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 see the demand as early as the US Manufacturers did.
But the time has come and Magura will be offering their new TS series forks in 29er and 650b/27.5″. This is a great announcement as Magura forks have been renowned for their stiffness with their Dual Arch Design. They will be offering these forks in 15 mm thru-axle versions to further enhance lateral stiffness and rider control.
We at Mtbr feel this is a great development since Magura forks are world class forks in terms of weight and adjustability and now suppleness. The latest internals and seals on new forks we’ve tried are delivering a very supple and controlled ride. This also bodes well for the future of 29ers it is becoming accepted in Europe as it has been in the US.
The right fork for every wheel
The new Magura TS suspension fork series
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 mm. 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.
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.
Magura TS series
- SLE design (Stiffer, Lighter, Easier)
- Travel of 80 to 150 millimetres
- 29″ suspension fork with PM7 brake disc mount for brake disc diameter 180 millimetres and above
- 29″ suspension fork with M15 thru-axle
- 650B/27.5″ suspension fork with QR15 thru-axle
- 26″ suspension fork with 9 millimetre quick-release axle or QR15 thru-axle
- Colours: black and white
- Available in retail from May 2012
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