Magura Wotan review£599.99

Still a cracking long-travel fork

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Last year’s best long-travel single-crown fork, the Wotan gets even smoother for 08. The big lowers get the stiffness benefits of Magura’s dual arch design and the two-position Maxle locks the wheel in simply for sharp steering and deflection-free control.

The Albert Select damping has better speed sensitivity for 2008 too. It’s butter smooth and free from traction ripples. You can add adjustable low speed platform damping for cornering/braking through the Albert Select twist cap.

The supplied Flight Control remote drops travel to 120mm (4.7in) for climbing, and while the new lever is a bit fragile, it’ll break rather than stick you in a crash. The only downside is relatively high weight, but if you can handle that it’s one of the best forks 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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