Magura Thor Review

Forks Pro Reviews

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.

FEATURES


Magura Thor features from Brian Mullin on Vimeo.

Adjustable Travel
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.

Thor FlightControlRemote
Thor FlightControlRemote

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.

Platform Damper
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.

Thor AlbertSelect
Thor AlbertSelect

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.

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme 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 and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • LeeL says:

    Super-useful review Brian. A lot tighter then the manual. I’m going to try to set it up with 90psi (I’m 160lbs) and dial in the Albert platform setting a little more firm

  • flystagg says:

    Does the fork not have a rebound adjustment? Maybe if you try some heavier oil in the rebound cercuit it will slow down for you

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Yes, the Thor has a rebound adjustment, I played with it, then you have a slower strong return instead of a fast one! I did not change the oil in the fork, the strong rebound was not that much of an issue, and it did help keep the wheel planted on rocky climbs.

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