A friend of mine is pushing me to bring a full carbon 1 1/8" straight steerer disc fork to market. This would be a Road+/allroad type fork. 390ish a-c and clearance for 700x38-40 or 650bx47-48 max.
Differentiating features would be:
Current standards for brake and axle (flat/12mm) potential flat/9mm version for legacy bikes as well
Two offset options for trail optimization (no option for true low trail but would make a 45-50mm trail rando bike possible)
Fender mounts standard and possible version with rack mounts
Timeline would be 12 months and would need commitments for a couple hundred forks from builders to make it viable. Most obvious application is for steel custom bikes to avoid beer can headtube. Cost for builders would be in line with other carbon aftermarket forks. Retail ~$400.
Thoughts Tarck Hivemind?