Warlock Owners guide
Rear Derailleur hanger removal and installation
Take the rear axle out and remover the rear wheel. Remove the hanger retainer bolt on the back of the drive side dropout with a 3mm allen/hex key. Put the axle back in and thread it a couple of turns clockwise into the hanger body so there’s still some exposed axle outboard of the non-drive side dropout. Double check you’ve removed the retainer bolt then slap the hex end of the axle with the palm of your hand. The hanger should now be free. If it’s still partially contained within the dropout body, wind the wheel axle out half a turn anti-clockwise slap it again. Repeat this process if the hanger is still not clear of the dropout body- don’t attempt to remove the hanger by gripping the hanger arm and wiggling it out as you’ll likely damage both the dropout and the hanger. Always drive it out from behind using the rear axle.
To reinstall, apply a little assembly grease to the outer edge of the hanger. Push the hanger with your hand into the dropout body as far as it will go without applying force. Put the wheel back in the frame and thread the axle back in. Never attempt the following without the rear wheel in the frame- Tighten the axle down on the wheel and the hanger will be pulled flush with the inboard edge of the dropout. Once the axle is tight, replace the retainer bolt. Apply minimal torque to the retainer bolt; it’s just a safeguard- the axle and dropout body hold the hanger in place.
Rear Flat Mounts
The Warlock’s flat mounts are 30mm thick. Dependent on the specifics of the brake calliper’s manufacturer, you’ll need brake mounting bolts in the range of 37-39mm insertable length. Generally Shimano bolts are labelled as being for use with a given brake mount thickness and calliper model. Always check the manufacturer’s required minimum/maximum insertion length.
Frame Bag fit- front triangle dimensions
The diagrams below show the internal dimensions of the Warlock’s front triangle to assist with the selection of a suitable frame bag. Being a semi-compact geo bike there’s plenty of space for cargo. Bottle and cargo cage/bag sizes vary quite a bit these days so to help calculate what size bag you need the location of the forward/topmost bottle mount drilling is provided. Best method to measure your cage with the bottle inserted, both forward and vertically from this point will tell you how much clearance is required for either custom or off-the-peg luggage. As always, if you’re unsure then it’s always worth getting in touch.
404 forks – How they work
Chromoly steel forks are great- the ride quality is amazing and they can be laterally stiff, very strong so you can load them up with cargo. However they aren’t particularly light when compared to good quality carbon fork which can make them less desirable in some applications. So if you’re pushing for that super lightweight steel frame gravel bike build and willing to ditch some of the utility then maybe a carbon fork is worth considering.
Acknowledging that riders might want the carbon option our frames have tapered carbon fork ready geometry and a head tube with a 44mm lower aperture. Our forks use a slightly longer axle to crown measurement than regular straight steerer 1 1/8″ forks so when paired with a ZS44/30 lower cup they occupy the same space as a ~395mm A/C tapered carbon fork + a 44mm external cup. This means Fearless owners can fit most standard carbon gravel bike forks to their frames without altering the steering geo or raising/lowering the height of the bottom bracket. The extra length of the 404’s blades also improve clearance at the crown allowing for larger front tyres and makes the fork feel a little more supple.
It’s a small detail that sometimes gets overlooked but giving the ability to switch between cargo capable steel and lightweight carbon increases compatibility and usage potential of our framesets.