2012 Magura – MT Brakes and TS Forks

27.5 29er Brakes Forks

29er Fork
The new 29″ forks come in eight model versions, a TS6 and TS8 R with 80, 100 and 120mm of travel and DLO damping, and a TS8 SL with 80 and 100mm of travel with the Albert SL damping. All the 29er forks use their ultra-stable DAD arch (Double Arch Design), 7″ PM brake mounts, and 1 1/8″ or tapered steerer (model dependent), leg protection caps, and the new MAGURA M15 thru-axles The taper of steer tube isn’t long, to help fit the short head tubes on most 29″ frames.

The new MAGURA M15 thru-axles have been especially developed for MAGURA 29″ suspension forks. A special feature is the self-retaining thread that makes additional locking of the thru-axle unnecessary. Simply tighten the axle and the wheel is safely secured. The MAGURA Tool for Torx T25 bolts is concealed inside the thru-axle, so you have always got the tool for tightening the axle with you. At the same time, it protects the thread against contamination. The tool can also be used on the most bolts of MAGURA MT hydraulic disc brakes and HS rim brakes. You can use them for changing brake pads or adjusting the lever settings, for example. This system of axle and integrated tool weighs only 58 grams.

Fork Test Ride Impressions
At the press camp, I rode a Specialized Stumpjumper Carbon 29er with their TS8 R 120 and a Liteville 301 that was equipped with the 26″ TS8 R 150. I found the forks to have excellent stiffness and strength, and you can definitely feel the brutally strong DAD system, which provides a superb steering response and control, and a flex-free drive through any heinous terrain it was tossed into. The air pressure could be tweaked to give a plethora of riding experience, from a stout X-Country setting to a plush All Mountain feel. I really liked that I could drop the pressure low enough and that at my 155 lbs body weight, I got excellent plushness with a good platform, and I could actually extract most all the travel. I didn’t miss the usual compression tuning capabilities, and having just the air pressure and rebound for adjustments was more than adequate during my testing and riding. I liked the functional rubber bumpers or protection caps on the bottom of the legs, as they protected the fork during a wheel change.

The unique M15 thru-axle system on the 29er fork works well and it’s a simple system, just pop out the axle tool from its recessed location on the right side of the axle, and then use the integrated Torx T25 head to take the axle off and on. It sits in there snugly, so I can’t imagine it falling off during a ride, but if it does, you should have a T25 Torx wrench in your tool kit.

I liked the subdued and understated white and black color scheme of the TS series, and was impressed with the usual superb German craftsmanship of the forks. The overall feel of the fork felt vastly improved from their predecessors, and the improved seals, silky-smooth stroke without any noticeable notchiness or stiction, and bushing and internal changes, offering an incredible ride, with plushness and resiliency, yet with a rock-solid platform and stability.

Currently, I have been testing the TS8 R 650B fork on my personal Mojo HD, using the Enve AM carbon wheels and Schwalbe Nobby Nic 650B, and I couldn’t be happier with the excellent performance of the fork.

29′er and 650B Forks

  • TS6 – $649
  • TS8 R – $849
  • TS8 SL – $849

26″ Forks

  • TS6 – $599
  • TS8 SL – $799
  • TS8 R – $799
  • TS8 R QR15 – $849
  • TS8 R 150 – $849
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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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  • guitarjohn21 says:

    Purchased the MT2 about 6 weeks ago. About 20 rides on them and no complaints at all, just praise for their performance. Best brakes ever in the price range. Better stopping power than Avid or Hayes, I mean a lot better. Put them on myself and had a little trouble with the black plastic olives that came with the sets, so I re-used the brass ones that were on the stock-length hoses. Worked great. No fading on long descents yet. Highly recommend them to anyone who needs to upgrade their brakes.

  • Vader says:

    The lack of a 15mm axle on the 100mm 26″ fork will steer me elsewhere on next year’s race rig.

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