Magura 2013

27.5 29er Forks Sea Otter Classic

As reported in mid-March, Magura has a new line of forks for 2013, with a plethora of sizes and travel options. The TS (Team Suspension) series will include a 29er with travel options of 80,100 and 120mm, a 650B with 120 and 150mm, and 26er with 80,100,120 and 150mm. There is a slew of versions for the forks with multiple features, including the entry level TS6, and the higher-end TS8 SL and TS8 R. I like the subdued white and black color scheme of the TS series, and was impressed with the usual German craftsmanship of the forks. I played around with a 29er just before Sea Otter, and it has that same brute stiffness and strength that the Thor has, and that’s greatly due to the stout double arch. The improved seals felt pretty decent, and it had a smooth stroke, without any notchiness or stichion.

The TS forks have been developed based on the SLE concept (Stiffer, Lighter, Easier), which means optimum stiffness at the lowest possible weight, extremely low maintenance, and an easy setup. 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. That is a lot of acronyms, TS, SLE, FMG, and FMC?

The 29er fork has their proprietary M15 axle system (58 grams total), which uses a threaded 15mm axle that is tightened with a Torx T25 tool, and they have cleverly integrated a small Torx wrench into the opposing end of the axle. It’s a simple system, just pop out the axle tool from it’s recessed location on the right side of the axle, and then use the integrated Torx T25 head to take the axle off and on. It sits in there pretty snugly, so I can’t imagine it falling off during a ride, but if it does, you should have a T25 Torx wrench in your tool kit. The 29er are available with travel of 80, 100 and 120mm, their DAD arch (Double Arch Design), and 1 1/8″ and a tapered steerer.

650B and 26
Magura has also jumped on the 650B bandwagon, and it comes in a 120 and 150mm TS8 versions, with their DAD arch (Double Arch Design), and a QR15 axle, and 1 1/8″ and a tapered steerer. The 26 comes in a slew of options, covering the gamut of the TS6 to the TS8 models, with 80, 100, 120 and 150mm of travel, their DAD arch (Double Arch Design), and a QR15 (120 and 150mm only) or 9mm axle, and 1 1/8″ and a tapered steerer (varies on model). The 26 and 650B use the same lowers, which is basically the remnants of the 2012 Thor.

I do wish the 29er came with 140mm of travel, and that they still had a 160mm beast master for All Mountain usage in the 26 size?

Pricing on the new 29’er and 650B forks is as follows:

29’er and 650B Forks
TS6 – $649
TS8 R – $849
TS8 SL – $849

26″ Forks
TS6 – $599
TS8 SL – $799
TS8 R – $799
TS8 R QR15 – $849
TS8 R 150 – $849

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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  • docbraunson says:

    “The 26 and 650B use the same lowers, which is basically the remnants of the 2012 Thor.”

    does this mean that the 26″ forks can take a 650b wheel? I understand this to say that they both have the same wheel clearances.

  • Bikethrasher says:

    Yes the lower is the same but the station on the 650b is probably longer to achieve the same clearance as the 26. The 650b wheel might fit on the 26 fork but it would be tight.
    Glad to see Magura in on the 650b wheel size. I think 650b will be the dominate wheel size sooner than most people think.

  • Bikethrasher says:

    Sorry, I didn’t think the lowers bit through. It would seem that they are they same fork. So that being said, I wonder how tight the clearance is for the 650b wheel.

  • TrailFocus says:

    Suspension forks for 29ers stunk with 38mm (i.e. avg 26″ fork) offset, but newer generation 29er forks with 44mm (or more) transformed the way the big wheels handle. Likewise, forks for 650b wheels need a longer offset than the old 26″ standard.

    I’m all for the 650B revolution, but until I start seeing offset measurements in the fork spec sheets, I’ll be sitting on my wallet.

  • Ron Reed says:

    The 650b and 26 forks are the same, just a different sticker.

  • Vexableman says:

    Just got my 2013 TS6 100mm 26″ fork. Seems to me to just be an improved version of the Noleen Mega Air. It works on exactly the same principals. The Noleen worked but all of them leaked air and earned a bad reputation on line. Also I run Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35 tire which rubs on the dual arches at the corners. I am surprised since it is supposed to support up to 2.5. What will be nice is its very easy to maintain yourself.

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