The Identiti Rebate rigid MTB fork has been around for some time now, and over the years they’ve proved to be a favourite amongst trail, park, and street riders alike. It’s an absolute classic. I’ve had my pair since 2010 which I got off my friend, which he’d got off someone else, so I haven’t got a clue how old they actually are or the exact amount of owners, but would guess they’re about 8-9 years old.
I’ve had these forks on several different frames, and seem to be a good match to run on an NS Capital frame with them having a 425mm axle to crown length. The offset of the fork is 36.7mm, which is quite long but this makes the fork feel forgiving and not too twitchy, good if you’re considering the fork for all-round use.
The 6mm thick dropouts allowed me to get a peg onto the fork, but the underside of the fork leg is flat and protrudes below the peg, this means that it takes a beating from whatever you grind. I didn’t find this to be a real problem, but Identiti could have angled the bottom of the fork leg slightly to prevent this.
At 1405g, they aren’t the lightest of forks, compared to the NS RNS that only weighs 1250g, and the Dartmoor Bronx that weighs 1070g. Unfortunately I cracked my Rebates on the dropout yesterday and therefore it’s time for mine to retire. It cracked on the side that I ran my peg on and therefore, this is probably what contributed to the crack. The bottoms of the fork legs are also dinted up from grinds, which would also have stressed this area of the fork. The paint on the fork isn’t original and therefore rust has set into the forks but this only looks like surface rust, but it’s something else that I feel that could have contributed to them cracking. I reckon that they’d probably still be okay if they’d been run without a peg.
Overall, considering how much the forks cost brand new, I’m not really bothered that they’ve cracked. They’ve had some punishment over their long life and I don’t feel like they owe me anything. I’m not even scared to say that Identiti have probably produced the most reliable, best value for money rigid forks out there. A definite safe option for people in the market for a street, park or trails fork.
I reckon that if Identiti made these slightly longer (about 430mm) made the offset ever so slightly smaller, and sorted out the angle of the bottom of the fork leg so they didn’t take a beating on grinds, I wouldn’t have any personal complaints. And this is just me being picky. Would I buy again? Yes. Infact, I reckon I’ll replace these with another set of Rebate Park’s.
Axle to Crown race: 425mm
Offset – 36.7mm.
Dropout: 6mm thick, CNC 14mm slot with safety feature. Dropout adaptor: 14-10mm CNC alloy included.
Black, White Gloss or Chrome Plated finish