Magura MD100 SL fork review£699.00

Excels as a race fork

BikeRadar score4/5

The superlight SL is our pure racer’s pick. For a start it’s extremely light (1,360g) and the double brace, 32mm leg design means we never noticed excess flex in the ride.

Cornering was obedient and there were no random twangs or running wide in rocky sections. It’ll even take a 210mm brake, although there are no screw-through axle or tapered steerer options.

The stripped down, non-adjustable Albert SL compression damping is tuned superbly for racers. The fork stays steady when climbing unless you really bounce out of the saddle, and it doesn’t dive under braking or cornering.

It feels tight through high-speed corners too, letting you look for a fast exit rather than wobbling about, and fire it straight down a set of steps or something rocky and it eats the lot without any sign of indigestion or loss of composure by the bottom. There are five colourways available.

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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