Shimano isn’t telling anyone jack about its new downhill fork other than it exists and that Mike King of the Haro-Lee Dungaree’s team is using it. We can confidently say the fork is being made by Kowa of Japan and is an open-bath design. Close observation reveals no tabs for disc brake hoses, careful machining of each part and reduced wall thickness of the upper legs and sliders. This tells us that the fork is still in the prototype stages.
The sliders are one-piece machined aluminum and the legs are 30mm in diameter. Interestingly, the bolt-on arch is drilled for conventional vee-brakes with provisions for 26″ or 24″ wheels. A conventional thru axle is used with pinch bolts on the right slider and threads on the left.