Rockshox Tora 318 review£170.00

RockShox Tora forks come in a massive range of versions that we see - and enjoy - regularly on mid price complete bikes. Importers Fisher concentrate mainly on the adjustable travel U Turn versions though, so that's what we've got here.

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RockShox Tora forks come in a massive range of versions that we see - and enjoy - regularly on mid price complete bikes. Importers Fisher concentrate mainly on the adjustable travel U Turn versions though, so that's what we've got here. Typically for RockShox the Toras take a while for the fork to relax after a shy start, but after a few rides you'll notice the bumps have gone. It's never outstandingly plush and we've had occasional compression clunk on some we've ridden, but overall the Motion Control damping is very controlled and consistent. This 318 version gets wide range rebound adjust and a fork top compression lever with preset Floodgate threshold for locking out on climbs.

The U-Turn travel adjust gets a rubber winding knob (top forks get a metal tab) but it's still the simple reliable system everyone else tries to copy. With travel from 85-130mm it's great for tweaking steering geometry or suiting different bikes if you're likely to upgrade your frame some time soon.

Steel legs, coil springs and fixed V-brake studs means it's no lightweight racer but it's reasonably stiff and well priced if you're after an adjustable 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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