Magura Wotan fork review£650.00

Stiff and smooth but holds weight penalty

BikeRadar score4/5

The Magura Wotan is a well proven mountain performer with useful adjustability. The massive double arch chassis features a Maxle screw-through axle licensed from RockShox and direct-fit 200mm disc brake mounts, making it one of the stiffest, sturdiest 160mm forks around. 

The evolved Albert Plus system lets you tame its smooth and linear stroke with variable levels of platform damping, so this fork holds its line and maintains control very well, however mental the trail gets.

It’s heavy by current 160mm standards though, the Flight Control adjustable travel system (it drops to 120mm) needs practice to release on the fly and the remote lever is very fragile, but reliability is excellent otherwise and the price is good.

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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