White Bros Magic fork review£600.00

Stiff suspension - in more ways than one

BikeRadar score3/5

White Brothers has never been afraid to follow its own path, and if you’re patient its approach has some real advantages.

For a start, the retro-looking completely CNC-machined structure is remarkably stiff even in quick-release form. The addition of a bolted 20mm axle makes the Magic forks unbelievably solid – ideal if you’re a big, aggressive rider who wants real point-and-shoot precision.

The magnetic ‘Magic’ IMV catch provides simple yet effective adjustment of initial sensitivity, too, only relocking once the trail smooths out. We totally beasted the last set we had with no ill effects.

The downside (apart from price) is that they feel totally wooden and clunky for at least the first couple of months. Even after that, low-pressure insensitivity and IMV ‘clunk’ makes them best suited to big riders rather than bantams.

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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