In 1799, in Cabarrus County North Carolina, a 12-year-old boy named Conrad Reed found a large yellow rock while playing in a creek on his family's land. He hauled the stone home and his family, who liked the look of the shiny metal, used it as a doorstop in their home.
It sat there for a few years before Conrad's dad took the stone to a local jeweler who let the, know that their "doorstop" was actually a gold nugget weighing 17 lbs. People heard about Conrad's discovery and flocked to the area to make their fortunes, thus beginning the first gold rush in the United States.
In honor of Conrad's discovery, Cane Creek named this limited gold and black Helm colorway the ConRad Edition.
Cane Creek's Helm Air is a high end Trail and Enduro fork with Boost standard and 170 mm travel which can internally be reduced to 100 mm via spacers and in steps of 10 mm. The stiff casting allows you to install tires with 65 mm maximum width and 714 mm height. The 35 mm stanchions are made of butted aluminium.
The Cane Creek Helm fork offers a closed damping cartridge with Mono-Tube design and an air damping with independent positive and negative air chambers and a mechanically adjustable negative spring. The adjustment options comprise High-Speed compression, Low-Speed compression and Low-Speed rebound.
Technologies of the Cane Creek Helm Air 27.5" fork
AIR Spring Technology - Independent positive and negative air chambers
Give your bike the advantage it has always wanted. Helm’s unique air spring system provides unmatched ride quality, traction, and accessory-free adjustability. The high volume air chambers allow for instantaneous off the top suppleness, superior mid-stroke support and unbelievable tracking.
Staying true to Cane Creek’s ideology #EveryRideIsDifferent, their engineering team isolated both the positive and negative air springs; enabling the rider to independently control the air pressures and feel throughout the entire stroke of their fork.
With predictable control as the main goal of any rider's suspension setup, Cane Creek gives riders the ability to take the Helm. With 10 clicks of High-Speed compression, 20 clicks of Low-Speed compression, and 15 clicks of Low-Speed rebound no rock garden is too big or rut too deep. The Helm's damper system is a true closed cartridge mono-tube design, eliminating additional weight, providing excellent actuation, and designed around robust internal seals. Critically tested for the abuse todays top enduro racers consistently dish-out.
D-Loc axle system
Helm's D-Loc axle system is unique to Cane Creek and a critical component for achieving the ride characteristics their engineering and test rider teams demand. Through a key and lock design the D-Loc axle maintains the course ahead while eliminating unwanted rotational and torsional forces that are normally transmitted to a fork's bushing and sealing surfaces. On traditional axle systems, these forces create excessive stiction and binding which can lead to diminished performance during aggressive riding. Precision machining is used to shave weight, maintain strength, and ensure specified tolerances. The preload adjusting nut, cam lever, and lock latch allow for simple adjustment and axle removal.
Air Volume Adjustment
Ramp it up and "huck to flat" or keep calm and ride along; the choice is in your hands. Or better yet the choice is in your Helm: with Cane Creek's indexed volume adjustment system. No "bottom-out" spacers or volume adjusting bands to keep track of. With an accessory free, 8-position static piston the Helm can be DIALED in to handle any trail and any rider.
Internal Travel Adjustment
The versatility of Cane Creek’s air spring does not end at the tuning process. Cane Creek’s engineers and product development team implemented pneumatic spring technology that allows riders to internally adjust the Helm's travel without the need to replace the air shaft assembly. Cane Creek Factory set the travel at 160 mm, but Helm Air forks are optimized for travel settings between 170 mm and 140 mm. The maximum reduction allows 100 mm travel. Two internal 10 mm travel adjustment spacers are included with every Helm.