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Our new and improved Condor2 fork is designed to give you the option to use a pneumatic tailwheel on your RV. This unit retrofits directly into standard-sized Van’s-style tailwheel assemblies, and uses a 3/8″ axle bolt, making it compatible with our Deluxe and Lightweight tires as well as Van’s standard tire. This will give you the option to switch easily between a pneumatic tire and a solid tire, so you can stay protected from flat tires.
For more information on installation, maintenance, and flying with your new tailwheel, we suggest you check out our free Tailwheel Install Documents
Now available – specially made hub to fit the Condor2 fork. Accommodates tires up to 200×50 (~8″ diameter). Our tire is a 6-ply Aero Classic tire. Tubes are a premium-quality Tosten Aero tube. Axle spacers are custom cut to center the tire in the fork, replacing the unwieldy washer stack.
Please note that this is a larger tire than the standard size found on most Van’s aircraft. This tailwheel will require a larger fork to accommodate it, which is why we developed the Condor2.
Please be aware that pneumatic tires can and do go flat, and a smaller tire is somewhat more prone to this problem than your larger main tires. Even with the best tires and tubes available, you should expect and be prepared for the occasional flat. We recommend purchasing extra tubes and/or keeping a solid or foam-filled spare on hand in case it is needed. We cannot be responsible for tires that go flat.
We recommend running these tires at 50psi and checking the pressure regularly. Tires that get low on pressure fail much faster.
Please note: although the Condor2 fork looks quite similar to our Doug Bell fork, it is different, and this wheel will not fit into a Bell fork.
Please note: installed inner tubes and tires are non-returnable.
Doug H. –
Got this for my RV-7. It may be the best modification in recent years. Assembly and installation was maybe an hour project to replace the existing hard rubber original. No more clunking going over cracks and expansion joints on the runway or taxiway. And, it lifts the tail, which increases visibility over the nose while taxing. Both increase the passenger and pilot experience. Can’t respond to the maintenance or life of the assembly yet, but the quality is good. Everyone will want one of these.
Gary R. –
This wheel is a great improvement to the sound and feel of my RV-8 on the ground. A friend liked it so much that he ordered one for his RV as well. I did have some concern about the possibility of a tailwheel flat, but I just carry a spare wheel and spacers to be prepared.
Oly O. –
I installed this on my RV-8 along with the Lynx tail wheel springs from Van’s Aircraft at the same time. Talking to a buddy about the tail wheel fork he praised how smooth his RV-8 was to taxi now. So I decided to replace mine and the installation was straightforward and fairly easy. Haven’t taxied the airplane yet as I am in the middle of a big avionics upgrade but so far I like what I see and it is very sturdy and well made. It actually took longer to install the Lynx springs as there was some fabrication involved. I recommend this installation as well since the Lynx cables are much more robust and better designed than the standard chains. Fly boys does it again!
Randall G. –
Great product the improvement over my solid tailwheel is amazing. Flyboy accessories has the best customer service out there.
James N. –
I have wanted to replace the hard rubber tailwheel on my RV6 for a long time with a bigger diameter pneumatic tire that could span large gaps in asphalt ramps and taxi ways and reduce the drumming noise coming from the aft end of the fuselage when taxiing on rough surfaces. The Condor2 seemed to fit the bill so I bit the bullet and ordered one to replace my current Bell tailwheel fork and Flyboy deluxe tailwheel.
The quality of mfg. of the Condor2 fork and wheel is excellent. The included valve stem extender makes putting air in the tube fairly easy. It would be difficult to do without one so don’t misplace it. Making sure the tire is inflated to the recommended 50 psi during preflight seems to be the only disadvantage for going with a tire/tube combo.
I have only flown three flights since converting to the Condor2 but so far I am happy with it. Ground operation is good, much quieter. On landing roll out inputs to tail wheel steering is more responsive so you could over control if not paying attention. A wider footprint contact patch tire might make a difference for this because both my previous solid tail wheels were worn flat where they roll on the ground, where the tire that the Condor2 uses is rounded like a bicycle tire. I should add that I have the JD Air Part tail wheel link.
So far, I think the Condor2 was a worthwhile upgrade.
William W. –
Love this tailwheel assembly. Provides smooth and positive landing control.