The challenge was to keep the weight at a reasonable level, and to achieve this Formula uses double butted 35mm stanchions and heavily machined crowns. Of course, the turning radius was a big constraint, so the crowns only use one pinch bolt per clamp to minimize any interference in the steering. The design weighs 2300g with a target weight of 2270g, which would place it in line or below other heavy hitting single crown forks on the market.
Formula also took a conservative approach when building the fork using existing parts, such as the Selva and Nero single crown fork bottoms, 2Air technology, and the CTS damper system. Like the current Selva, you can choose to use both Boost axle standards; 15 mm or 20 mm. The axle will also have material cut. A tapered head tube is a sign that the crowns and stems are designed to share the loads and save as much weight as possible. The 29 “wheel fork will come out with a 43mm offset first, followed by a 27.5” version with a shorter 37mm offset.
Formula manufactures the majority of its parts, such as the enduro double crown fork crowns, in Italy.
The shock absorber is the same one found in the Selva R fork, which is highly adjustable thanks to the Compression Tuning System (CTS). The pre-assembled cleat stacks can be changed quickly with minimal tools and without removing the fork from the bike. They adapt the fork to a variety of riders demanding different attributes depending on their regions and skill levels. The rebound melody is changed slightly from the Selva to be slightly more open, but it still has a usable range for all weights.
One feature you might not expect to see is a lock switch. Formula chose to add this feature because a 180mm fork has a lot more pedaling than shorter travel forks. It is intended for use on uphill paved roads, not technical trails.
The fork is expected to be released in early 2022, with a price yet to be determined, as the fork is still being perfected.
The flagship Selva R for will be replaced under the nickname: Selva MKll. Available later this year, the single crown fork will receive a new crown architecture and travel will increase to 170mm. The updated lightweight axle will also be used on this fork. The color of the crown will be darker than in the photo above
Updated Cura 4 and new Cura X brakes
The Cura 4 brake set will see a small but powerful update with the lever now having more mechanical advantage and tool-less reach and bite point adjustments. In their process of manufacturing new equipment, they keep renovations in mind, choosing not to waste or deny current customers. Formula built the lever to have a stronger bite, more more modulation, purely from a mechanical operation. The hydraulic system remains the same.
The Cura X is said to be a cross country brake with competitive weight to deliver serious power. It will use a 2 piston caliper and will have the same feel as the Cura. The lever is carbon with titanium hardware and material has been removed where possible including even the lever clamp and the brake pad holder.
The new Cura 4 and Cura X are expected to release in early 2022 with an undetermined price at this time.