White Brothers Loop 120 fork review£600.00

Wild card choice

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The Loop is made from smoothly forged magnesium with a broad, rounded arch giving reasonable tracking and steering performance, and it's internally adjustable from 80-120mm. It's seriously overweight for the 80-120mm category, though.

The QtapeR 15mm axle is angle adjustable via the rotating retainer but it's sticky to get undone once it’s gritty. White Brothers' Magic magnetically controlled lockout threshold’s been revamped for an effective if clunky adjustable lockout from the basic looking compression knob.

Start of the stroke is notchy when new, with occasional lag from the magnetic catch. As riding hours get into double figures the stuttering smooths out. The air damper controlled bigger hits better than some conventional oil damped forks when it came to rocky red run descents. Previous White Bros forks have been well sealed and reliable; hopefully these will follow suit.

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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