The coil-sprung RockShox Tora 318 isn’t light for a trail fork, but it’s cheap and competent enough to consider as a cost-effective upgrade.
The structure shares the same lower legs with the other RockShox 32mm forks, and with steel stanchions plugged into them it feels impressively stiff. The steel steerer tube adds yet more weight, though, making it even heavier than the all-mountain RockShox Pike and Fox’s monster 36.
The Tora’s suspension stroke starts off quite stifﬂy, but after the seals and bushings smooth out, so does the fork. After a few rides it certainly feels acceptably plush and compliant enough over the small stuff.
Considering the price of the Tora (it’s one of teh cheapest good quality trail forks) and its basic damping, it’s not bad over bigger hits. It can suck up single big hits without spiking, and the external rebound damping and Turnkey lockout are both satisfactory and self-explanatory. Unlike most cheap forks, it doesn’t top out badly, either.
Successive hits such as big steps or random rocks throw the rebound – and consistent control – right out of kilter, however.
IS disc mounts make brake setup more awkward, but overall reliability is absolutely outstanding.