RockShox Tora 302 Solo £170

SRAM have really turned RockShox around since acquiring the brand, and their forks are now outstanding at all price points, few more so than the super cheap but still burly Toras.

BikeRadar score 4.5/5

SRAM have really turned RockShox around since acquiring the brand, and their forks are now outstanding at all price points, few more so than the super cheap but still burly Toras. The 302 uses chunky magnesium lower legs sliding on big 32mm chromoly stanchions for impressive stiffness and strength. The downside is increased weight, but that's normal for a fork this cheap, and it more than makes up for it in performance.

The actual suspension is very simple with just a single air valve to set the spring rate, but even this most basic model has rebound damping that really works most of the time. Long descents will get it pogoing but there's none of the banging top or bottom out that you normally get from budget forks (Tora 318 forks include full Motion Control Damping circuits and start at £169.99).

The steering stiffness keeps the 302 feeling composed even when things are getting hairy anyway, and the whole Tora experience is just astonishing considering the price. The maintenance-free reliability has also been flawless over the eight months we've thrashed this fork. The only downside is tight tyre clearance on anything over 2.3in, but that's big enough for most bikes needing 100mm of travel. There's an adjustable 85-130mm U-Turn version available too, for £139.99.

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