Society Libertine 140mm suspension fork £289.99

Simple trail fork

BikeRadar score 2.5/5

Society are expanding their previously dirt-jump-focused range to cover all trail styles this year, but this initially smooth fork based on RST's Titan shows its simplicity when you push it hard. 

A 15mm through-axle is a rare option below £300 and the security and accuracy it adds over its price peers is noticeable. It’s also impressively smooth over small bumps from new, adding useful comfort and traction when you’re blatting along the flat. 

Its lineage is confirmed by the RST logo on the big low-speed compression adjuster and lockout, which is useful for climbing. Unfortunately the very progressive spring rate creates a really jarring mid stroke spike off high-speed hits. We rarely got anywhere near full travel even running lower than recommended pressures and there’s a regular top-out clunk when you pull up.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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