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In the beginning, over apres beer...

The Lauf Forks idea was born over a cold bike-ride aprés beer in a cramped basement apartment in Reykjavik around Christmas-time 2010. Avid mountain biker and engineer Benedikt Skulason, at the time working as an R&D engineer for a high-end composite prosthetic feet company, pitched his idea of a super-light revolutionary bicycle suspension fork to his good friend and industrial designer Gudberg Bjornsson.

The idea was born

Surrounded by high-tech composite materials and technology at work and turning them into extremely strong and durable high performance prosthetics, while taking part in bike races in the off hours. This was just the right mix for the Lauf seed to start germinating. Benedikt soon realized that he happened to have the right ingredients for ultra-lightweight bicycle suspension, and consequently the Lauf fork idea was born! The Lauf fork is a revolutionary twist on the well known and proven “leaf spring suspension” concept, combined with today's high performance composite materials.

First race - First place!

On June 27th 2013, we reached a true milestone in our existence as a bicycle component company, when Helgi Berg took 1st place in the very first race the Lauf Trail Racer fork entered. The contest took place on the tracks of Heidmork, a popular outdoors area at the border of Reykjavik, Iceland, our home turf. Close to 100 people entered the race.

The benchmark fork for super-fast hardtails

Fast forward to this date, the Lauf Trail Racer fork is ridden by racers and enthusiasts all around the world. The incredibly positive feedback we have received from our customers and bike media in both Europe and US (REVIEWS) is making the Lauf Trail Racer the benchmark fork for super-fast lightweight hardtails. In short, our customers and the media have verified that we have achieved everything we set out to when designing the Lauf Trail Racer. We love what we do at work, and we love that our customers love it too!

The Lauf Crew

Benedikt Skulason - CEO & Founder

Benedikt Skulason

CEO & Founder

About

Background

Mountain biking enthusiast since early childhood, M.Sc. Industrial engineering from Columbia University, represented Iceland at the Physics Olympiad in 2004.

I gained experience working with cutting-edge composites as a R&D engineer for one of the world's leading manufacturer of high-end composite prosthetic feet.

Favourite type of riding

Fast flowing singletracks on a responsive and light hardtail mountain bike.

Benedikt Skulason - CEO & Founder

Benedikt Skulason

CEO & Founder

Background

Mountain biking enthusiast since early childhood, M.Sc. Industrial engineering from Columbia University, represented Iceland at the Physics Olympiad in 2004.

I gained experience working with cutting-edge composites as a R&D engineer for one of the world's leading manufacturer of high-end composite prosthetic feet.

Favourite type of riding

Fast flowing singletracks on a responsive and light hardtail mountain bike.

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Bergur Benediktsson - Production Manager

Bergur Benediktsson

Production Manager

About

Background

Lost the front wheel doing a wheelie when I was 8, that didn’t end well. I am a snowboarder, rock climber, adventurer, beer drinker, beard-grower and M.Sc Mechatronics.

I have repaired cars, designed sewage cleaning stations for cleaning people’s shit, food industry machines for feeding the world and leisure boats for the filthy rich people.

Favourite type of riding

All mountain in the backcountry, hardtail for the pub.

Bergur Benediktsson - Production Manager

Bergur Benediktsson

Production Manager

Background

Lost the front wheel doing a wheelie when I was 8, that didn’t end well. I am a snowboarder, rock climber, adventurer, beer drinker, beard-grower and M.Sc Mechatronics.

I have repaired cars, designed sewage cleaning stations for cleaning people’s shit, food industry machines for feeding the world and leisure boats for the filthy rich people.

Favourite type of riding

All mountain in the backcountry, hardtail for the pub.

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Gudberg Bjornsson - Chief Designer & Founder

Gudberg Bjornsson

Chief Designer & Founder

About

Background

MSc. Industrial Design, always one bike on the stand for renovation and graphic tea taster. Co-founder of the tea company Tefélagið and a detail enthusiast.

Favourite type of riding

Exploring new trails, from gravelly to speedy narrow trails with sliding turns resulting in a good adventure. And cruising in the sun on a MC.

Gudberg Bjornsson - Chief Designer & Founder

Gudberg Bjornsson

Chief Designer & Founder

Background

MSc. Industrial Design, always one bike on the stand for renovation and graphic tea taster. Co-founder of the tea company Tefélagið and a detail enthusiast.

Favourite type of riding

Exploring new trails, from gravelly to speedy narrow trails with sliding turns resulting in a good adventure. And cruising in the sun on a MC.

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Johann N. Baldursson - VP Sales & Marketing

Johann N. Baldursson

VP Sales & Marketing

About

Background

B.Sc. Marketing and Business strategies. I love the outdoors, chasing the sun and following the path where it leads me. Motorcycles, cars, bicycles - hell anything on wheels!

Favourite type of riding

Chasing tracks as hard as I can.

Johann N. Baldursson - VP Sales & Marketing

Johann N. Baldursson

VP Sales & Marketing

Background

B.Sc. Marketing and Business strategies. I love the outdoors, chasing the sun and following the path where it leads me. Motorcycles, cars, bicycles - hell anything on wheels!

Favourite type of riding

Chasing tracks as hard as I can.

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Media Reviews

Grit
Road Bike Action - Lauf Grit

"With plenty of testing ground covered and many hours testing in some of the most adverse weather and terrain, it was clear that Lauf has hit the nail square on the head with the Grit. Not only did it handle all of the small bumps and holes with the perfect amount of damping, but also absorbed the large ruts and rocks when we were descending at high speeds with minimal visibility. The fork is light and still allows the bike to climb well. If you’re a stand-up-and-mash kind of rider, you may get a small amount of bobbing, but with the much-stiffer springs and shorter travel, it isn’t much. In our eyes, the Grit could be a good addition to your gravel bike and will defi nitely open the door to even more adventurous routes."

Grit
Bikerumor - Lauf Grit

"With the Grit, I could plow through them much faster and without bottoming the tire on the rim. On the front anyway. I feel bad for my rear tire and rim."

"Normally, I’m trying to hammer up this climb, which requires trying to both lift the front end up and over some of the more twisted sections while also pedaling hard. With the Lauf, I could roll more of them without lifting so much, so I was faster and more efficient."

Tyler Benedict - Bikerumor.com

Carbonara
Fat-Bike.com - Carbonara

"In the end, I found the Lauf Carbonara to be an amazingly versatile carbon fork, more than I thought of it as a suspension fork with limitations. It really is a beast all its own, and worth anyone’s consideration that likes to take fatbikes to places that only fatbikes can go."

Kevin Breitenbach - Fat-bike.com

LTR
Fiets.nl

4.5 out of 5!
"The advantage of the combination was that the bike was very light, and on single tracks it feels like you are the king. On Dutch trails the Lauf Trail Racer is absolutely recommended. And another advantage of the system is that it requires no maintenance!"

Mathijs Wagenaar - fiets.nl

LTR
Bikeradar

"The Lauf’s leaf springs mean there’s absolutely no loss of feel from sticky moving parts – the Lauf lets the wheel track the ground unhindered by additional friction, resulting in a buttery smooth ride."

"Likewise, with no moving parts, maintenance is a non-issue – there’s simply nothing to maintain"

Tom Marvin - Bikeradar.com

LTR
Terrengsykkel

"During climbs and powerful acceleration the Lauf feels almost as a rigid fork. The responsiveness the lightweight fork adds to bike, is lightning fast. You must be both super sensitive and petulant to notice some flex."

Gauter - Terrengsykkel.no

Carbonara
Fat-bike.com

"I think the one thing that stood out the most, was that I never really noticed it. Combined with a fat tire, this fork gives just enough give to take the edge off the trail. But it keeps the front end light enough that you don’t realize you have a suspension fork."

Chris Reichel - fat-bike.com

LTR
Cycle To Fitness

"Buy a Lauf. If you are a cross country racer, this is the fork for you. Yes, the looks are very polarizing, some people love it, some people hate it, but the performance is spot on. It handles great, it climbs awesome, and the weight is spot on."

LTR
Singletrack

"For those whose trails are mostly smooth but don’t want their wrists smashed by a rigid fork the Trail Racer is certainly worth considering – and if you’re the kind of rider who rides with their forks locked out a lot, then the Lauf is certainly worth some investigation too"

Simeon Mainey - singletrackworld.com

LTR
Allt Om MTB

"I think it is crazy fun to ride, the quick and sensitive characteristics make the bike feel incredibly fast. How it will turnout on the stopwatch, I think depends on the terrain. But it if you have 8490SEK, and think that riding a bike is the best there is, you have to go for it. I am going to test it in some of the longer races in the upcoming season and I hardly believe that I will be disappointed."

LTR
Mountain Bike Action

"Coming off of Specialized's carbon rigid fork, the Trail Racer was a welcome addition and actually made the bike more fun and comfortable, allowing us to ride longer. On most cross country terrain, the Trail Racer eats up small chatter without question, and the undamped rebound speed didn't cause any problems. While soaking up small chatter, the fork still felt very stiff laterally when torquing on the handlebars out of the saddle."

LTR
LTR
VeloChannel.com

"Definitely a really interesting product, a third alternative between classic 100 mm fork and rigid fork. Really useful for trails which are not too difficult, bunch of XC races outside mountains area, this fork is reactive and absorbs bunch of frequently met bumps. [...] 
No maintenance needed, good for muddy conditions as well with a construction without bridge, the Lauf TR29 is a must have if you are looking for a lightweight but ridable bike."

LTR
Twentynineinches-de.com

"The fork is a masterpiece of simplicity." "In my view, a very comfortable rigid fork or a suspension fork for extreme purists - depending on which way you look at it, and thus a serious alternative for all those considering a move from conventional suspension forks to rigid ones, but fear the transition."

c g. Editor at Twentynineinches-de.com

LTR
Bikerumor.com

"It’s certainly not for everyone, but neither is a long travel fork with dual compression and rebound adjustments. After riding it, I think they’re onto something and can fill a niche in the XC scene."

Tyler Benedict. Founder and editor of BikeRumor.com

LTR
Bike Magazin Germany

"The Lauf Trail Racer is a real alternative for xc mountain bikes."

Full story in Bike Magazin Germany issue: 11/13

LTR
PinkBike.com

"What do we think? As crazy as the Lauf TR29 fork seems at first glance, it makes sense for riders who don't need or want a lot of suspension travel - or who are turned off by the threat of future maintenance and the complication of telescopic suspension forks."

Richard Cunningham. Editor at PinkBike.com and in MTB Hall of Famer since 1995.

LTR
GearJunkie.com

“The fork takes some getting used to, and it also has drawbacks like no dampening and no rebound adjust, but for long XC riding and adventure racing it was amazing — it is the perfect compromise between standard suspension and rigid light carbon.”

Jason Magness - Gearjunkie.com

Riders Reviews

LTR
Søren Nissen

"As a pro MTB'er I always need to improve and think new ways to do things, the LAUF fork is simply a masterpiece of modern cycling technology! 
The LAUF fork is exactly what I have been looking for. You loose almost 1 kg compared to other suspension systems on the market! No maintenance, no problems!! Just ride!!"

Søren Nissen - iHus / Stevens Racing Team, Danish XCM Champion 2015.

LTR
John P. Petrylak

“Everyone should be riding on this fork! My biggest concern was “bob” issues when climbing because I’ve become so dependent on fork lock outs. I no longer have any concerns, it climbed great but still offers small bump absorption during out of the saddle efforts.”

John P. Petrylak - NUE 11th overall 2014

LTR
Jeff Mandell

“The fork absorbed the little bit of trail chatter, ate up the unseen bumps, yet still felt stiff in the corners. I didn’t notice any brake dive or bobbing when out of the saddle.”




Jeff Mandell - NUE 10th overall 2014

LTR
Gerry Pflug

"By adding the Lauf fork to my bike, I immediately noticed my bike weighed less and had a more responsive ride, while still providing sufficient vibration control and big hit shock absorption."


Gerry Pflug - Team Rare Disease Cycling, NUE 3rd overall 2014.

LTR
David Carbonell

"Lauf is the most polyvalent fork that you can buy. It makes the same sense of lightness as my previous rigid carbon fiber fork and when I'm doing downhill I don't be worried about rocks or bumps because of its capacity of absorption is amazing."

David Carbonell - Team U-CUB

LTR
Ben Edwards

"I highly recommend the TR29 for racers specifically. The benefits of the fork outweigh the downsides in my opinion. I prefer it over traditional suspension forks and it is now a permanent fixture on my race bike and my future race bike. So what are you waiting for? Get Laufed!"

Ben Edwards - XC marathon racer

LTR
Kyle Bloesser

The quick and agile Lauf fork fully compresses in technical sections and has great small bump absorption, at the same time. All while staying very stiff and solid, thus creating a very smooth and comfortable ride.



Kyle Bloesser. SDG Factory Team.

LTR
Fernando Riveros Paez

"It was the perfect fork for the Sea Otter Classic XC. Awesome when climbing and it gave me impressive grip through the corners."




Fernando Riveros Paez. Team Scott-Rotor.

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A J Linnell

"For 100-mile ultra-endurance races lightweight performance is at a premium, and my Lauf fork delivers.  It weighs about 1/3 less than my old suspension fork, but the real difference is in the performance.  The cornering is so responsive and the riding feels so snappy--no lost energy, even when I'm out of the saddle mashing the pedals on my single speed...the Lauf TR29 keeps me racing fast."

A J Linnell

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Jesper Slik

"The weight is just outstanding! It functions great on the track, and it doesn't disappoint in the downhill as well. The fork absorbs most of the bumps, and drops are no problem either. The 60 mm travel is long enough. All in all I think the fork is very good!"

Jesper Slik. Team Giant Europe.

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Erik Kay

"Today the Niner with the Lauf Trail Racer 29" made a big difference. The bike was light and had great response as if it had a rigid fork, but filtered out all the bumps that would have slowed me down and worn me out. It also gave me great traction in the turns. The weight is incredible at 990grams. In other words, the perfect fork for a race like the Birkebeiner."

Erik Kay. Team Niner, Norway.

LTR
Ingvar Omarsson

"What I love most about the Lauf fork is the fact that I stopped thinking about my suspension while riding it. Instead of thinking about whether I should lock/unlock my fork or replace it with a rigid fork I put all my focus on riding faster, while the Lauf fork absorbed the bumps.”

Ingvar Omarsson. Iceland's National MTB Team & National MTB Champion of 2012 and 2014.

LTR
Fabian Costa

"It’s lighter than my roadbike and even better stiffness. I absolutely love the stiffness of this fork!!! It also puts my front a little lower, which makes my position a little more aerodynamic."

Fabian Costa. Haibike Racing Team Haiming.

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Helgi Berg

"I was thrilled to get to take the Lauf Trail Racer 29” and race it in its first XC contest on my Focus Raven. Winning the race was incredible and I was stoked on the performance of the fork. 60mm of suspension with a slight backwards movement is even better than a conventional 80-100mm suspension"

Helgi Berg. Iceland National MTB Team.