Forks Reviews and News


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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Magura Forks Will Now be Available in 29er and 650b.

Introduction by Francis Cebedo: Every year, at Magura Media Camp in Sedona, the first question is “When’s the 29er fork coming out?” The Magura crew squirms as they respond that the Germans are not quite ready to adopt the new wheelsize. Obviously, Europe has not been as quick to adopt 29ers and Magura did not […]

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New Niner New One 9, RDO Carbon Post, RDO Carbon Fork and Dog Collar with Beer Opener

Niner One 9 The Niner One 9 was one of our first and best-loved models – a sexy, light-as-a-feather singlespeed for racing and epic XC rides. This upgraded version integrates advanced features throughout. Our award-winning One 9 gets a technology update Lighter, stiffer, stronger alloy single speed from Niner Bikes Custom hydroformed aluminum alloy tubing […]

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SR-Suntour Werx AXON Forks Net Multi World Champ and World Cup Titles

SR-Suntour AXON-Equipped Riders Win XC and Marathon World Championships, World Cup Overall and 4X Podiums Langvad, Bresset and Rinderknecht Taking SR-Suntour Werx Suspension Products to the Top Vancouver, WA (CFEpr+) September 5, 2011 – – SR-Suntour’s WERX Team Riders have been piloting new AXON lightweight, high-performance carbon/magnesium suspension forks to the top of podiums at […]

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2012 Manitou Fork Lineup

Ed Kwaterski, the chief engineer and product manager from Manitou, highlights the Tower, Marvel, R7 and Circus forks at Dealer Camp 2011. Ed shows us some of the new features you can expect from Manitou in their 2012 lineup of suspension forks. Manitou Tower 29er Fork Available in Pro and Expert models New 1.5 crown […]

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2012 Magura Durin Marathon Review

Review, photos and videos by Lee Lau Introduction: The 2012 Magura Durin Marathon fork marries lightness, stiffness and performance in a 120mm travel package. Such a light fork (3.45lbs tested) has no business having such incredible downhill ability. Adjustments are simple (the Durin allows compression, preload (via an air-spring, and rebound to be adjusted) and relatively […]

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Fox Racing Shox 34 29er Fork, Float Ti and RP23 with Adaptive Logic

Jim Noonen from Fox Racing Shox shows us the new 2012 34 29er fork with 2 version, the Float Ti and the RP23 with Adaptive Logic. Fox Racing Shox 2012 34 29er Fork with 2 Version: New for 2012 34mm outside diameter tube 29er only Float model 140mm travel RLC Also Available in Talas with […]

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Fox Racing Shox 36 TALAS 180 FIT RC2 Review

The TALAS 180 is a superb fork, offering a buttery smooth plush ride, and incredible riding traits, along with excellent features such as the TALAS (180-140) travel adjustment, FIT R2 damper, and slippery Kashima coated stanchions. Fox has a winner with this sucker, and you can call it a Rock Star (pun intended), and it […]

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Fox 36 TALAS 160 FIT RLC Review

Reviewed by Brian Mullin http://www.gramslightbikes.com/ I have been thoroughly enjoying the last couple of months testing the new 2011 Fox 36 TALAS 160 FIT RLC fork. It has been bashed, trashed and tossed into as many rugged conditions as possible, and it has turned out to be a light, stable and stout beast, that thrives […]

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Marzocchi 55 RC3 Ti Review

Reviewed by Brian Mullin http://www.gramslightbikes.com/ For the last several months, I have been bashing the new 2010 Marzocchi 55 RC3 Titanium through the wringer, and the titanium coil fork, with its shiny Nickel coated stanchions, has the legendary Zocchi buttery feel, and the fantastic linearity of a coil, and the apply named Bomber certainly fits […]

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Fox 36 TALAS FIT RC2 Review

Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet http://www.gramslightbikes.com/ I got around 5 weeks of enjoyable testing of the new 2010 Fox 36 TALAS FIT RC2 fork while I was demoing a Yeti ASR 7 (review forthcoming). The TALAS has just about every adjustment possible crammed into the fork, making it a functional and […]

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Manitou Minute Elite Absolute Review

Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet http://www.gramslightbikes.com/ NOTE: The latest version is known as the Manitou Minute Super 140 I started riding the Manitou Minute Elite Absolute 140mm fork just before the Interbike show, and have gotten around 8 months of some heavy duty testing on it. It was swapped back and […]

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Fox Racing Shox 2010 Product Launch

“I understand that bicycling, motorcycle riding, other motorized vehicle operation and competitive sports and activities, whether on or off road, involves danger and the RISK of INJURY to any and all parts of my body including possible DEATH.” These words were used in the general liability release I read while sipping coffee with my fellow […]

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