Magura Thor T140 fork review£781.00

Distinctive, but not a top performer

BikeRadar score2/5

Incremental improvements aren’t enough to make Magura’s expensive trail fork compete with the best. The distinctive double arch and Maxle 20mm axle lowers of the 2011 Thor make it a stiff and accurate steering structure. It’s an original fixed angle Maxle though, and the fork is heavy, at 1,994g.

New damping tweaks make it more supple and less dive-prone, so the working pressure range is broader and easier to find. Lighter oil means it now works in sub-zero conditions too. The remote travel adjust lever is still fragile and awkward to use though, and it’s just not as smooth or well damped as the best of the competition. It’s very expensive too.

Magura have made improvements to the Thor for 2012, including switching to a Maxle Lite axle and a more robust remote lever, shedding some weight and tweaking the internals. So, if you like the look of this fork, it may be worth waiting until the new version hits the shops.

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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