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"This fork is about safety and style. The design apparently came about from borrowing ideas form Mountain bike bolt-through axles while considering the functionality of BMX female bolt-in hubs. Why have a bolt in Hub unless it’s in a hole? S&M's black-hole dropouts (First shown at Interbike 2009 on the WTF) also use an enclosed hole drop, as do the Blue6 forks (First shown on their site in summer 2010) with their 14mm/10mm shim system. Shadow's enclosed forks are now even offering adjustable offset! This is an exciting time for fork design, always adding and creating to improve the designs of our bikes. (What happened to the WTP concept of 2008?) People may argue who came up with the enclosed concept. No one I’ve asked really knows but it seems that great minds in BMX are thinking alike. Needless to say, it's been around in one form or another for decades and is nothing new. Even FlickTrix finger-bikes have enclosed dropouts :) It's nice to see a company 'add' to a concept though rather than just duplicate. I think we can see some good things from Kis, who's stylus fork first appeared on the internet in September 2010 after months of testing. 

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KisBikeCo wants you to only need one tool to take your bike apart. An allen Key. They are by no means the pioneers of this concept (and freely admit this) but they want to push it forward and still get frustrated when several tools are needed all at once. The problem with tightening a wheel with an allen key though is: Can you get the bolts secure and tight enough for it to be safe? The Enclosed dropout serves as an extra security measure against loose wheel bolts when using allen keys. This concept also transfers across to the Kis enclosed dropout frames though with a chain, the likelihood of a wheel falling out is way less. The Enclosed concept also stops the dropouts pinching when impacted during grinds.

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The next detail we notice about this fork is the bolt sink. The entire dropout was actually designed around the KisBikeCo Titanium bolts. These bolts were made so they will not catch on your jeans or your legs, thus reducing injuries. The bolts needed a safe place to live, so the fork offered a snug sink for them, finishing off the whole design package. This bolt sink is also seen on the Dark frame dropout for the very same reason. The Stylus legs have a nice taper using ‘fluted’ tubing. The Steerer is CNC machined with an integrated Headset bearing race to keep things simple. The whole fork is then heat treated for additional strength and finished with a super light-weight alloy topcap. If enclosed forks are your thing then grab a pair of these. "

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