Nose manuals. Nose mannies. Nozzas. Noseys. Whatever you call them, Chad Kerley has got the hang of them. One hundred percent. If you asked me, I’d say that Chad’s banger clip in his Markit Zero section is the best nose manual ever done.
To do nose manuals at such a high level, you need quite a specific set of forks. With his absolute expertise in the area, Chad came up with a short and snappy design for his signature forks from Premium Parts, the CK Fork.
“Chad Kerley came up with a short and snappy design, perfect for nose manuals."
Why so specific? Doing front end tricks demands a short fork offset, meaning your front wheel doesn’t sit as far forward as it does in forks with traditional geometry. A traditional offset is usually around 32mm. A shorter offset makes it easier to get your weight over the balance point of the front wheel – simple. For his forks, Chad has gone with a 24mm offset, which is very short!
These forks have been available for three years or so and in that time have been proven not only by Chad but also by the hoards of CK fans who use them on a daily basis.
As well as being short and responsive, the CK forks are also nice and strong. 5mm thick investment cast dropouts, fluted steerer tube, full heat treated 4130 chromoly all round. Chad’s the kind of guy who likes fat tyres, so you can be sure that even the biggest balloons will fit through these forks.
There are a couple of little finishing touches that set these forks apart, too. The big one is the CK signature at the base of the steerer tube. It’s nicely embossed. There’s also the Premium logo at the end of the tapered fork legs, which is recessed on the angled face that ducks in to meet the dropouts.