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The fork of a track bike plays a crucial role in the stability, handling and comfort of the bike during track racing. Here is a description of its function and characteristics:

1. Function:

- The fork of a track bike fulfills several important functions:

- Directional stability:

The fork helps maintain the bike's steering, ensuring a stable and predictable ride during turns and straights.

- Shock absorption:

The fork absorbs vibrations and shocks coming from the trail, providing a more comfortable and controllable ride for the rider.

- Support for the front wheel:

The fork supports the front wheel of the bicycle and ensures its attachment to the front part of the frame, thus ensuring a solid connection between the handlebars and the wheel for optimal control of the bicycle.

- Compatibility with brakes:

Although many track bikes do not have brakes, some may be equipped with front brakes, and the fork must be designed to be compatible with this type of braking system.

2. Features:

- Construction materials :

Track bike forks are typically made from lightweight, stiff materials such as aluminum, carbon, or high-quality steel. These materials provide both excellent rigidity for efficient power transmission and a reduction in the overall weight of the bike for optimal handling.

- Geometry and travel:

Track bike forks typically have a specific geometry with a steep caster angle and minimal travel for precise, responsive handling on the trail. They can also have fixed travel or be stiff, depending on rider preference and racing demands.

- Compatibility with hub and steering pivot:

The fork must be compatible with the front wheel hub and steering pivot of the bicycle frame, ensuring a precise fit and smooth operation when rotating the steering.

- Setting options:

Some track bike forks offer adjustment options such as spring preload, compression and rebound, allowing the rider to customize the fork's performance based on their preferences and track conditions.