RockShox Tora 318 U-Turn Coil review

Not light, but a cost-effective upgrade

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £175.00 RRP
RockShox Tora 318 U-Turn

Our review

Heavy for cross-country but very reliable and competent enough
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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.

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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.

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IS disc mounts make brake setup more awkward, but overall reliability is absolutely outstanding. 

Product Specifications

Product

Name Tora 318 U-Turn Coil
Brand RockShox

Weight (g) 2315
Stanchion Diameter 32
Available Colours Black
Material Steel
Bike Use Trail
Spring Type Air
Min. Fork Travel 100mm
Max. Fork Travel 130mm
Year 2008
Damping Adjustment External Rebound
Damping Turnkey Lockout