White Brothers Magic 100 fork review£575.00

Off the pace

BikeRadar score2/5

White Brothers' forks have some interesting features, but performance of the 100mm-travel Magic 100 (an 80mm version is also available) is off the pace.

The CNC-machined structure with its skinny rounded arch and IS brake mounts looks archaic, although it’s reasonably stiff on the trail (especially the £599 20mm bolted axle version).

The air spring is adequately smooth and progressive, and the damping gets the same “it does okay most of the time” feedback from our test team. Reliability of White Brothers forks in recent years has been good.

The Magic lockout system relies on a moveable magnet to keep the compression lockout valve shut. The further away you move the magnet, the easier it is for the fork to open and take the hit.

While it does work, it’s not the smoothest or quietest system, with the on/off patter of the valve clear both in the stroke and the palm of your hands. It’s also heavy for a cross-country fork.

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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