Magura Menja 100 XC fork£429.00

Entry-level option

BikeRadar score3/5

Magura’s entry-level fork uses an old casting, but it’s still reasonably stiff and durable. The lowers have an IS rather than post-style brake mount, but the double brace design still gives impressive steering stiffness for a quick-release fork.

It’ll take up to a 210mm rotor, and you get direct FIRM-tech mounts for Magura’s unique HS33 hydraulic rim brake. A cantilever and disc brake version is also available in the shorter (85mm) travel format.

The stroke takes some air pressure juggling to get a reasonable sensitivity without dive, but racers will like the fact that it always feels tight rather than plush.

The fork-top DLO+ lockout gives some initial movement for climbing and cornering traction, and there’s a remote option available. A range of colours offers unique co-ordination but it is a little bit weighty for a 100mm fork.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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