17 Long travel forks

How much travel? The ongoing saga. Every time we think that fork travel options have maxxed out, som

Tested in the new MBUK
How much travel? The ongoing saga.
Every time we think that fork travel options have maxxed out, someone produces a new and improved extra, extra travel model. The more travel a fork offers the more time it has to absorb impacts. Therefore a 150mm+ (6in) travel fork is essential for suicidal-scale drops.

The increase of variable travel options has also coaxed a lot of trail riders into trying longer travel forks than they would normally consider, but it is worth remembering that most forks over 5in (125mm) do come with a weight/flexibility penalty.

Interestingly, dirt jump forks now seem to be reducing in travel, with Marzocchi going back to 110mm (just over 4in) and Manitou soon to be releasing an 80mm (3in) jump fork in an attempt to balance maximum strength with enough landing control.

You need a good 4in of fork travel to get any respect from the trails these days, so we've rounded up a crop of long travel forks to see which ones offer the most control and the plushest action. Guy Kesteven has been testing:

Marzocchi MX Comp Coil 105
RockShox Psylo XC
Manitou Minute 3:00
Marzocchi Z1 Freeride
Magura Big Ego
Manitou Dorado SC
RockShox Duke SL U-Turn
Fox Vanilla R
RockShox Boxxer Team
Magura Phaon
Magura Ronin 110
Manitou Sherman Breakout Plus
Pace RC40 XC FR
Marzocchi DJ 1 QR20
Fox Float Talas R
USE SUB
Maverick Twin Crown

Read the scores and tests in the new issue of MBUK, on sale now

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