension are made to order and ship in 5-10 days.

All 29″ fork returns are subject to a 20% restocking fee.

All 27.5″ forks are final sale.

Limited Edition: Check out our full collection of these highly sought-after Helm forks.

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"Mixing incredible levels of control, impressive levels of small-bump sensitivity and bucket loads of adjustability leaves the door wide open when searching for that ultimate set up."

– Jim Bland, World Cup mechanic

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Additional information

Weight

2080 grams

Damping

High Speed Compression, Low Speed Compression, Low Speed Rebound

Spring

Double-Air spring system. High volume positive and negative air springs

Stanchion Diameter

35mm

Minimum Brake Rotor Size

180mm.  *If you are using a Hope Tech brake on a Helm fork, you will need to use a 200mm rotor with appropriate adapter.

Travel

Optimized for 130-160mm of travel

Travel Adjustments

Internal, 10mm Increments (160mm down to 130mm)

2 Travel spacers included

AXLE / SPACING / OFFSET

"D-Loc" 15mm Bolt-on thru axle  / 15mm x 110 BOOST spacing / 51mm and 44mm

Max Tire Size

64mm wide by 749mm tall (29) / 75mm wide by 739mm tall (27.5+)

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Q & A

I have Crankbrothers Synthesis Alloy 29” wheels that have a 36.2mm outer width. Would I be able to run a 2.6” tire with these rims? Thanks Dan Amos asked on September 29, 2023

It really depends on the rim and the tire. Some 2.6" tires have a wider profile with more pronounced lugs that can affect tire clearance. I use a rim with a 27mm INNER width with a 2.5" Minion and it clears with plenty of room for a fender etc.

Ben Rea answered on October 3, 2023 store manager
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Will 2.6” tires fit on the 29” Helm fork? I see the max tire size is 64mm, which works out to 2.52”. I know rim width matters a bit too. Peter Hoelsema asked on September 21, 2023

You can squeeze a 2.6" tire in the Helm29 as long as the rim is narrower... You will want to check clearance before riding and using the wider tire. We list 64mm instead of a tire size because the rim/tire combination can affect clearance. A 2.5" on a really wide rim may not clear...

Ben Rea answered on September 27, 2023 store manager
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Can I buy a 130 mm travel fork and increase it to 140mm ?; Or more ? Thomas Anderson asked on September 2, 2023

Yes! The Helm MKII is the easiest fork to travel adjust. In fact you can adjust the travel from 100m to 160mm on the same fork. Check out the travel adjust video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9vZskHg-kg

Ben Rea answered on September 6, 2023 store manager
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Can I buy a 150mm fork and then reduce the travel to 140mm? (The 140mm is not avalible anymore) Maartje asked on May 8, 2023

Hi! Thanks for asking! Yes you can buy a 150mm fork and reduce travel to 140mm. All Helm forks are travel adjustable in 10mm increments with very few tools. You can follow the process by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9vZskHg-kg

Jenna Toney answered on May 10, 2023 store manager
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Features

The Helm MKII is our first major revision of the Helm fork lineup and improves on its predecessor in nearly every way.

Fully Revised Damper Tune

  • New compression and midvalve circuit for increased support and control
  • New SKF low friction oil seal head cartridge
  • High performance damper oil from Motorex

New SKF low friction wiper seals installed in the castings.

Redesigned Air Spring

  • Increased air volume for better traction and suppleness
  • New air piston for reduced friction
  • New threadless air seal head for easier travel change

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Prior to buy these forks, I read some reviews about Cane Creeks paint being not up to standard with blemishes out of the box and easily chipping. I wanted to get these anyway because I love supporting American brands when able and these were on sale. The forks I purchased did come with some minor blemishing and I did manage to chip the paint installing the fender. Also, the steerer tube didn’t cut as cleanly as previous forks I’ve cut but that could just be me. Obviously this doesn’t affect ride quality and they ride good enough. Definitely would not buy these at the $1,100 price point they are usually in. Even at $659 I think you can find the Marzochi Z1, RS Pike, and Fox 36 Elite sometimes under that. All 3 of those options I think provide a better bang for your buck if you can find them similarly priced and you don’t mind supporting foreign companies. Just my opinion and all this is very subjective.

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