Magura Thor Fork
The Thor, also known as the MT 140AM, is Magura’s new All Mountain fork, and is an adjustable travel fork, with 32mm stanchions and a 20mm thru-axle using the Maxle 360. The Thor is loaded with features such as the adjustable travel, a platform damper, an integrated brake guide, a double arch and 7 inch PM disc brake mounts.
Magura – The Company
Magura has been in existence since 1893 and has been building top-notch bike brakes for 20 years and high quality, and German-made suspension forks for the past five years. Magura makes bicycle components, power sports components, industrial controls and injection molded parts.
The adjustable travel, named ‘flightcontrol remote’ or FCR, allows travel adjustment from 140mm to 100mm, and it sits on top of the left fork leg. It can be manually set, but was meant to be used with the remote control lever or RCL. The RCL is a small plastic lever that goes on your handlebars, and then has a cable that goes through an integrated cable guide on the fork crown (nice feature), and then warps around the FCR. In the middle of the FCR is the air pressure valve.
I played around with the travel adjustment, and it worked just fine. A simple twist and hold of the FCR knob or a flick and hold of the RCL, and then a good strong push down on the fork, and then reverse those steps and the fork now has the travel lowered. To put the travel back to 140mm do the same steps, and the travel will pop up to normal. I installed the very fragile and wimpy RCL, and broke it the first install. I called Magura and got a new one, but I was not very impressed with the plastic RCL, so after using it on a couple of rides I took it off and did the adjustments manually. When installed the RCL does work fine, but it is fragile, doesn’t fit oversize bars very well and the clamp mars handlebars. Magura needs to go back to the drawing board on the RCL.
The platform damper, named the ‘Albert Select Plus’ or AS+ allows an On/Off of platform compression damping, and sits on top of the right fork leg. In the Off position the fork is fully open (acts normal), and when On the platform damping is engaged. The AS+ has a micro adjustment knob (the golden knob), which allows finer tuning of the platform from firm to be supple.
Basically, when the AS+ is engaged you have a semi locked fork , and you can adjust the amount of lock, from stiff to a tad more plush. The AS+ can also be used with a RCL, which requires an optional AS remote cartridge, but I saw no real need for it since it is simple to reach down and engage it. The fork did make a weird quiet clunking noise when the platform was lessened.