Magura Odur review£254.00

Tough double-arch budget fork

BikeRadar score4/5

Magura’s tough budget fork gets the double arch treatment for serious stiffness, and we’re happy to say that the low-slung double arch certainly manages to lock down steering for outstanding on-trail accuracy that’ll shame anything this side of a bolt-through fork.

Although initially it felt a bit firm, the coil spring proved perfectly balanced for swallowing four-foot pancake landings without drama, while still maintaining small bump traction.

There’s plenty of controlled and consistent rebound adjustment and a solid fork top lockout too, with metal adjusters all round giving it a quality feel.

The IS disc mount is old-school, and canti bosses look awkward if you’re not using them, but stainless steel hardware extends lifespan, and the reliability is excellent. In fact, only the limited 85mm and 100mm travel options restrict the Odur’s obvious All-Mountain potential.

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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