RockShox Tora 318 Solo Air fork review£220.00

A solid all rounder, if a little heavy

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The Tora is a solid, competent fork, with this top model in the range offering lots of excellent RockShox features.

The 318 gets proper Motion Control damping for a much more consistent feel than the cheaper 302 versions. You also get external rebound/compression damping and remote actuation of the pre-set ‘Floodgate’ lockout, too. However, even after they’ve smoothed out over the first few rides, the air-sprung units never feel quite as smooth as the coils seem to do.

The ‘All Travel’ system means you can choose between 80/100mm and 130mm travel just by switching internal spacers too, which makes the excess weight a bit more bearable. And the reliability is excellent.

Overall, this is a solid all-rounder, rather than being remarkable in any particular respect.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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