Magura Menja M100 fork review£466.00

Outstandingly stiff for a quick-release fork

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The Menja chassis hasn’t changed for a while and still has hardware for Magura’s HS33 hydraulic rim brakes plus IS (International Standard) brake mounts with stainless steel faces and guides for remote cables.

The rectangular curved crown, deep scalloped crown/stanchion overlap and square front and rear braces give an outstandingly stiff tracking feel for a quick-release fork. Even once it’s bedded in it’s not the smoothest fork off the top, but it works fine through mid-sized stuff, and 2011 tweaks mean it’s more progressive through the travel than older, dive prone Maguras.

The lighter oil weight helps on steps and repeated hit sections where rebound is less likely to get caught out and they don’t lock out completely once it gets frosty. The manual DLO top cap allows some low speed movement for traction when the fork is otherwise locked out. Magura’s fork reliability has been bombproof recently too.

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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