White Brothers Loop 140 suspension fork review£600.00

Something a little different

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White Brothers' Loop 140 is a stout, reliable and reasonably controlled fork for those who want something different from the herd in a wide range of options. Travel is internally adjustable from 130-140-150mm, and tapered steerer and 29in wheel versions are available.

32mm stanchions and broad brace give perfectly acceptable stiffness for its category. It’s within sight of the competition on weight too. The QtapeR 15mm axle also gets a rotating receiver for a neat lever line-up with your fork leg. You need to keep it clean and lubed or you’ll soon be using your foot to undo it though.

You’ll need to log double-figure riding hours for the initially stiff action to loosen up. That’s translated to over a year of totally trouble-free riding from our long-term test set in suspension terms. The magnetically operated threshold of the Aura damper is easy to switch from hard lockout to almost fully open. Overall damping control through the impact speed and size range is usefully consistent but lacks subtlety and fine adjustment compared to the best-in-class forks. 

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

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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