Magura Thor Review

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Kudo’s
I want to give big thanks to Justin at Magura for assisting me during my long review period, you are the Man!

Bottom Line
The Magura Thor is an amazing fork, that is well built with highly crafted German engineering. It is stout and stiff for a 32mm stanchion fork, and a lot of that are due to the unique double arch. It has good small to medium bump compliance, climbs like a magician, are a trials champion, and turns on a dime (seriously). The adjustable travel was nice to have on long climbs, but I think the fork did fine without it. I liked the platform damping and used it regularly on many trails and fire roads, although the amount of micro adjustment was a bit excessive. The fork dive was minimal, and braking control was excellent. Although the fork did fine in ugly rock gardens, when it went deeper into its travel it was a tad harsh, but not unpleasantly so. The rebound is powerful, so it takes a minor adjustment to get used to it. The flimsy and fragile RCL (remote control lever) was a major disappoint in an otherwise incredible fork.

Strengths
-Precise steering
-Stout
-Climbing magician
-Technical and trials prowess
-Double arch
-Controlled fork dive

Weaknesses
-Harsh in big long rock gardens
-RCL is fragile
-Powerful rebound
-AS+ fine tuning is excessive
-Slight clunk noise when platform damping is lessened
-Pricey

Value Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Magura Fodder
Biker profile: All Mountain
Weight (in grams): 1785 grams/3.93 lbs.
Technical principle: telescope system with DAD
Damping system: Albert Select intelligent oil damping
Spring: air
Travel: 140-100mm
Adjustments: Albert Select via remote lever
Adjustment knobs made of high quality aluminium: yes
RCL (Remote control) series equipment: yes, for travel adjustment
RCL (Remote control) series option: yes (for Albert Select)
Brake installation options/Disc brake mounts: Postmount 7″
Dropouts: 20mm
Corrosion protectors at dropouts and disc mounts: no
Steerer tube diameter: 1 1/8″
Stanchion diameter: 32mm
Maximum tyre width (inch): 26″ x 2,8″
Color: race-white, glossy black
Axle to crown length (in mm): 520mm
Approved for disc brakes up to: 210mm
Integr. disc brake hose guide on lower leg: yes
Lockout: adjustable, on/off plattform technology
Delivered with an air pump.
MSRP: $899

Magura url: http://www.magura.com/en/products/suspension-forks-2009/prod/thor.html

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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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