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Similarly to the pictured below RS Pike, most fork manufacturers place the ark in front of the stanchions. This has proven to be a terrible solution when riding in muddy (or actually anything different than asphalt) conditions:

  • on each rotation, the tire grabs some mud, dust, sand
  • the first (and only) thing, standing in the way of the accumulated muck, is the fork brace
  • the brace scrapes the mud
  • the mud accumulates on the conveniently located flat areas behind the brace
  • the stanchions work to push the contaminants into the bushings and seals
  • the mud builds up indefinitely, instead of just falling to the ground

Why not place the ark to the rear of the stanchions, like DT Swiss do?

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  • I think you mean the brace not the crown. I'd assume it's got something to do with rigidity and strength, that said I like how Manitou have thier brace at the rear. – Hitchmo May 18 '16 at 15:43
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    Perhaps somebody has a patent on placing it on the back of the fork. – Kibbee May 18 '16 at 15:49

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