RockShox Tora forks come in a massive range of versions that we see – and enjoy – regularly on mid price complete bikes. Importers Fisher concentrate mainly on the adjustable travel U Turn versions though, so that’s what we’ve got here. Typically for RockShox the Toras take a while for the fork to relax after a shy start, but after a few rides you’ll notice the bumps have gone. It’s never outstandingly plush and we’ve had occasional compression clunk on some we’ve ridden, but overall the Motion Control damping is very controlled and consistent. This 318 version gets wide range rebound adjust and a fork top compression lever with preset Floodgate threshold for locking out on climbs.
The U-Turn travel adjust gets a rubber winding knob (top forks get a metal tab) but it’s still the simple reliable system everyone else tries to copy. With travel from 85-130mm it’s great for tweaking steering geometry or suiting different bikes if you’re likely to upgrade your frame some time soon.
Steel legs, coil springs and fixed V-brake studs means it’s no lightweight racer but it’s reasonably stiff and well priced if you’re after an adjustable fork.