Magura TS8 SL 29er Fork Review

29er Forks

By: Brian Mullin

Woot woot, Magura is finally releasing a 29er fork! The new MAGURA TS (Team Suspension) series will include the 29er with travel options of 80,100 and 120mm, a 650b with 120 and 150mm, and 26er with 80,100,120 and 150mm. There are a slew of versions for the forks with multiple features, including the entry level TS6, and the higher end TS8 SL and TS8 R. Of course, I wish the 29er went to 140mm and the 26/650b went to 160mm, and whats with the silly 15mm axles, can we just go back to 20mm? No prices have been announced as yet.

The right fork for every wheel
The new MAGURA TS suspension fork series

MAGURA press release: March 2012 – MAGURA has completely revised its suspension fork range. Now featuring new design and new internals. The new forks answer to the name of MAGURA TS (Team Suspension). Whether it’s a 26″, 29″ or 650B/27.5″ for the latest trend – this season MAGURA offers a matching model for every wheel diameter and a wide range of applications.

Mountain bikes with large diameter wheels are in – they promise a smooth ride at high speed. But to make the most out of their potential you need to have a matching fork. That is why the component specialist MAGURA has expanded its product range for 2012 to cater for the new 29″ and 650B/27.5″ trends in mountain biking. The product range also includes new models for 26″ wheels with 80 to 150 millimetres of travel for cross country, marathon and all mountain.

No compromise: MAGURA 29″ suspension fork with M15 thru-axle
The new 29″ forks are available with a travel of 80 up to 120 millimetres. Their design is engineered without compromise for high stiffness. The ultra-stable DAD arch (Double Arch Design) and the new MAGURA M15 thru-axles make a major contribution here. The steer tube options offered by MAGURA are the standard 1 1/8″ and a tapered version. The tapered steer tubes can fit very short head tubes on small 29″ frames.

MAGURA suspension forks for 650B/27.5″
MAGURA also has suspension forks to match the new trend in 650B/27.5″ wheels with a travel of 120 to 150 millimetres. They are compatible with almost all 650B/27.5″ tyres currently available on the market. The fork-design is weight-optimised. DAD (Double Arch Design) and QR15 thru-axles ensure high stiffness.

The MAGURA suspension fork series
All TS forks have been developed based on the SLE concept (Stiffer, Lighter, Easier). This means optimum stiffness at the lowest possible weight, extremely low maintenance, and a easy set up. With the Fork Master Concept (FMC) it is possible to manufacture forks with a sensitive response where special bushings, seals and surfaces work together with the Fork Master Grease (FMG) to deliver an exceptional ride. The forks feature progressive suspension characteristics that prevent over-response even in steep terrain. The TS8 R 150 is offered as a fixed travel version or with the LS (Lift Select) system.

M15 thru-axles with integrated tool
The new MAGURA M15 thru-axles have been especially developed for MAGURA 29″ suspension forks. A special feature is the self-retaining thread that makes additional locking of the thru-axle unnecessary. Simply tighten the axle and the wheel is safely secured. The MAGURA Tool for Torx T25 bolts is concealed inside the thru-axle, so you have always got the tool for tightening the axle with you. At the same time it protects the thread against contamination. The tool can also be used on the most bolts of MAGURA MT hydraulic disc brakes and HS rim brakes. You can use them for changing brake pads or adjusting the lever settings, for example. This system of axle and integrated tool weighs only 58 grams.

Perfect fit between discs and 29″ or 650B/27.5″ wheels
29″ and 650B/27.5″ suspension forks are supplied exclusively with the PM7 disc brake mount for discs with a diameter of 180 millimetres and upwards. Large wheels also need large discs to ensure performance and durability.

Protection Caps
An intuitive feature are the Protection Caps at the lower end of the forks. They prevent damage to the drop outs and rebound dial while the wheel is removed. These are fitted to all MAGURA forks with thru-axles.

About MAGURA (Gustav Magenwirth GmbH & Co. KG)
With its headquarters in Bad Urach/ Germany, the MUNZ-MAGENWIRTH Group has four business sectors operating at international level: bicycle components, power sports, controls and injection moulding. MAGURA is a pioneer in producing bicycle and motorcycle components and has a worldwide monopoly on hydraulic brakes for bicycle wheel rims. The company is backed by a tradition of more than 100 years of competence in hydraulics and materials. In addition to brakes and suspension forks for bicycles, the company develops and manufactures industrial controls and injection moulding components. The name MAGURA (founded 1893) stands for the name of the founder – Gustav Magenwirth – and the name of the town in which the company is based – Bad Urach.

Source – Moritz Lembeck of toctoc

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, 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 articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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  • Jurgen says:

    Nice forks! And where can I buy it?

  • Ian says:

    How does it compare to the Manitou Tower Pro?

  • Mountain says:

    Bring back the Wotan! I still love mine, great fork once it got some Enduro seals.

    I’d also like to see a 15mm axle available on the TS8 SL 100 26er fork. Oh, and keep the Wotan 20mm, anything less would likely piss off the German god of fury, and you wouldn’t want that.

  • Nargle says:

    Which lockout lever is used on the TS8R 100mm 29er? I got that for but no lever, trying to find one is a bit hard.

    • Brian Mullin says:

      Nargle, You’d either have the DLO or Albert SL Damper, since you don’t have a lever I assume it’s the Albert SL, which is a stripped down, non-adjustable compression damper for racing?

  • Nargle says:

    I have the DLO but it has looks like it can accept a cable for a lever.

  • John says:

    Does anyone know what the offset is on these? thx

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