The Fox Float 32 Step-Cast FIT4 is one of the best race forks out there; noticeable reduction in weight has come at minimal cost in terms of performance.
Easier to set up than the Pike, with its 35mm stanchions and deeper crown, the RockShox Yari RC 140 is stiff, but it is carrying a bit of extra weight.
The Öhlins RXF 34 is a quality fork from Öhlins with adjustable spring progression. But its weight and damping make it less suitable for lighter riders.
Solid, reliable and easy to set up, the new RockShox Lyrik offers first class performance.
The Fox 36 still offered unparalleled control in rough terrain.
The 160mm-travel Diamond is packed with innovative features.
The silky smooth action of the Bos Deville means that traction and comfort on loose, rough trails are both first rate.
X-Fusion is playing catch-up, there are better options on the market right now.
For the money, the level of adjustment on this fork is amazing but there are a couple of niggles.
This is an excellent 160mm fork for the money — stiff, reasonably light and you couldn’t set it up badly if you tried.
The Manitou Mattoc Pro is hugely adjustable and easily the best entry-level 160mm fork on test.
The RXF 34 is Öhlins’s first mountain bike fork. Yes, the Swedish suspension specialist has had retrofit damper cartridges for Fox 40s before, and keen eyes may have spotted its…
USA-based suspension brand DVO (Developed Suspension) offers a range of three products — the Emerald dual-crown fork, the Jade coil shock and a 160mm travel single-crown fork called the Diamond. >>>…
X-Fusion Trace Roughcut is stiff, a reasonable weight, and has a top spec damper but needs a system for adjusting the spring progression to really challenge the big boys.
A great value fork but overdamped - £380
A good short travel option - £749.99
RockShox Pike RCT3 29 is a stiff fork with plenty of travel options and setting it up is child's play
If you want the best performing mid-travel trail fork in either 27.5 or 29in wheelsize, the Fox Float 34 factory series is definitely the one we’d recommend.
It’s easy to take one look at the new RockShox Lyrik and declare that it’s just a pumped-up Pike. And, in some ways it is. To begin with, it’s got…
Marzocchi’s 350CR is a 160mm-travel, 27.5in enduro/all-mountain fork designed to rival the performance of the RockShox Pike and Fox 36 — but at a cheaper price.