Bike mechanics have all ran into the challenge of removing a stem and keeping an expensive fork from hitting the ground. It’s a delicate dance we’ve all done. The fine folks at FReD sent over a Fork Retention Device for us to check out that solves this in a clean and simple fashion.
Earlier this year we were checking out some of the Pro Bike mobile toolkits and the FReD was presented to us as a neat tool. The Fork Retention Device, aka FReD, is the extra hand you wish you had as a mechanic especially if your fork has ever hit the ground during maintenance.
This product doesn’t need much introduction for any mechanic or rider who has ever been frustrated trying to hold a fork after removing the stem. Whether you’re reaching for a cold beverage midway through a build the FReD has your back.
The FReD was designed to be lightweight, portable, and useful for all mechanics. The FReD is 3D printed in a Markforged Onyx One and is made in the USA.
Packaging is tidy and effective.
Weight wise, our FReD hit the scale at a mere 244g. The FReD isn’t heavy as it’s 3D printed from parts with their Onyx chopped carbon fiber filament.
The arm easily moves up and down in a one-way friction clamp along a steel beam that ensures the FReD won’t move unless you want it to.
The FReD has softer durometer materials secured around the top and edges of the clamp to ensure your bike doesn’t get damaged during usage.
The FReD slides upward freely along the steel shaft and releases by depressing the recessed button on the side.
So far the FReD has performed as advertised for us and we don’t expect any issues based on how well it has worked so far. It has securely held dual crown forks as well as single crown forks without a hint of slippage so far.