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Sometimes things don’t work out quite the way you hoped. That seems to be the case with the original Whisky No.9 disc fork which was pulled after their supply chain couldn’t keep up with the demand. Going back to the drawing board along with a completely new vendor, Whisky took the chance to rework the No.9, building on the success of the original. Now with an increased front to rear compliance of 15% while increasing torsional stiffness by 17%, the fork is better than ever and ready for a full relaunch.

Following up the incredible Inglis fat bike build we saw out at Saddle Drive, Whisky Brand Manager Matt Larson had this absolutely gorgeous Retrotec on hand to show off the No.9 fork. More than just a beautiful bike though, Matt incorporated some touching tributes to his and his wife’s late grandfathers which take the build to the next level….

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Obviously custom painted to match the rest of the Retrotec, the paint colors were inspired by a ’56 Chevy Bel Air as well as a toy car.Fitted with full fender mounts, the fork has clearance for 42mm tires and new aluminum inserts for the fork axles for improved durability for repeated wheel changes. Available by the end of April, full stock of the forks will arrive in June.

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Photo c. Marty Wood

As for the bike, in addition to featuring the new fork, Matt wanted the build to be a rolling tribute two his and his wife’s grandfathers who in Matt’s own words “were both badasses.”

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The saddle bag is actually an Ammo bag that his wife’s grandfather used in the Korean war.

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For a tribute to his own grandfather on his mom’s side, shotgun shells take the place of bar end plugs. These aren’t just any old Winchester shells though. Matt told us that he loved to go hunting with his Gramps and after he passed away the family gathered together and shot his ashes out of the shells on a lake by the cabin they used to visit while sipping his favorite drink. If that isn’t one of the most rad ways to remember your grandpa, I don’t know what is. Both pieces serve as a little reminder to Matt to “keep on keepin on, and push past the hurt” when crushing long rides.

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Even without the touching tributes, the Retrotec is a complete stunner. You can see it for yourself in Louisville, KY at NAHBS in just a few weeks!

Thanks to Matt for opening up about the awesome build and to Marty Wood for the amazing photos!

 

16 COMMENTS

  1. Amazing bike, loving the ammo bag and bar end caps.

    I wonder why they didn’t raise the seat tube bottle a tad, lower the down tube bottle, then place the third bottle higher on the down tube.

  2. Is this the same fork as is on the Foundry Overland? That one uses the DT Swiss RWS. Is it possible to use an RWS with this fork? I think the Maxle and RWS have a different thread pitch.

  3. is this a revamped Whiskey no 9 fork that will be on the new Harrow as well? Since last year it was scraped due to production issues?

  4. it’s a good thing that QBP/Whisky put fender mounts on the fork, because the moment ENVE makes a thru-axle CX fork that’ll be where we order forks for our custom bikes who don’t absolutely need the front fender. I have a little more confidence in ENVE’s ability to deliver product since they make the product themselves.

    It’s more than a little annoying to builders who are selling bikes to customers rather than building show bikes. We had to roll back a complete bike order and just ship a frame w/ headset….because the finished frame had sat in the frameshop for months waiting on a fork. Full stock in June? Thanks…

  5. @Mark V, “they make the product themselves”? Enve makes forks the same way Whisky makes forks. With molds on the other side of the globe. Do you have some special knowledge you want to drop on us?

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