White Bros Magic fork £600

Stiff suspension - in more ways than one

BikeRadar score 3/5

White Brothers has never been afraid to follow its own path, and if you’re patient its approach has some real advantages.

For a start, the retro-looking completely CNC-machined structure is remarkably stiff even in quick-release form. The addition of a bolted 20mm axle makes the Magic forks unbelievably solid – ideal if you’re a big, aggressive rider who wants real point-and-shoot precision.

The magnetic ‘Magic’ IMV catch provides simple yet effective adjustment of initial sensitivity, too, only relocking once the trail smooths out. We totally beasted the last set we had with no ill effects.

The downside (apart from price) is that they feel totally wooden and clunky for at least the first couple of months. Even after that, low-pressure insensitivity and IMV ‘clunk’ makes them best suited to big riders rather than bantams.

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