Society Libertine 140mm suspension fork£289.99

Simple trail fork

BikeRadar score2.5/5

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.

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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