Forks Reviews and News

RockShox – Revelation and SID Forks, XLoc Full Sprint Remote, Monarch Shocks – Sea Otter 2013

RockShox Revelation and SID Forks, XLoc Full Sprint Remote, Monarch Shocks at Sea Otter 2013.

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Magura, Uvex, Vredestein 2014 Product Highlights

Brent Winebarger shows us the Magura 29er 120mm travel fork, new Vredestein Black Panther 27.5/650b and 29er tires, and Uvex SGL 104 sunglasses and the Ultrasonic CC helmet.

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The DVO Emerald Inverted DH Fork – Sexy, Green & Upside Down At Sea Otter

We visited with DVO Suspension at Sea Otter and finally got a chance to get up close and personal with their hot new Emerald Inverted downhill fork.

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RockShox Pike Fork and Monarch Plus Shock

The Pike is a complete new redesign for RockShox, and the All-Mountain fork will be available in 150mm & 160mm travel for the 26″, 27.5″ and 29″ sizes (29er also gets 140mm), with tapered aluminum steerer and 15mm Maxle.

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X-Fusion 2014 RV1 Downhill and Metric Freeride Forks

John Hauer and superstar rider Richie Schley from X-Fusion show us the new highly anticipated 2014 RV1 downhill and the Metric freeride forks.

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2014 Fox Talas CTD 26er and 27.5 Fork and Float X CTD Shock

Fox has released the new Talas fork and Float X rear shock. So we asked the great Mark Jordan of Fox some questions about their new products. Mtbr: Will this Talas be as plush as the Float? It seemed to give up a little bit in small bump sensitivity in the past. Mark Jordan: The […]

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RockShox Announces New 30 Gold Fork

RockShox introduces the all new 30 Gold XC fork that offers lightweight, easy set-up, excellent wheel compatibility and RockShox ride quality all at an affordable price.

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Review: Magura TS8R 150 26er and 27.5/650b Fork

Introduction by Francis Cebedo: Brian Mullin and I have been using Magura forks the past few months and we’ve been pleased. The forks are laterally stiff, light, plush and reliable. My review on the TS8 29er fork can be found HERE. We believe Magura has improved quite a bit in the areas of plushness and […]

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Fox CTD & iCD Product Introduction Videos

Suspension technology can be daunting these days. We have adjustable front, rear and now seatposts. We caught up with Fox’s Mark Jordan and he said Fox’s best asset is how easy it is to understand and to use.  They system is smart and well-designed so using it is simple and natural. Mark explains: “The best […]

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Pastajet’s Interbike Walkabout Pt 1

I am doing a couple of short Walkabout entries from the Interbike show, that are from my occasional meetings and sometimes random wanderings. Part 1 includes: Garmin Edge mount, American Classic 650B wheels, Polar bottle, Formula 650B fork and new Clif Bar treats. Garmin Garmin didn’t have any new computers at the show, and the […]

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SR Suntour Axon Werx Carbon fork and Prototype 650B fork

Highlighted here is the Suntour Axon Werx Carbon fork that was used by Julie Bresset to win an Olympic Gold Medal for XC and Julie also won Gold at the World Championships. The same model of fork produced another Gold medal at the World Championships for Roger Rinderknecht in the 4x discipline. That’s versatility! In […]

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Rock Shox 2013 Sid, Reba, Revelation 27.5

One of the most discussed topics at Intebike this year was the 650b slash 27.5 debate. Originally dubbed 650b by Kirk Pacenti (champion of the modern era tweener tire movement) it seems a lot of companies (especially American companies) are resisting the 650b terminology in favor of the more “standard” 27.5 designation. Does it really […]

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Fox iCD System and 34 Float 27.5 fork

Mark Fitzsimmons from Fox Racing Shox shows us the details of their all new electronic suspension system called “iCD”. It is shown here on Geoff Kabush’s race bike. The iCD system uses a battery sourced from Shimano’s Di2 system. Also shown is the new 34 Float 27.5 160 fork. This fork is available now and […]

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Magura TS8 SL 29er Fork Review

We’ve put in significant time this season on our Magura TS8 29er fork and have enough experience to give insight on it. We put it in a Specialized Epic and a Santa Cruz Highball. The fork line is described in detail by our ace reviewer Brian Mullin in the following pages. We got the 100mm […]

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RockShox Introduces 27.5 SID & Reba

27.5” SID & Reba Arrive RockShox Releases Premium Suspension for 27.5″ MTB Wheel Size As the only full-line supplier of mountain bike suspension componentry, from entry-level to high-end, RockShox continues to offer the freedom of choice to its consumers with a new suspension product for 27.5” wheels. Not simply a relabeled 26- or 29-inch product, […]

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Bryson Martin Launches DVO Suspension

Recently, there have been a lot of questions about the direction of Marzocchi Suspension, one of the original mountain bike suspension manufacturers and arguably the originator of the freeride movement. Bryson Martin Sr., John Pelino and Tom Rogers, the main guys at Marzocchi USA, left the company earlier this year and there has been a […]

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Fox 34 Float 29 Front Fork & Float RP23 Rear Shock Review

Officially this is the Fox Racing Shox 34 Float 29 and the Float RP23 rear shock. I’ve run this suspension on a Transition Bandit 29er (previewed for MTBR here) and now had over 50 rides on the bike. I’ve run Kashima coated forks for over 100 rides on my personal bikes and therefore feel comfortable […]

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White Brothers Rock Solid 29er, 650b, Fork Review

Introduction by Francis Cebedo I’ve used several rigid steel forks and carbon forks over the years. There’s nothing like the light weight and steering accuracy of a rigid fork on a 29er. Couple that with a singlespeed and it’s a match made in heaven since all your power translates to forward movement as there’s none […]

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Fox 36 Van 160 FIT RC2 Review

The Van 160 is an incredible fork, and offers superb compliance, control and steering attributes, along with excellent small bump interaction, and of course, typical coil spring plushness and linearity. What sets this fork apart from its competition, are the responsiveness and laser like steering capabilities that it has in any terrain and speed, and […]

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2012 Magura – MT Brakes and TS Forks

Once again, Magura USA (aka) hosted a superb press camp in spectacular Sedona Arizona in late-May this year. The invited editors and writers got to test out the Magura Direct products that they distribute, which includes Magura (brakes and forks), uvex (helmets and sunglasses) and Vaude (packs and apparel), and they also were joined by […]

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SRAM MTB 2013

SRAM has been busy lately, and at Sea Otter they were showing off new and improved components. The new products included the 650B Rise wheel, Avid X0 Trail brake, Grip Shift, Type 2 Rear Derailer and Reverb Stealth, while the RockShox forks and Monarch RT3 shock got some hefty tweaks. Grip Shift One of SRAM’s […]

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Magura 2013

As reported in mid-March, Magura has a new line of forks for 2013, with a plethora of sizes and travel options. The TS (Team Suspension) series will include a 29er with travel options of 80,100 and 120mm, a 650B with 120 and 150mm, and 26er with 80,100,120 and 150mm. There is a slew of versions […]

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FOX Shocks 2013

FOX is revamping their forks and shocks again this year, and they are introducing the new CTD damper. The CTD stands for Climb, Trail and Descend modes, and will be available on all 32 and 34 forks, with 100 to 160mm of travel, and the FLOAT rear shocks. The CTD will work in synergy with […]

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Hayes Bicycle Group – Hayes, Manitou and Answer

Hayes Hayes released the MAG disc brake back in 1997, and they haven’t sat on the laurels, and their new Crosshair Alignment Technology is an excellent adjustment feature for brakes. The Crosshairs allows adjustment for aligning the calipers to the rotors, in a simple and easy manner, using screws that are integrated on the caliper […]

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X-Fusion 2013 Product Line – New Forks, Shocks, Seatpost

X-Fusion Shox is just one of the many great members of the bike industry local to us here at MTBR. Based out of Santa Cruz California since 1999, they just recently expanded into a new facility with great access to trails for R&D so I was excited to join them for the launch of their […]

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