"The Lauf True Grit is leading the trend of a new age of bikes with enhanced capability and versatility that give nothing up in terms of allaround performance. This is no cross bike modifi ed for gravel. Actually, with its geometry specifi cally designed to match the wild-looking but practical Grit SL fork, this is like no other bike on the market today."
"As such, Lauf’s geometry is excellent for all types of terrain. The bike navigates rough fire roads and high-speed corners with steady confidence. It’s also willing to dive through loose corners on mellow singletrack. Put the maximum tire size of 45 millimeters on this bike and it would be unstoppable."
"It is a low long bike. It has got a low BB, which helps with the stability. It has also got a slack head angle, which again helps with keeping the bike calm when you are hitting rough stuff relatively fast. Instead of feeling like a barge though, those shorter stem lengths at 70-100mm, keep the steering nice and snappy. It doesn't feel like it's going to be slow and unresponsive, it's still a bike you can attack with, it's still a bike that feels agile while still having the inherent stability of a slack head angle, of a low BB and of a longer length in the top tube."
"With plenty of testing ground covered and many hours testing in some of the most adverse weather and terrain, it was clear that Lauf has hit the nail square on the head with the Grit. Not only did it handle all of the small bumps and holes with the perfect amount of damping, but also absorbed the large ruts and rocks when we were descending at high speeds with minimal visibility. The fork is light and still allows the bike to climb well. If you’re a stand-up-and-mash kind of rider, you may get a small amount of bobbing, but with the much-stiffer springs and shorter travel, it isn’t much. In our eyes, the Grit could be a good addition to your gravel bike and will defi nitely open the door to even more adventurous routes."
"In terms of road or gravel bikes, the Lauf also has a fairly progressive geometry which they call “Long 4 Speed”. Like modern mountain bike geometries, the True Grit is based around shorter stems, a low head tube, and slack head tube angle for an aggressive yet stable position. It works."
"It was a lot of fun. Stable in the wet, super smooth and very fast on all surfaces. The low weight means lightning acceleration. You can also hop the bike about like a MTB and drift the corners in control due in part to the fork. It’s that kind of bike that puts a smile on your face (even though I only rode it in torrential rain!)."
"With the Grit, I could plow through them much faster and without bottoming the tire on the rim. On the front anyway. I feel bad for my rear tire and rim."
"Normally, I’m trying to hammer up this climb, which requires trying to both lift the front end up and over some of the more twisted sections while also pedaling hard. With the Lauf, I could roll more of them without lifting so much, so I was faster and more efficient."
"In the end, I found the Lauf Carbonara to be an amazingly versatile carbon fork, more than I thought of it as a suspension fork with limitations. It really is a beast all its own, and worth anyone’s consideration that likes to take fatbikes to places that only fatbikes can go."
"Definitely a really interesting product, a third alternative between classic 100 mm fork and rigid fork. Really useful for trails which are not too difficult, bunch of XC races outside mountains area, this fork is reactive and absorbs bunch of frequently met bumps. [...] No maintenance needed, good for muddy conditions as well with a construction without bridge, the Lauf TR29 is a must have if you are looking for a lightweight but ridable bike."
"The Lauf Trail Racer Boost forks are unusual and incredibly eye-catching. They’re also very light, comfortable, and ideal for that middle ground between the control of a suspension fork, and the lightweight efficiency of a rigid carbon fork. I’m using one on the Tour Divide this year (3000 miles of bobbles). I suspect I’ll return very much in love – stay tuned."