Our reigning champion budget fork for as long as we can remember,the MX Comp still takes some beating. The secret lies in its simplicity.
Twin air chambers take up the whole top part of each leg, creating twin low pressure springs. These are less prone to leaking than high-pressure springs and the big volume ramps up less as the forks compress, too. Damping oil also lubricates the guts as it slops around. Rebound is a bit fast as standard, but internal adjustment only takes a couple of minutes. Once sorted, they squelch enthusiastically over any sort of terrain, only getting overly bouncy if you charge long and hard downhill and fizz the oil too much for it to work consistently. Sealing and reliability are excellent, though. Metal top caps add class and new post-style mounts make disc fitting easy. W eight is reasonable and performance for the price is superb. There's also a 85mm version available.