Maverick SC32 review£555.00

This radical-looking fork turns conventional bike fork logic on its head with mixed results. The upside down design keeps crap away from the seals and also keeps them well oiled. Early leak problems are sorted now too.

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This radical-looking fork turns conventional bike fork logic on its head with mixed results. The upside down design keeps crap away from the seals and also keeps them well oiled. Early leak problems are sorted now too, and they're easy to pull apart and home service.

Ride height is also very low, so you can fit them to 100mm travel bikes without upsetting the handling and it locks down to 80mm for really steep climbs. Steering flex in the fork means a noticeable softness to cornering/off camber feel though, and while you'll adapt with time, it's very obvious when switching between forks. Re-arranging the compression shims is also essential from new to cure a savage spike in the stroke on larger, squarer hits, and it's notchier than most forks across small stuff, too. Independent leg movement makes refitting a wheel a real pain though, and it's not particularly light, either. We've included the £105 24/7 hub in the price because it's an essential item, although Hope and Chris King are now producing compatible 24mm axle hubs, 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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