There seems to be a bit of a trend of people wanting the fork painted to match the decals. Here's a new example-an aluminum big tire CX frame mated to a carbon fork. No thru axles here but still made for disc brakes this bike will see duties out in the midwest. There are a myriad of paths and trails that snake in between the towns that should provide a nearly endless amount of testing ground for this rig.
The head tube will house an integrated Cane Creek 110 headset-a good choice for the harsh winter conditions. The aluminum tubes are Dedaccai 'Force' CX-the best that I have found for this type of bike.